Margie F. Fry, a Montgomery County health department employee who was assigned to the public school system for nearly two decades, died Jan. 31 at Potomac Valley Nursing & Wellness Center in Rockville, Md. She was 81.

The cause was pneumonia, said her daughter Bonnie Sparks.

From 1975 until her retirement in 1994, Mrs. Fry worked as a health room aide at Glenallan and Weller Road elementary schools in Silver Spring.

Margie Marie Freeman was born in Madison Heights, Va., and settled in the Washington area in the early 1950s.

She lived in Rockville for many years and was a longtime member of Viers Mill Baptist Church in Silver Spring, where she taught Sunday school and worked in the church nursery.

Her husband of 49 years, Charles Fry, died in 2002. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Witt of Richmond and Bonnie Sparks of Damascus, Md.; a brother; a sister; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

— Megan McDonough