Jack Thompson Farrar Jr.
Jack Thompson Farrar Jr., 66, a retired Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, died Nov. 26 of pancreatic cancer at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He resided in Alexandria.
Mr. Farrar was born in Tullahoma, Tenn. He enlisted in the Navy in 1958 and was based in Japan. After his discharge in 1962, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky, receiving his undergraduate degree in Russian in 1965.
He moved to the Washington area in 1966 and began a 30-year career as an intelligence analyst. He retired in 1996.
In retirement, Mr. Farrar enjoyed painting miniature military soldiers, particularly Civil War figures. He enjoyed collecting first edition books, mostly about the Civil War, and visiting Civil War battlefields. He also enjoyed cactus plants and at the time of his death had 39 cacti in his collection at home.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Shirley Farrar of Alexandria; two children, Amanda Farrar of Alexandria and Lance Carter of Arlington; and a sister.
Meta Madeline Donald
Meta Madeline Donald, 84, a former secretary with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Postal Transportation Service, died Nov. 18 of Alzheimer's disease at her home in Annandale.
Mrs. Donald was born in the District and graduated from Eastern High School in 1940. She received an associate's degree from Strayer College in 1942.
She was a secretary for the Interior Department from 1943 to 1945 and the Postal Transportation Service from 1945 to 1956.
After leaving the workforce, she did extensive volunteer work. She was secretary and president of the women's auxiliary of the Railway Mail Association, chairwoman of a scholarship committee of the Fairfax Home Extension Service, chairwoman of the hospitality committee of the spring festival sponsored by the Washington Area Square and Round Dance Association and a volunteer at the Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center. For many years, she was in charge of the Southern Railroad retired postal clerks' reunion at Graves Mountain Lodge.
Mrs. Donald also sang with the Springtonics chapter of Sweet Adelines in Springfield and danced for 25 years with three square-dance and round-dance clubs. She was a longtime member of the Shannondale Club, a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield and a charter member of Faith Chapter 177, Order of the Eastern Star, in Annandale.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Eugene Moffett Donald of Annandale.
Frances Dame Gustafson
Prayer Ministry Organizer
Frances Dame Gustafson, 77, a member and former prayer ministry organizer of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, died Nov. 21 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of a head injury sustained in a fall.
Mrs. Gustafson lived in Springfield since 2002 and before that in Bethesda.
Born in Concord, N.H., she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English and sociology.
She worked as a librarian at Columbia University Teachers College before moving to Temple, Tex., where her husband, Dr. John F. Gustafson, was a military doctor and later a resident physician at a hospital near Fort Hood.
They moved to the Washington area in 1959.
In addition to her husband, of Springfield, survivors include a son, John F. Gustafson Jr. of Fredericksburg; a daughter, Jane VanSickle of Herndon; and four grandchildren.
Mary Alice Jensen Agnew
Homemaker, Church Member
Mary Alice Jensen Agnew, 78, a homemaker and church member, died of lung cancer Nov. 23 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Kensington.
Mrs. Agnew was born in Princeton, Ill., and came to Washington in the 1940s. She married in 1951. She was a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kensington and often served on the church council. She was also a member of Lutheran Social Services, the Lutheran Lay Fellowship and the Fellowship Square Foundation. She was active in the RespecTeen program, which brings teenagers to Washington to meet members of Congress.
Her husband, Troy Joseph Agnew, died in 1982. A son, Michael Clyde Agnew, died in 1959, and a stepdaughter, Claudine Cooper, died in 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Troy Agnew of Silver Spring and Patrick Agnew of Virginia Beach; a stepdaughter, Heather Lipschultz of Winter Park, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Zeb Carlyle Martin
Zeb Carlyle Martin, 86, a general contractor based in Alexandria from the 1940s to about 1980, died Nov. 26 at Chesapeake Healthcare Center in Chesapeake, Va. He had cancer.
Mr. Martin was born in Mount Airy, N.C., and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
About 1980, he moved from Alexandria to his current home in Mount Jackson, Va., in Shenandoah County.
He was a Mason.
His marriage to Myrtle Adams Martin ended in divorce. His second wife, Marguerite Dietrich Adams, died in June.
Survivors include four children from his first marriage, Anthony Martin of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Richard Martin of Fairfax County, Brian Martin of Colonial Beach, Va., and Martha Henaire of Norfolk; a brother; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.