Hester Catherine Rice Clark


Hester Catherine Rice Clark, 84, a career volunteer, died of heart disease June 1 at her daughter's home in Simpsonville, S.C.

She was born in Hayden, Ariz., and attended Arizona Teachers College. She married and settled in Annandale in 1946 and helped set up the first Annandale Elementary School library in 1951. In 1956, the family moved to Clifton, where she was a volunteer instructional aide in the elementary school and helped establish the Whistlestop 4H Club in 1965.

She was recognized by the Clifton Lions Club as "citizen of the year" in 1973. The following year, she was "District 4-H Volunteer" for a 19-county area. Mrs. Clark helped establish the Fairfax County Volunteer Center in 1975. She was president of the Virginia 4-H Leaders Association in 1978. She also was a member of Clifton Presbyterian Church. In 1994, she moved to her daughter's South Carolina home.

Her husband, Victor C. Clark, died in 1983.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth N. Clark of Centreville, Andrew V. Clark of Tokyo and Roger B. Clark of Andersonville, S.C.; three daughters, Beth H. Schang of Blacksburg, Va., Miriam C. Morrison of Warrenton and Jennifer C. Warner of Simpsonville; a sister; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.

Elisabeth Falconer-Fledderus

Executive Assistant

Elisabeth Henriette Falconer-Fledderus, 80, an executive assistant at the American Medical Association, died of a heart attack May 25 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She was a resident of Arlington.

Mrs. Falconer-Fledderus worked at the AMA's Washington office for 35 years, retiring in 1990. She previously worked at the Royal Netherlands Embassy, from 1951 until 1955, when she married an American and was thus required to leave the embassy's employ.

Mrs. Falconer-Fledderus was born in Leerdam in the Netherlands and was fluent in Dutch, English, French and German. She was working as a postal clerk at the outbreak of World War II and learned from the Dutch Resistance how to sabotage telegrams sent by the Germans. She and her family survived the Hunger Winter of 1944, when Dutch citizens were allowed only 400 calories a day. After the war, Mrs. Falconer-Fledderus worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, working on the recovery and repatriation of Dutch prisoners of war from Germany.

Her family immigrated to the United States in 1948, settling in New York. She moved to Washington in 1951.

Mrs. Falconer-Fledderus served on the board of elders and board of deacons at Fairlington Presbyterian Church and was a member of the church choir.

She also was a member of the National Humane Education Society and the Women's Club of Arlington.

Her husband of 37 years, David Gray Falconer, died in 1992.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Mary Elizabeth Falconer Boren of San Rafael, Calif., and a sister.

Luster Kate Croy Henderson

Bank Secretary

Luster Kate Croy Henderson, 90, a secretary at an Alexandria bank, died May 31 of a heart attack at her Alexandria home.

Mrs. Henderson, who was born in Watauga, Tenn., came to the Washington area in the early 1930s. She worked for an electronics firm in Alexandria during World War II before joining the old First and Citizens National Bank as a bookkeeper. She later worked as a secretary in the Bradley branch of the bank in Alexandria until her retirement in the mid-1980s.

Mrs. Henderson was a member of Del Ray United Methodist Church in Alexandria and enjoyed sharing flowers and vegetables from her garden with others. She was known to her nieces and nephews as Aunt Kate.

Her husband, John T. Henderson, whom she married in the mid-1930s, died in 1983.

There are no immediate survivors.