Helen Boyd, 84, who did housekeeping work from 1967 to 1994 at National Institutes of Health and what is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, died Nov. 21 at the Washington Home hospice. She had congestive heart failure.

The death was confirmed by a niece, Claudia Barber.

Helen Lena Boyd was born in Vienna and attended Manassas High School. She was a District resident and a member of Washington’s Pilgrim Baptist Church and its flower ministry.

A daughter from a relationship, Beverly Plair, died in the 1960s. She had no immediate survivors.

— Adam Bernstein