Mildred L. Sullivan, 87, who did clerical work for the federal government for 23 years before embarking on a second career as a real estate agent, died April 29 at an assisted living facility in Chesapeake, Va.

She had dementia, said her son, David Sullivan.

Mrs. Sullivan began her federal career as a typist with the War Department in 1942. She did secretarial work for a number of federal agencies, including the State Department, the old U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the now-defunct Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, before joining the CIA’s Directorate of Support in 1968.

After retiring from the CIA in 1980, she became a real estate agent with Long & Foster in McLean. She retired in 1994.

Mildred Lucille Carter was an Alexandria native and a 1942 graduate of George Washington High School.

She was recognized as one of the government’s fastest typists while at the State Department and was a member of Long & Foster’s million-dollar sales club, said her son. She was a charter member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Falls Church.

In 1994, she moved from Falls Church to Chesapeake.

Her husband of 65 years, David Sullivan, died in 2012. Survivors include three children, Susan Haymaker of Salt Lake City, Sherry Ayres of Chesapeake and David C. Sullivan of Sterling; and seven grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough