Lavinia Pitzer, 46, a Washington homemaker who formerly taught at area schools, died Nov. 15 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She had dermatomyositis, a rare auto-immune disorder.

The death was confirmed by her stepfather, George R. Packard.

In the 1990s, she taught at the private Potomac School in McLean and Beauvoir School in Washington as well the school at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in the District.

Lavinia Fletcher Lemon was a native Washingtonian and a 1986 graduate of the private Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn. She was a 1990 graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke and received a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University in 1992.

She was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Andrew C. Pitzer of Washington; three children, Elizabeth Pitzer and twins James Pitzer and Claire Pitzer, all of Washington; her father, James H. Lemon of Arlington County; her mother and stepfather, Lavinia F. Packard and George R. Packard of Washington; and a sister, Ashley Shaw of Washington.

— Adam Bernstein