Lourdes Ventura Morales
Early Childhood Services Supervisor
Lourdes Ventura Morales, 81, a supervisor in the District's Early Childhood Services Division until retiring in 1992, died Oct. 27 of lung cancer at her home in Tysons Corner.
Before joining the District government in 1980, Ms. Morales helped establish and then supervised the Model Cities-Catholic Charities Center in Northeast Washington. The center, a first of its kind 30 years ago, served children and their parents.
Ms. Morales was born in Laoag, Philippines, and graduated from the University of the Philippines. She received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin in 1960. Ms. Morales was a supervisor in the Philippines Bureau of Public Schools for 10 years, traveling throughout the country giving in-service training to the teachers.
In 1962, Ms. Morales starred in the first Philippine cultural mission to Southeast Asia, performing folk dances that demonstrated the commonalities of the cultures rather than the differences.
She immigrated to the United States and moved to Washington in 1969.
In retirement, she became a docent in the Discovery Room of the National Museum of Natural History. She also worked part time at the YWCA's Child Development Center in Vienna. She enjoyed traveling and was proud to say that she had visited more than 50 countries and every continent but Antarctica.
There are no immediate survivors.
Marion Isabelle Kelley
Marion Isabelle Bryan Kelley, 80, a homemaker and mother of 11, died Nov. 4 of chronic pulmonary disease at Maplewood Park Place in Bethesda, where she had lived for the past 10 years.
Mrs. Kelley, who went by her middle name and was often called "Bella," was born in Philadelphia and moved to her mother's hometown of Washington when she was 10. She returned to Philadelphia for high school and later graduated from Trinity University in Washington, where she studied pre-medicine and mathematics. She taught mathematics at a school for Navy officers before she was married in 1950.
Mrs. Kelley devoted her adult life to raising her large family and maintaining the household. She helped design the family home in Garrett Park. She assisted in a police investigation that resulted in the 1974 conviction of a man for defrauding elderly residents in a roof-repair scheme.
She was a charter member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, a member of the sodality and a frequent participant in church activities.
Mrs. Kelley enjoyed reading and solving crossword puzzles and was skilled at ornithology. She also had a large collection of rare stamps.
Her husband of 44 years, Richard Bates Kelley, died in 1994.
Survivors include 11 children, Kathleen Mary O'Brien of Montgomery Village, Mary Lea Gargulinski of Gaithersburg, Richard Bates Kelley Jr. of Corinth, Vt., Augustine Bernard "Mike" Kelley of Olney, Marcella Marie Fedalei of Spartanburg, S.C., William Flood Kelley of Reston, Mary Monica Hufnagel of Vienna, Paul Gerard Kelley of Falls Church, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" MacDougall of Montgomery Village, Joseph Lawrence Kelley of Bethel, Del., and Irene Marie Hill of Herndon; a sister, Mary Leo Bryan, a nun with the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, of Washington; and 35 grandchildren.
Effie Belle Crockett
Home Economics Professor
Effie Belle Crockett, 95, a professor of home economics at Howard University and other colleges, died Oct. 31 at an assisted living facility in Southfield, Mich. She had dementia. She had lived in Washington until earlier this year.
Mrs. Crockett came to Washington in 1967 and was an assistant professor in Howard's School of Human Ecology, as well as director of Community Service Field Experience and Placement there. At the time of her retirement in 1983, she was associate dean of the School of Human Ecology. A scholarship was named in her honor.
Mrs. Crockett was born in Alabama and was a graduate of Alabama A&M University. She received a master's degree in home and family life education from Columbia University in 1956. She did further study at Harvard University and Cornell University.
She was an extension agent for the Department of Agriculture and an assistant field director for the Red Cross in Tuskegee, Ala. In the early 1950s, she was a community worker in Boston and a counselor for young women at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.
From 1953 to 1959, she was an associate professor of home economics at Alabama State University. She held a similar position from 1959 to 1965 at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, where her husband, Dr. Roosevelt David Crockett, was college president. From 1965 to 1967, she was a home economics consultant in El Salvador, where her husband was posted as a member of the State Department's diplomatic corps.
Mrs. Crockett was associated with many professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women, American Home Economics Association, District of Columbia Home Economics Association, Advisory Board of Consumer Affairs, National Education Association and Association of American Foreign Service Women. She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta, Kappa Beta Pi, Alpha Kappa Mu and Kappa Omicron Nu honor societies and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
She received many honors from the colleges she was affiliated with and from the State Department. She traveled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean and South America.
Her husband, whom she married in 1943, died in 1968. A stepson, Wilbur Crockett, died in May.
Survivors include two grandchildren.
Ernest Joy Umberger
Ernest Joy Umberger, 96, a biochemist who worked for the Food and Drug Administration, died of a stroke Nov. 1 at Corsica Hills nursing home in Centreville, Md.
Dr. Umberger worked for the government for 42 years and retired in 1973 as chief of the endocrine division of the FDA. He published numerous papers on hormonal research and helped other countries establish agencies like the FDA.
Born in Burke, S.D., he moved to Washington as a young man and graduated from Georgetown University. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry from George Washington University in 1950. He had been an enthusiastic participant in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging at Johns Hopkins University for the past 30 years.
He was always interested in science and in 1949 bought a summer cabin at Scientist's Cliffs in Calvert County, where many scientists' families recreated by studying fossils and relaxing along the Chesapeake Bay.
After retirement, he volunteered at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, where he was past president of the Friendship Club, served on the altar guild and was its chief photographer. He also transported senior citizens to and from doctor's appointments.
Before his wife of 67 years, Gladys V. Umberger, died in 1999, the couple took two trips around the world, documenting their travels with 5,000 photographic slides. They were 30-year residents of Takoma Park until they moved to Kensington in 1976 and then to the National Lutheran Home in Rockville in the early 1990s.
Survivors include three children, Virginia Joy Grauke of Denver, Judith Lee Tummino of Lowell, Mich., and Gary J. Umberger of Centreville; and eight grandchildren.
Howard C. McGugin
Howard Clifford McGugin, 66, who formerly co-owned and operated MGC Ltd., an interior design business in Washington, died Nov. 1 at his home in Cookeville, Tenn. He had lung cancer.
Mr. McGugin owned the business with his companion of more than 30 years, James H. Clark, who died in 1991.
In 1993, Mr. McGugin moved from the District to his birth town of Cookeville and did part-time work as a security guard.
He attended the New York School of Interior Design and settled in the Washington area in the mid-1960s.
Survivors include a brother, Robert McGugin of Cookeville.