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Arlene E. Richey, computer programmer

Arlene E. Richey, 86, a retired computer programmer and analyst with the Treasury Department, died March 10 at the Village at Harbor Pointe, an assisted-living facility in Salisbury, Md.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Dawn Moyer.

Mrs. Richey worked in the office of the secretary of the treasury for two years before retiring in 1986. Before that, she was a programmer for seven years at the U.S. Government Printing Office, her daughter said.

Arlene Elsie Cooper was born in Tacoma, Wash., where she was valedictorian of her high school class. She moved to the Washington area in 1954 when her husband joined the United States Navy Band, in which he played French horn.

She was a past member of the Landover Christian Church, where she volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and served as a deaconess.

Mrs. Richey was a longtime Rockville resident and moved to Salisbury last year.

Her husband of 13 years, Earl Richey, died in 1960 on a Navy transport plane near Rio de Janeiro. He was among the 19 members of the Navy Band who died in the midair collision with a Brazilian airliner.

Survivors include three children, Dawn Moyer of Salisbury, Alan Richey of Waldorf and Loretta Friend of Ann Arbor, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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