Billie L. Stanton, a Defense Department program manager who retired in 1981 as a senior finance program manager for the Navy, died Dec. 20 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was 92.

The cause was pneumonia, said her son Robert L. Stanton.

Mrs. Stanton began her civilian career at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio in 1958. She came to the Washington area in 1969 as a management and inventory analyst with the Naval Air Systems Command. Later specialties included inventory and fiscal matters.

For four years after her federal retirement, she was a budget analyst with Advanced Technologies, working on a Navy program to restore retired battleships to seaworthy conditions.

Billie Loree Baker was born in Fort Worth. In 1939, she graduated from what is now Texas State University in San Marcos. During and after World War II, she served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and the Women’s Army Corps. She was a captain in the Air Force Reserve until 1956.

She was an Annandale resident.

Her marriage to John R. Ward ended in divorce. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Lloyd W. Stanton Jr. of Annandale; two children from her first marriage, Linda Hammon of New Braunfels, Tex., and Brian M. Ward of Vienna, Va.; a son from her second marriage, Robert L. Stanton of Brooklyn; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes