Ruth Heid Cavanaugh

Secretary, Church Member

Ruth Heid Cavanaugh, 94, a former secretary and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, died June 17 of cancer at her Washington home.

Mrs. Cavanaugh was born in Riverdale at a time when it was known as Riversdale. She was a graduate of Hyattsville High School and of the Washington School for Secretaries.

During the 1930s, she was a secretary with the International Association of Machinists and with the old U.S. News magazine, before its merger with World Report.

Mrs. Cavanaugh had lived in the District since 1937, except for three years in the 1940s when her husband, an FBI special agent, was assigned to Cincinnati, New York City and Grand Rapids, Mich.

She had been a member of Holy Trinity Church since 1937. For 50 years, she was a member of the Christ Child Society, an organization that assists needy children. She was bookkeeper of the Christ Child Opportunity Shop in Georgetown for 30 years. In 1956, she was vice president of the Mothers Club of Gonzaga College High School.

Her husband of 32 years, Joseph I. Cavanaugh, died in 1969. A daughter, Mary Ellen Cavanaugh, died at age 13 in 1954.

Survivors include four sons, Michael J. Cavanaugh of Bethesda and J. Timothy Cavanaugh, Peter A. Cavanaugh and Jerome F. Cavanaugh, all of Washington; a sister, Ellen Wright of Washington; a brother, Joseph Heid of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Charles Wilson Cline

Car and Truck Salesman

Charles Wilson Cline, 85, a salesman for many years at Ford dealerships in Alexandria, died of Alzheimer's disease June 10 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Cline, who was known as Chuck, was born on the family farm in Mount Clinton, Va., and graduated from Mount Clinton High School. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

He owned Colcross Tire Co. in Alexandria from 1943 to 1953 and was a top salesman for Ourisman's World of Ford, formerly Herby's Ford, in Alexandria from 1953 until retiring in 2000. He sold cars and trucks and was designated a "truck engineer" when Herby's Ford became a "super-duty Ford truck dealer." He was initially responsible for Ford's large-truck sales for all of Virginia.

In 1970, he received Ford's Top Hatter Award as one of the top five salesmen in Northern Virginia. On several occasions, he was recognized as a member of the "Ford Salesmen 300-500 Club," a national award based on number of units sold.

He was a member of the Alexandria Civitan Club, the Mount Vernon Lions Club and the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth "Beth" Lee Cline of Alexandria; three children, Carolyn Lee Green of Williamsburg, Robert Joseph Cline of Washington and Keith Wilson Cline of Manassas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Judy Kay Dailey

Clerk, Patient Advocate

Judy Kay Dailey, 64, a grocery store clerk and advocate for cancer patients, died June 6 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She had ovarian cancer.

Mrs. Dailey had lived in Alexandria since 1969. She worked briefly for the old Basics grocery chain. Before retiring in 2000, she worked for many years as a part-time clerk for Giant Food at its Beacon Mall location in Alexandria.

After receiving a diagnosis of late-stage ovarian cancer in 2001, Mrs. Dailey became an advocate for other patients, informally mentoring them and helping guide them through the medical bureaucracy. She enrolled in chemical trial programs and, in June 2004, spoke at Cancer Survivors Day at Walter Reed.

Mrs. Dailey was born in Watertown, S.D. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria for 35 years.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, retired Army Master Sgt. Matthew Dailey of Alexandria; three children, Monica Grabowska of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Mary Meagher of Hagerstown, Md., and Mark Dailey of Alexandria; two sisters and one brother; and four granddaughters.

Victoria A. Ecklund

Nurse, Counselor

Victoria A. Ecklund, 83, a nurse and addiction counselor, died of cancer June 9 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was a resident of Falcons Landing retirement home in Sterling.

Mrs. Ecklund first lived in the Washington area from 1949 to 1951 and later lived in McLean from 1968 to 1992. She was born in Marshfield, Wis., and graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in her home town.

From 1944 to 1948, she was in the nursing corps of the Army Air Forces and Air Force. She attained the rank of first lieutenant.

She was a member of the Virginia Nurses Association and was a certified addiction counselor. For many years, she was a counselor in a program sponsored by the association to assist chemically dependent nurses.

Mrs. Ecklund enjoyed painting in her leisure time.

Her husband of 43 years, retired Air Force Col. Eugene Ecklund, died in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Ecklund of Manassas and Edward Ecklund of Woodstock, Md.; and four grandchildren.

Frances Miller Gravatte

Bed-and-Breakfast Proprietor

Frances Miller Gravatte, 94, a former credit union administrator and a bed-and-breakfast proprietor in Bethany Beach, Del., died of congestive heart failure June 16 at her Alexandria home.

Mrs. Gravatte was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1929. She attended the University of Maryland for a year and then, after her marriage, became a homemaker and lived in the District.

She moved to Alexandria in 1938. After her children were grown, she began working as an administrator for the Navy Federal Credit Union, where she was employed from 1955 to 1974.

After she retired, she became the proprietor of the Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast in Bethany Beach, a three-story, 14-bedroom Victorian showplace fronting the beach. "She loved that place with a passion," one of her sons said.

Her repeat customers were like family and she was deeply involved in the life of the Bethany Beach community. She was past president of the Bethany Beach Women's Civic Club at a time when the club was responsible for maintaining lifeguard service along the beach.

She lived in Bethany Beach during the tourist season and in Alexandria during the winter. In Alexandria, she was active with the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Eastern Star. From 1940 to 2005, she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years, L. Trice Gravatte Jr. of Alexandria; two sons, Leroy Trice Gravatte III of Springfield and Bethany Beach, and Charles M. Gravatte of Hamilton, Va.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Won Heung Kim

Service Station Owner

Won Heung Kim, 60, the owner of Key Bridge Exxon in Georgetown, died of Parkinson's syndrome May 29 at Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington. He had lived in McLean since 1985.

Mr. Kim, who was born in Seoul, served in the Republic of Korea army for three years. He graduated from Seoul National University in 1969 with a degree in geology. He came to the United States in 1970 to pursue graduate studies in engineering at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

He moved to Washington in the early 1970s and then to Northern Virginia, where he began working as an auto mechanic. He became owner of an Exxon station at 13th and L in the District in 1977 and of Key Bridge Exxon in 1982. He also owned McLean BP in McLean and, from 1996 to 2000, Silver Hill Amoco in Suitland.

Mr. Kim was a member of St. Paul Chung's Catholic Church in Fairfax.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Eun Hee Kim of McLean; and three children, Simin Kim, Benjamin Kim and Virginia Kim, all of McLean.

Leona 'Lee' Lyngard

Riding School Manager

Leona "Lee" Lyngard, 89, manager of a riding school and a Red Cross volunteer, died June 14 at her home in Columbia. She had diabetes.

Mrs. Lyngard had lived in the Washington area since 1955, first in Alexandria, then in Columbia since 1996. She was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross and spent 17 years as the manager of Patty's Riding Stable in Burke.

She was born in Talcville, N.Y., and grew up in Edwards, N.Y. She was a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

She enjoyed children, animals and horseback riding.

Her husband of 55 years, Henry Lyngard, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children, Richard J. Lyngard of Midland, Md., Stefani E. Lyngard of Columbia and Barry C. Lyngard of Flourtown, Pa.; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Kathleen Paterson Snedaker


Kathleen Paterson Snedaker, 92, a volunteer and world traveler, died of multiple organ failure June 11 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Snedaker, who was born in Buffalo, had lived in the District since 1971.

She volunteered as a reader for the blind and was a member of the League of Women Voters.

She attended Vassar College and received a master's degree in social work from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

During World War II, she joined the Red Cross and was assigned to Cairo to assist convalescing Allied soldiers. She later lived in Tokyo, London and Sydney with her husband, an executive with Time-Life International.

Mrs. Snedaker had a second home in Oxford, Md., for many years.

Her husband of 25 years, John Snedaker, died in 1971.

Survivors include a daughter, Gail Scott of Sydney; and a grandson.