Delores “Dee” Carroll, 79, who retired in 2003 as a guidance counselor at the old Hine Middle School in Washington, died Dec. 7 at her home in Laurel. She had atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

A friend, Virginia “Ginny” Novak, confirmed the death.

Ms. Carroll spent more than 10 years as a guidance counselor at Hine. She joined the District public school system in the late 1960s and was a physical education teacher at high schools, including Ballou and Spingarn.

Delores Marie Carroll was a native of Arcola, Ill., and a 1955 graduate of Eastern Illinois University. She received a master’s degree in guidance from George Washington University in 1976. She also received a certificate in gerontology from the University of Maryland.

She was a member of St. Nicho­las Catholic Church in Laurel and a past director of its religious education program. She spent a period of the 1960s as a Catholic missionary in Africa. She was a past board member of the Pheasant Run community in Laurel.

Ms. Carroll never married. Survivors include a brother, a twin sister and two other sisters.

— Adam Bernstein