Shirley Bederman, 89, who retired from the Montgomery County health department in 1987 as director of the nursing division, died March 30 at the dementia care unit of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. She was a former Potomac resident.

Her son, Andrew Bederman, confirmed the death.

Mrs. Bederman spent 31 years as a public health nurse with the Montgomery County health department. She was an officer of the Maryland Nurses Association, served on the board of visitors of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and was a governor of the American Public Health Association.

Shirley Ann Simon was born in Philadelphia, where she received a nursing diploma from Temple University in 1943. She settled in the Washington area about four years later. At the University of Maryland, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1962 and a master’s degree in nursing in 1964.

Her husband, William Bederman, whom she married in 1947, died in 1989. Survivors include three children, Rosie Smith of Falls Church, Claire Livingston of Chevy Chase and Andrew Bederman of Potomac; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Adam Bernstein