Annie MacRae Stapp

Sales Clerk, Club Member

Annie MacRae Stapp, 85, an officer in the Vienna Woman's Club, died of cancer July 25 at Capital Hospice in Arlington. She was a 50-year resident of Vienna.

Mrs. Stapp was born in Elgin, Scotland, and came to the United States during World War II as a Wren, a member of the British Women's Royal Naval Service. After being stationed at Roosevelt Island, N.Y., and Annapolis, she came to Washington, where she worked in the office of the British naval attache.

After she married in 1943, she lived in Washington and Arlington before settling in Vienna.

Mrs. Stapp worked as a sales clerk at the old Phillipsborn women's clothing store in Tysons Corner. She held several offices with the Vienna Woman's Club, including on its fine arts and fundraising committees.

She was a member of the Vienna Arts Society and served on a mayoral advisory committee. Mrs. Stapp also was a member of the Vienna branch of the Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association, a club of British "G.I. brides" and their families.

Her other interests included gardening, painting, photography and reading.

Her daughter, Barbara Anne Stapp, died in 2000.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Lawrence G. Stapp of Vienna; a daughter, Marianne Stapp of Nashville; a brother; and a granddaughter.

Charles Allyn Avant

Music Enthusiast

Charles Allyn Avant, 73, a 1949 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, died July 29 at the Kensington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been living for the past five years. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Avant was born in Raleigh, N.C., and raised in Bethesda. Early in his life, he received a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Since then, he had been an active participant in therapy programs for people who have disabilities.

He lived in group homes, mainly in Baltimore. He enjoyed music, especially singing while playing the guitar or piano.

Survivors include a brother, Robert Avant of Silver Spring.