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Joan H. O’Shields, 78, who delivered The Washington Post for nearly 25 years until the early 2000s, died July 25 at Iliff nursing home in Dunn Loring. She had a lung ailment.

From 1954 to 1961, Mrs. O’Shields was a music teacher in Alexandria elementary schools, including Cora Kelly Elementary School. She then became a homemaker, directed several Northern Virginia church choirs and served as a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother.

Joan Houston was a native of Fairmont, W.Va., and a 1954 honors graduate of what is now Fairmont State University.

She collected stuffed monkeys at thrift shops, amassing 2,501 that her husband plans to donate to children’s centers.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Marshel O’Shields Jr. of Falls Church; two children, Marshel O’Shields III of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Nancy O’Shields of Montgomery, Ala.; a brother; and two grandsons.

Adam Bernstein has spent his career putting the "post" in Washington Post, first as an obituary writer and then as editor. The American Society of Newspaper Editors recognized Bernstein’s ability to exhume “the small details and anecdotes that get at the essence of the person” and to write stories that are “complex yet stylish.”
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