May Louise Burns Ordoyne

English Teacher

May Louise Burns Ordoyne, 86, a former English teacher at Fort Hunt High School, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease July 10 at Kindred Hospital in New Orleans. A former resident of Alexandria, she lived in Ponchatoula, La.

Mrs. Ordoyne was born in Ponchatoula and received an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1939. She also attended Louisiana State University.

She taught English at Ponchatoula High School before her marriage in 1946 and then was an Army wife until her husband's retirement in 1961. In 1967, she became an English teacher at Alexandria's Fort Hunt High School (now Carl Sandburg Middle School). A popular teacher despite being a stickler for high standards, she retired in 1980 and moved with her husband back to Ponchatoula.

An inveterate writer of letters to the editor during her years in Alexandria, she often offered her outspoken opinions about Washington area sports teams, particularly the Redskins.

One indignant letter voiced her concern about construction of the Mount Vernon bike path, where her favorite blackberry patch was being destroyed. A superb cook, she specialized in strawberry jam, gumbo and Louisiana praline candies. For many years, chef Emeril Lagasse enjoyed a batch of her pralines at Christmas.

Mrs. Ordoyne's husband, retired Army Maj. Lucien Philip Ordoyne, died in 1998. A daughter, Laura Ordoyne Monger of Richmond, died in 2002.

Survivors include a son, John Philip Ordoyne of New Orleans, and two daughters, Susan Ordoyne McNamara of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Lisa Ordoyne Custer of Annapolis; and seven grandchildren.

Judy Kay Eastman

Engineering Company Worker

Judy Kay Eastman, 56, a former employee of an engineering firm, died of cancer July 24 at her home in Germantown.

Mrs. Eastman came to the Washington area with her family in 1987. She assembled aircraft components at Lucas Weinschel Inc., an engineering company in Gaithersburg, from 1988 to 1995. She went on medical disability with torticollis, a degenerative nerve disorder.

She was born in Hazel Green, Wis., and grew up in Galena, Ill. She worked as a silkscreen printer in Illinois before moving to Maryland.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Howard C. Eastman of Germantown; three sons, Chad Eastman of Damascus, Shawn Eastman of Germantown and Shane Eastman of Crofton; two sisters; one brother; and two grandchildren.

James M. Butler

Mechanical Engineer

James M. Butler, 27, a mechanical engineer with BAE Systems in Rockville, died July 24 at the Comprehensive Transplant Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, in Chapel Hill, N.C. His death was the result of complications after a double lung transplant June 11. He had cystic fibrosis.

Mr. Butler, an Olney resident, was born in Silver Spring and graduated from Good Counsel High School in Silver Spring in 1996. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Maryland in 2000.

He joined BAE Systems immediately after graduation. He was a project leader in the joint U.S.-British Trident strategic weapons system program, performing analysis on the testing of weapons systems after their installation in a sub-hull. He was the point of contact with the British minister of defense.

He was a baseball player in high school and played softball on men's teams in Montgomery County.

Survivors include his father, John J. Butler of Olney; a brother, Matthew J. Butler, also of Olney; his maternal grandparents, Isabel and Martin Drain of Hyattsville; and his paternal grandfather, James J. Butler of Hyattsville.

Rebecca Karen Reynolds

Office Manager

Rebecca Karen Reynolds, 59, an office manager and employment manager, died of pancreatic cancer July 22 at a hospice in Wyndmoor, Pa. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2001, she lived in the Washington area for 35 years.

Ms. Reynolds, who was known to many of her Washington friends as Karen, was born in Tulsa and attended business college there. She came to Washington in the mid-1960s and joined the State Department as an administrative assistant. She was stationed in Tokyo, Paris and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as Washington.

She left the State Department in 1974 and held several human resources jobs for a variety of companies and agencies. She worked as manager of employment for the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds in Washington from 1988 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, she was office manager of the Open Society Institute, a private grantmaking foundation focused on human rights and social reform.

In 2001, she moved to Philadelphia, where she was office manager of Impact Services, a nonprofit social services agency.

Ms. Reynolds lived in Takoma Park until the early 1980s, when she settled in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of the District.

She was a member of Potomac Executive Network and volunteered at the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Mautner Project, a national lesbian health organization. She was known as an excellent cook and enjoyed visiting Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Survivors include a sister, Millie Stratton of Oklahoma City; and three brothers, Mort Reynolds of Indianapolis, Steven Reynolds of Norman, Okla., and David Reynolds of Tulsa.

Arlene J. Reed

Banquet Waitress

Arlene J. Reed, 77, a longtime banquet waitress at Holiday Inn Old Town in Alexandria, died of congestive heart failure July 19 at Virginia Hospital Center. She had lived in Arlington since 1957.

Mrs. Reed was born in Ware, Mass., and grew up in Springfield, Mass. She attended Park Edge Secretarial School and worked for Sears Roebuck and Co. in Massachusetts.

After marrying in 1951, Mrs. Reed was a homemaker until 1978, when she went to work for Holiday Inn. She was a member of the Army-Navy Nine Hole Ladies Club in the 1990s. She loved golfing and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Lewis H. Reed Jr. of Arlington; four children, Lewis H. Reed III of Morristown, N.J., Arlene J. Klaasen of Boca Raton, Fla., Michele R. Salzano of South Riding and Robert P. Reed of Gainesville; and five grandchildren.

William J. Pepper

Carpentry Business Owner

William Joseph Pepper, 84, who formerly owned and operated the Pepper Construction Co., a carpentry business in Silver Spring, died July 24 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Pepper was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and settled in the Washington area in 1939. During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard in the Atlantic as a pharmacist's mate.

He started his own business in 1952, and a son took over the company in 1996.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marion Johnson Pepper of Silver Spring; five children, Patricia Pepper of Takoma Park, Charles Pepper of Charles Town, W.Va., Marion Pepper of Sacramento and William Pepper and Catherine Lee, both of Silver Spring; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.