Ardis Winifred Bryan

Navy Wife, Volunteer

Ardis Winifred Bryan, 83, a Navy wife who cared for enlisted people and their families, died Aug. 22 at a nursing home in Sun City Center, Fla., of complications after a stroke. She was a former resident of St. Leonard.

While living in the Washington area at different times from 1959 to 1992, she volunteered with the Navy and at Vincent Hall in McLean. In the 1960s, she worked briefly at Woodward & Lothrop department store. She was a member of McLean Presbyterian Church.

She was born in Villisca, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa before leaving to marry a Navy ensign in 1944. During the next 36 years, she moved with her husband to several duty stations.

In 1978, Mrs. Bryan christened the destroyer tender USS Acadia and became a member of the Navy's Society of Sponsors. She also was a member of the Navy Wives Club.

Mrs. Bryan and her husband moved to St. Leonard in 1985 and to Florida in 1992.

Survivors include her husband, retired Navy Vice Adm. C. Russell Bryan of Sun City Center; two children, Sidra Van Norden of Germantown and retired Navy Capt. C.R. Bryan of Chesapeake, Va.; four sisters, Shirley Shafton and Alice Ashin, both of Arlington, and Lillian Day and Jini Westerlund, both of Villisca; two brothers, Russ Froyd of Des Moines and Frank Froyd of Denver; and seven granddaughters.

Mary Anna Hennessey


Mary Anna Hennessey, 64, a former secretary with the Maryland State Department of Health, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was a Gambrills resident.

Mrs. Hennessey, who was known as Anne, was born in Baltimore. After graduating from Seton Hall High School in 1959, she joined the state health department, where she was head secretary in the Division of Drug Control, the Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning. She retired in 1987 after 28 years with the department.

In retirement, she was a volunteer at the Crofton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center and a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Odenton. She also was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 276.

Her marriage to Ronald W. Brown ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Morris Lester Hennessey of Gambrills; three children from her first marriage, Jude Anne Brown-Bellamy of Bel Air, Md., Ronald W. Brown of Herndon and Tracey Brown Lambeth of Bel Air; and four grandchildren.

Frances T. Mann

Antiques Dealer

Frances T. Mann, 92, a native Washingtonian and retired antiques dealer, died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia Sept. 9 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Mann graduated from Eastern High School and for about a year studied voice at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore.

She and her husband, O. Earl Mann, operated Hunting Hill Antiques, mainly at Washington area shows for collectibles and antiques, for 30 years until the mid-1990s. She also worked as a voice instructor in the 1950s and 1960s and sang as a soloist at local churches.

Her husband died in 1997, and a daughter, Allyson Mann, died in 2003.

Survivors include her daughter Marilyn Mann of Silver Spring.