Mildred S. Thompson, 88, a member of Fairfax United Methodist Church, where she did volunteer work and was active in United Methodist Women and the altar guild, died Jan. 4 at a nursing facility in Blacksburg, Va. She had Alzheimer’s disease.

Mrs. Thompson spent her early career doing secretarial work for the FBI, where her husband also worked. She and her husband, who remained with the agency after she left, owned and operated the Chantilly Motel from 1953 to 1961.

In the late 1970s, Mrs. Thompson was an administrative assistant in George Mason University’s human resources department.

A longtime Fairfax County resident, she moved in 1998 to a series of retirement and assisted living facilities and settled in Blacksburg in 2006.

Mildred Schlarman was born in Pittsburgh and grew up mostly in Washington, where she was salutatorian of her Anacostia High School graduating class of 1940. She attended Strayer Business College.

Her husband of 54 years, Carlyle E. Thompson, died in 1998.

Survivors include three children, Carlyle R. Thompson of Winfield, Pa., Robert C. Thompson of Waterford, Va., and Carlene T. Arthur of Christiansburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein