Obituaries of residents of the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Mabel W. Clark, 92, who worked for 25 years as a program officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a predecessor agency before retiring in 1975, died March 25 at her home in Alexandria, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a stepson-in-law, John Cordyack.
Mrs. Clark, an Alexandria resident, was born Mabel Wernicke in Centralia, Ill. She served in the Navy Waves during World War II and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1981 with the rank of lieutenant commander. During her USAID career, she worked in Washington, Southeast Asia and East Africa. She sat on the Central Union Mission’s board of directors and was a trustee and deacon at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington.
Gerald “Jake” Parsons, 77, an auto mechanic who worked at Chevy Chase Chevrolet in Bethesda, Md., for 35 years and retired from Ourisman Chevrolet of Marlow Heights, Md., in 2004, died March 15 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was complications from a heart attack, said a daughter, Nancy Turner.
Mr. Parsons, a Rockville resident, was born in Kent, Conn. He left Chevy Chase Chevrolet in 1986 and worked for the old Congressional Oldsmobile in Rockville before joining Ourisman Chevrolet in 1999.
Paul K. Bailey, 69, who retired as head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s publishing operations in 1998, died April 7 at a hospital in Baltimore. The cause was complications from a fall, said a sister-in-law, Patricia Wyatt.
Mr. Bailey, a Vienna, Va., resident, was born in Great Barrington, Mass. He joined what was then the U.S. Civil Service Commission in 1971 and managed its Combined Federal Campaign, the charitable-giving program for federal employees, from 1981 to 1986. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, where he volunteered as an English language tutor for a decade.
Sara “Sally” Murphy, 58, who spent a decade as federal relations director of the Wine Institute, a San Francisco-based trade group that represents the California wine industry, died April 4 at a hospice center in Rockville, Md. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, said her husband, William Murphy.
Mrs. Murphy, a Chevy Chase resident, was born Sara Smith in Reading, Pa., and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Early in her career, she was a member of the staffs of then-Rep. Louis Frey Jr. (R-Fla.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). She later worked in telecommunications as a director of government affairs for the old Pacific Telesis Group and Sprint, both in Washington, before joining the Wine Institute in 2003. She took medical leave last year.
Walter A. “Jim” Simmons III, 75, a computer analyst who worked for the Department of the Navy for more than three decades until retiring in 1995, died April 10 at a son’s home in Laurel, Md. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Christine Wain.
Mr. Simmons, a Potomac, Md., resident, was born in Sioux Falls, N.D., and spent part of his childhood in Tokyo. He moved to College Park, Md., in the early 1960s and worked at the Washington Navy Yard. He was a member of the Japanese Art Society of America and Friends of the Smithsonian.
— From staff reports