Alice O'Meara de la Haba

Technical Writer, Editor

Alice O'Meara de la Haba, 77, a retired technical writer and editor with Maxima Corp., a Montgomery County-based computer systems engineering business, died Aug. 25 at a nursing home in Jackson, Wyo. She had liver disease.

Mrs. de la Haba spent a few years as a technical writer and editor at Technassociates before joining Maxima in the late 1970s. She retired from Maxima in 1995 and moved to Wyoming from Alexandria last year.

She was born in Chicago and raised in Lenox, Mass. She was a 1948 graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey.

Early in her career, she was a women's page reporter for the Berkshire Eagle newspaper in Pittsfield, Mass. She settled in the Washington area in 1961.

Her husband, Louis de la Haba, whom she married in 1957, died in 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Alison Wolverton of Jackson; and a granddaughter.

Betty Jane Rankin

Homemaker, Bookkeeper

Betty Jane Rankin, 82, a homemaker who worked in the bookkeeping department of the National Geographic Society from 1967 to 1976, died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at Shady Grove Nursing Home in Rockville.

She was born Betty Jane Ross in Rankin, Pa. She worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. in Pittsburgh before marrying and relocating to the Washington area in 1946. She worked at National Geographic Society's Gaithersburg office.

Mrs. Rankin was a charter member of Glenmont Methodist Church.

She was active in the Kensington Chapter No. 39 of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she held the title of past matron. She also was the grand rep to the states of South Carolina and Colorado and grand marshal of the grand chapter of the state of Maryland. She also was a past grand worthy president of a ladies' council.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Raymond B. Rankin of Rockville; a son, Jeffrey Rankin of Urbana, Md.; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Dorothy Zubak Batovsky

Vitro Labs Librarian

Dorothy Zubak Batovsky, 84, who spent 21 years as a technical librarian at Vitro Labs in Montgomery County until retiring in the early 1980s, died Sept. 1 of respiratory arrest at Kensington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Batovsky was born in Smock, Pa., and settled in the Washington area about 1960. She was a Silver Spring resident.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Paul Batovsky of Silver Spring; two sons, Paul Batovsky Jr. of Georgetown, Tenn., and David Batovsky of Union Bridge, Md.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.