Jeannette C. Adams

Air Force Wife, Teacher

Jeannette C. Adams, 79, an Air Force wife and former teacher, died Sept. 27 of Alzheimer's disease at Falcons Landing nursing home in Sterling. A former resident of Alexandria, she also had lived in Waynewood.

She was born Jeannette Malloy Chichester in Macon, Ga., where she attended Wesleyan College for two years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was an English major and a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

She met her husband-to-be, a West Point cadet, on a blind date on Christmas Eve in 1945, filling in for a girlfriend who was dating her brother. After marrying in 1947, she embarked on a career as an Air Force wife. She raised three children through 20 assignments and as many relocations, including two tours of duty in Japan, with the first during the Korean War.

At various times Mrs. Adams ran a Cub Scout pack, teen club and officers' wives club. She learned Chinese cooking and ikebana, the art of flower arranging, in Japan. Returning to the United States, she obtained a California teaching certificate from San Bernardino State College and taught second grade in Rialto, Calif. She also worked for the Hampton Chronicle newspaper in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

Mrs. Adams was a dedicated reader, with a special interest in Southern writers. She also enjoyed genealogy, cooking, gardening, quilting and her cats. She was a member of Quilters Unlimited and the Garden Club of Waynewood, where she and her husband lived in retirement since 1980. She had moved to Alexandria in 1977.

Survivors include her husband, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Ranald T. Adams Jr. of Waynewood; three children, Ranald T. Adams III of Hyde Park, N.Y., Mary Adams Lafsky of Great Falls and Jeannette Adams Neale of Seattle; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Sally J. Gaither


Sally J. Gaither, 74, a former secretary with the Police Foundation, a research organization in Washington, died of lung failure Oct. 1 at her home in Ellicott City.

Mrs. Gaither, who had lived in the Washington area since 1948, was a native of Watertown, N.Y.

She was a receptionist at Kay's Kut and Kurl hair salon and a sales clerk at Gordon's Booksellers, both in Laurel, before working at the Police Foundation in the early 1980s.

She enjoyed traveling to Europe and Asia, sewing, playing bridge and working on crossword puzzles.

Her marriage to William R. Page ended in divorce. Her second husband, Edward Gaither, died in 2004, after 20 years of marriage.

Survivors include five children from her first marriage, Bill Page Jr. of Clearwater, Fla., Patricia Stallsmith of Kensington, Susan Hughson of Gaithersburg, Julie DiBlasi of Severna Park and Marie Westhaver of Columbia; a brother; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Margaret Wilbur

Administrative Assistant

Margaret Hobbs Wilbur, 66, a Potomac resident who formerly did administrative work for area real estate development businesses, died Oct. 1 at Suburban Hospital. She had leukemia.

Mrs. Wilbur was born in Rhinelander, Wis., and attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. She settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s.

She was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Rockville and the American Sewing Guild. She also did volunteer work for Brookside Gardens in Wheaton.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Charles J. Wilbur of Potomac; five children, Michael Wilbur of Odenton, Terri Wilbur of Stafford, Sandi Wilbur of Fulton, Mo., and Mark Wilbur and Scott Wilbur, both of Olney; two brothers; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.