Nancy Wood Pond
Nancy Wood Pond, 87, who held several leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church, died of complications from a brain tumor Oct. 21 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Pond had lived in the Washington area since 1962. In 1971, she was the first woman to be named moderator of the Potomac Presbytery, the regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church of Washington, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
She was a member of the mission board of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served six years on the board of trustees of National Presbyterian Church in Washington. She also served on the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel, for which she received a distinguished service award.
Mrs. Pond was born in New Orleans and raised in Memphis. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis. She was a Red Cross volunteer at the National Institutes of Health from 1971 to 2004. She also volunteered for other charities, including Bethesda Cares, an organization to support the homeless.
She was a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda and was in the Bethesda Community Garden Club for nearly 40 years. She enjoyed international excursions for bird-watching and observing nature.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John Alden Pond of Bethesda; four children, Nancy M. Pond and John A. Pond Jr., both of Rockville, Jim W. Pond of Holliston, Mass., and Dr. Robert S. Pond of Geneva; a sister, Betty Herbers of Bethesda; a brother, Jim Wood of Memphis; and six grandchildren.
Jody Barlerin Mayer
Health Care Specialist
Josephine "Jody" Barlerin Mayer, 57, a one-time executive secretary who changed careers to become a clinical nursing specialist, died Oct. 20 of breast cancer at Capital Hospice in Arlington. She was an Arlington resident.
Mrs. Mayer was born in Berlin and spent much of her childhood in Paris, where her father was in the U.S. Foreign Service. She spoke fluent French throughout her life.
She lived in Washington in 1957-58 and attended Horace Mann Elementary School. She later lived in Tunisia, Morocco and Ankara, Turkey, where she graduated from high school. She attended Park College in Parkville, Mo., and Beirut College for Women in Lebanon.
From 1969 to 1974, Mrs. Mayer was a secretary for Stuart Petroleum Co. in Washington.
After living in San Francisco for a few years, she returned to Washington in 1977 and worked as a secretary at a drug abuse center in Rosslyn.
She was a senior secretary with Planning Research Corp. in McLean from 1979 to 1982 and then an executive secretary at MCI/Satellite Business Systems from 1982 to 1987.
In 1986, Mrs. Mayer had surgery to help her overcome epilepsy. Her experience led her to enter health care, and after attending Northern Virginia Community College, she became a certified nursing assistant.
From 1990 to 1995, she was a nursing assistant in the oncology and surgical units at what is now Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She worked as a home care nurse in Arlington in 1995 and 1996 before becoming an AIDS care specialist with the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington from 1996 to 1999.
Since 2000, she had been a nursing assistant in the dementia and Alzheimer's special care unit at Brighton Gardens, an assisted living facility in Arlington. For the past five winters, she was a private-duty home-care nurse in Clearwater, Fla.
Mrs. Mayer volunteered with the Epilepsy Foundation and worked as a lobbyist for the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. She attended the signing of the bill at the White House.
She was also a volunteer with the Red Cross and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She had been a member of the Arlington Jaycees and, from 1996 to 2002, co-editor of the Lyon Park Citizens Association newsletter in Arlington.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Lawrence R. Mayer of Arlington; her mother, Virginia Barlerin of Washington; a sister, Joan Flaherty of Montclair; a brother, Peter Barlerin of Paris; and a half-brother, Michael Barlerin of New York.