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Edith L. Gamble, secretary

Edith L. Gamble, who did secretarial work in the Washington area for about 30 years, died Feb. 20 at the Maplewood Park Place senior living community in Bethesda. She was 98.

The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said her niece Mary Jane Euler.

Mrs. Gamble began her career in 1935 as a supervisor in the billing and adjustments department of Hecht’s department store. From 1949 to 1964, she was a secretary in the General Services Administration, where she assisted the supervising architect throughout the renovation of the White House in the Truman administration. She was the recipient of several government honors.

She retired in 1979 from the Miller & Long construction company, which was co-founded by her brother.

Edith Frances Long was born in Wilson, N.C., and settled in the Washington area in 1935. She belonged to Bethesda United Methodist Church and held leadership positions with United Methodist Women and the Bradley Boulevard Citizens Association in Bethesda. Mrs. Gamble also served on the landscape committee at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring, where she lived for 22 years.

Her husband of 57 years, Allen O. Gamble, died in 2001. She had no immediate survivors.

— Emily Langer

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