Catherine Flynn Misner, 85, a former clerk with the National Security Agency, died May 23 of cancer at her home in Nokomis, Fla. She was a former resident of Washington and Wheaton.
Mrs. Misner, known as Kitty, was born in New York and moved to Georgetown after being orphaned at the age of 8.
As her childhood friend Millie Boland recalled, the Georgetown of their youth was an idyllic, close-knit community, where, as youngsters, they played in Montrose Park, as well as in Oak Hill Cemetery and on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks.
In high school, they hung out at the soda fountain inside the venerable Morgan's Pharmacy at 30th and P streets NW. Sipping their 5-cent Cokes, the girls would cast furtive glances at the adolescent "drugstore cowboys" slouching insouciantly on the sidewalk.
She loved to dance, and during World War II was a regular at canteens held at Georgetown churches held for GIs stationed in the area.
Boland recalled that on V-J Day, she, Mrs. Misner and other friends were walking along P Street to Wisconsin Avenue, a route that led them past the Georgetown house where Gene Kelly was living while he served in the Navy. In the midst of a V-J party, the famous dancer and actor came out and gave each of the exultant young women a celebratory kiss.
"It was really the best place to live there was," Boland recalled, noting that Mrs. Misner kept in touch through the years with many of the friends who shared her Georgetown childhood.
Mrs. Misner graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Georgetown in the late 1930s and went to work for Garfinckel's department store in the designer clothing department. Her job was to arrange appointments for well-heeled Garfinckel's customers who wanted their apparel custom made by a designer of their choice. She stayed with the landmark Washington department store through the 1950s.
In 1960, she took a job as an administrative clerk with the National Security Agency in Laurel, living in Wheaton. She loved the work, whatever it was; she always was secretive about NSA secrets, Boland recalled. During that period, she was a vice regent with the Wheaton chapter of the Loyal Order of Moose.
She retired in 1980 and moved with her husband to Nokomis in 1984. In retirement, she traveled occasionally, to Ireland twice and back to Washington as often as she could.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, John Misner of Nokomis.