Alberta A. Carten, 97, a homemaker who wrote for the Alexandria Gazette in the 1960s and 1970s, died April 18 at the Goodwin House senior living community in Alexandria.
She had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said her son, John Carten.
Mrs. Carten wrote under the pen name of Ann Robinson and covered social activities in Alexandria’s Belle Haven neighborhood.
Alberta Robinson Annon was born in Clarksburg, W.Va. She received an associate’s degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1935 and graduated the next year from the Washington School for Secretaries.
She was a secretary for the Internal Revenue Service and worked at Yellowstone National Park before receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana in 1939. She settled in the Washington area in 1940.
She was a longtime resident of Alexandria, where she belonged to Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, an Episcopal congregation. She volunteered in the church nursery and sang in the choir.
Her memberships included Belle Haven Country Club, the Candlelight Waltz Club, the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority alumnae group and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her husband of 59 years, Leo A. Carten, died in 1999.
Survivors include three children, Annon Adams of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Elizabeth Sulak of Brookline, Mass., and John Carten of Arlington County; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
— Emily Langer