Mary Louise Berkeley

Church Volunteer

Mary Louise Berkeley, 91, a minister's wife and church volunteer for many years, died of pneumonia Oct. 5 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax.

Before moving to Fairfax in 1991, she was a longtime resident of Virginia Beach, where her husband was rector of Galilee Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Berkeley was born in Goldsboro, N.C., and attended Salem College. After her marriage, she was active in parishes in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. Her parish work usually focused on Christian education.

She attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Burke.

Her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Edmund Berkeley, died in 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Berkeley Stoy of Fairfax Station; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard B. Owen

Foreign Service Officer

Richard B. Owen, 79, a State Department Foreign Service officer, died Oct. 7 of cancer at his home in Annapolis.

Mr. Owen joined the Foreign Service in 1952 and was first assigned to Havana. After postings in Belfast and La Paz, Bolivia, he served on the Cuba desk of the State Department in Washington at the time Fidel Castro took control of the nation in 1959.

He was later an economic officer in the Philippines and served in Venezuela, El Salvador and Vietnam. His final two posts were in Madrid and Mexico City, where he was commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy.

After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1982, Mr. Owen continued to work for the State Department's board of examiners and later as an arbitrator with its grievance board. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Owen was born in Highland Park, Mich., and served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1946. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1973.

He also did graduate work at the University of California and at the National War College.

After living in Bethesda for many years, he and his wife moved to Annapolis, where they enjoyed sailing.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Anne Marie Owen of Annapolis; four children, Laurie Owen and Patrick Owen, both of Washington, Sally Owen of Reston and Wendy Owen of Annapolis; and one grandson.

Susan Eakins

Businesswoman, Activist

Susan Eakins, 64, a linguist who owned and operated a translating business and a company that led horseback tours, died Oct. 2 at her home in Alexandra. She had diabetes.

Besides SME Associates and Eastern Trekking Associates, Ms. Eakins spent years as an activist for the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women. She also worked for several Democratic political campaigns in Northern Virginia.

She was coordinator for the Alexandria chapter of Virginians for the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have banned discrimination on the basis of sex. The commonwealth's legislature did not ratify the ERA in 1982, but Ms. Eakins was credited with a role in the reelection defeat of Del. James M. Thomson (D-Alexandria), the House majority leader and a major obstacle to the ERA's passage.

Susan Marianchild Eakins was born in Ford City, Pa., and spent her high school years in Webster Groves, Mo. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received a master's degree in English literature from George Mason University.

She settled in the Washington area in the mid-1960s and spent about 20 years as a translator for the Patent and Trademark Office. She then started her own businesses.

Her marriage to Larry Blair ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Margaret Blair of Syracuse, N.Y., and Air Force Master Sgt. David Blair of Langley Air Force Base, Va.; two brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Barbara LeMay Howley

Church Member

Barbara LeMay Howley, 79, a longtime Washington resident and church member, died Oct. 8 of a heart attack at her summer home at Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Mrs. Howley was born in Montreal and was an alumna of Foxcroft School in Middleburg. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1946, she settled in Washington and worked for several years at the Department of Labor before her marriage in 1956.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington. She volunteered at the Washington Home nursing facility.

Her husband, J. Walter Howley, died in 1972.

Survivors include a brother.

Corinne E. Fitzgerald

Psychiatric Nurse

Corinne E. Fitzgerald, 52, a psychiatric nurse, died of colon cancer Oct. 12 at her home in Gaithersburg. For the past 13 years, she worked as a care manager for ValueOptions, a Falls Church mental health care firm.

Ms. Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, Mass., and grew up in Enfield, Conn. She graduated from Syracuse University and received a master's degree in nursing from Boston College in 1979.

She moved to the Washington area in 1982 and worked as a psychiatric nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and was a nursing unit coordinator at Dominion Hospital in Falls Church before taking a position with ValueOptions in 1990.

In 1987, Ms. Fitzgerald moved to Gaithersburg, where she was active in the PTA at Rosemont Elementary and Forest Oak Middle schools.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Alan Martinson, and two sons, Lukas Martinson and Erik Martinson, all of Gaithersburg; a sister; and a brother.