Joan Applebaum Ahrens


Joan Applebaum Ahrens, 76, a homemaker who briefly worked in accounting and payroll after her children were grown, died Nov. 6 of congestive heart failure at her home in Potomac.

Mrs. Ahrens was born in New York City, where she graduated from high school. She moved to the Washington area shortly after her marriage in the late 1940s, living in Langley Park before moving to Potomac in the early 1960s.

She worked outside the home in the late 1970s and early 1980s for a restaurant and for a waste-management business.

Mrs. Ahrens's interests included astrology, reading and knitting. Housebound for many years, she was always open to her children's friends and willing to listen to their concerns. She occasionally took people in and gave them a place to stay.

Her marriage to Myron Ahrens ended in divorce.

A daughter, Stacy de Francesco, died in 1998.

Survivors include six children, Robert Ahrens of Bethesda, Candace Roposo of South Boston, Va., Bruce Ahrens of Frederick, Keith Ahrens of Las Vegas, Amy Gureckis of Miami and Beth Ahrens of Potomac; a sister; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Calista Walker Jayne Hillman

Red Cross Volunteer, Army Wife

Calista Walker Jayne Hillman, 86, a former Red Cross volunteer and an Army wife, died Nov. 8 of congestive heart failure at her home in Arlington.

Mrs. Hillman was born in Detroit and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1940.

During World War II, she served as a paid volunteer with the American Red Cross in the Southwest Pacific theater.

After the war, she returned to the United States briefly. Because she had enjoyed her work with the Red Cross, she soon returned overseas. She worked with the Red Cross in Tokyo until her marriage in 1949.

For the next 28 years, Mrs. Hillman was an Army wife, accompanying her husband on tours of duty throughout the United States and in Salzburg, Austria. She continued to work as a Red Cross volunteer and at Fort Hood, Tex., was chairman of volunteers. After her husband's retirement in 1977, the family lived in Northern Virginia.

Mrs. Hillman was active in the Class of 1945 Wives Club, the Jane Austen Society and the Mayflower Society. (An ancestor came to America shortly after the Mayflower's arrival; another, Rebecca Nurse, was hanged as a witch in Salem, Mass.)

In retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively.

Her husband, Col. Rolfe L. Hillman Jr., died in 1995.

Survivors include two children, Rolfe L. Hillman III and Calista L. Hillman, both of Arlington, and a stepdaughter, Katherine Miller of Hinsdale, Ill.

Maurice C. Higgins

Retired Army Colonel

Maurice C. Higgins, 101, a retired Army Reserve colonel who served during two wars, died of pneumonia Nov. 6 at Bedford Court, an assisted living center in Silver Spring.

He was born in Detroit and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington. He received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1927 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

His service included tours as a company commander of several Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the 1930s; as battalion commander in the Philippines in 1945; and as a participant in the occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1948.

In the early to mid-1950s, he commanded an intelligence unit in Korea and was commander of Fort Ritchie, Md. From 1956 to 1958, he was headquarters commandant at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Paris.

Col. Higgins retired in 1959. He then worked for Martin Marietta in Denver and later for the state of Michigan before returning to the Washington area in 1998.He enjoyed playing pool and bridge with friends at Bedford Court.

His wife, Olive McCoy Higgins, whom he married in 1930, died in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Higgins of Silver Spring and James Higgins of Columbia, S.C.; a brother; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.