Flora Elizabeth "Betty" Magnusson, 83, a longtime analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, died Nov. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Mrs. Magnusson first came to the Washington area in 1947 and lived in McLean from 1956 to 2002. She lived most recently at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield.
She was born in St. Fabien, New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Massachusetts. She became an American citizen when she was 21.
She began working with the CIA in Japan in 1953 and transferred to its Langley headquarters in 1956. After living in Germany for four years, she returned to Langley in 1961 and worked as an analyst in the office of the directorate of operations until her retirement in 1984.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, as well as River Bend Golf & Country Club in Great Falls and the Highland Swim and Tennis Club in McLean. She volunteered in the administrative offices of McLean High School and Longfellow Junior High School.
Mrs. Magnusson enjoyed duplicate bridge, bowling and golf. Although she had not formally studied music, she played the piano, organ, harmonica, accordion and zither by ear.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Warren Magnusson of Springfield; two children, Paul Magnusson of Chevy Chase and Lori Magnusson of McLean; one sister; three brothers; and two grandchildren.