Elizabeth “Babe” Kihn, 87, who worked at the Interior Department from the early 1940s until retiring from an administrative job in the late 1970s, died April 6 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax County. She had a perforated bowel.

Mrs. Kihn, an Alexandria resident, spent a few years doing secretarial work for the National Rifle Association after leaving federal service. She also competed in NRA-sponsored shooting contests.

Elizabeth Alley grew up in Washington and was a 1939 graduate of Eastern High School.

Her memberships included the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband, Clarence “Clay” Kihn, died in 1999. She had no immediate survivors.

— Adam Bernstein