Marie Fuhs Cyr, 99, a retired legal secretary for the general counsel of the Atomic Energy Commission and a 30-year resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, died Aug. 17 at Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh. She suffered complications from a fall and a concussion Aug. 8.
Born in Verona, N.Y., she completed business school in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1924 and moved to Washington. She worked as a secretary with the Interstate Commerce Commission as it was establishing the first motor vehicles division. She married in 1930 and a few years later began raising a family.
She attended the first inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and developed a lifelong appreciation for Washington politics and the political process.
After World War II, she moved to Chicago, where her husband started a patent law practice. In 1951, the family moved to Gary, Ind., where Mrs. Cyr became a legal secretary. Ten years later, the family returned to the Washington area, and she joined the Atomic Energy Commission. She retired in 1971.
Mrs. Cyr was among the first residents at Leisure World in Silver Spring in 1970. After retiring, she traveled the world with groups from the retirement community. She visited Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Egypt. She loved Rome and Italy, and she often told stories about her experiences in India and Kenya. Her last trip was a train ride through the western Canadian Rockies with high tea in Victoria, when she was in her eighties.
Mrs. Cyr made deliveries for Meals on Wheels and prepared large dishes of meatloaf for So Others Might Eat in the District. She served as a volunteer at Montgomery General Hospital for 24 years until age 90. She helped build Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Montgomery County with her financial support and sang in the choir for many years.
Quick-witted and humorous, Mrs. Cyr enjoyed talking about her "flapper" days in the 1920s and used to demonstrate the Charleston dance for her children, said her daughter, Kathleen Townsend of Raleigh.
She studied classical piano and played in two recitals at the old Masonic Auditorium, at 13th Street and New York Avenue NW, as a member of an eight-handed quartet of Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, as well as in individual performances.
She loved the theater and the arts and was a voracious reader of historical political biographies. At the time of her death, she was rereading a lengthy biography of President John Adams.
She moved to Raleigh in 2003 to be near her daughter and had lived semi-independently until three months before her death.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Robert Cyr of Springville, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.