Constance R. McCaffrey, 81, a real estate agent in the central Maryland region for 23 years, died May 10 at the Rockville Nursing Home.

She had complications from cancer, said her son Robert McCaffrey.

Mrs. McCaffrey, a Wheaton resident, began her real estate career at the former Rockville firm of Colquitt-Carruthers in 1973. In the mid-1970s, she moved to the company’s Wheaton office, where she continued to work until the business was acquired by Merrill Lynch in the early 1980s. She then worked for Long and Foster in Rockville until her retirement in 1996.

Constance Rose Fischer was born in Worcester, Mass., and was a 1953 psychology graduate of that city’s Clark University. She moved to the Washington area in 1967.

Mrs. McCaffrey was a past member of the Washington chapter of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy parents’ association and officiated at her children’s high school swim meets.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Edwin McCaffrey of Wheaton; four children, Joanne Albero of Virginia Beach, Mary Ellen Colella of Gales Ferry, Conn., James McCaffrey of Navarre, Fla., and Robert McCaffrey of Rockville; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Megan McDonough