Dorothy Eng, 71, a volunteer with Gold Star Wives of America, an advocacy organization for military widows and widowers, died of pneumonia and infection Feb. 19 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mrs. Eng worked as a bookkeeper for an architectural firm in Alexandria for 20 years after her husband, Charles Eng, an Army officer, died in 1970.

She then joined the Potomac chapter of the Gold Star Wives and served on the organization's national board.

Among other work, she assembled care packages for troops overseas, volunteered at the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, attended military ceremonies and visited with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of spouses of service members who died on active duty or who suffered a service-related disability.

In May, Mrs. Eng attended a ceremony at the White House to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Mrs. Eng, who lived in Alexandria for 41 years, was born in New York. She accompanied her husband on his military assignments, including a stint in Germany.

Survivors include three children, Dixie Eng of Springfield, Jersey Frederick of Baltimore and Alexander Eng of Woodbridge; four brothers; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.