Major, United States Army
a press report: January 2002:
The Civic Federation lost a most remarkable member this past month when Evelyn Staples died in her sleep on December 18th. Evelyn was 88 years young and had served as a Civic Federation Delegate for well over 20 years. Although ill health finally sidelined Evelyn in recent years, she managed to participate actively for years in a wheelchair, hosting the Revenues and Expenditure Committee meetings in her home as late as 3 years ago.
For many of us who didnít know Evelyn as well
as we would have liked, a short history of her life is a remarkable one.
Born in Baltimore in 1913, Evelyn was a pioneer from the start. She earned
her law degree in 1941, but with the clouds of war approaching, Evelyn
elected to join the Army Air Force that year and received flight training.
After successfully soloing, she elected to leave the flight training and
join the Womenís Army Corps in the service of the Judge Advocateís Office.
Later during World War II Evelyn was recruited by the Office of Special
Services (forerunner of the CIA) and parachuted into occupied France, operating
Having settled in Arlington, Evelyn served as a Federation delegate from the Parkway and later Maywood civic associations. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women and founded Virginia for Animals, an animal advocacy group. In 1991, she ran for County Board and later served as the Chairman of the Federationís Executive Committee, subsequently winning the Journal Cup Award in 1995.
All in all we have lost a most remarkable
woman and Federation stalwart. Evelyn will be buried in Arlington Cemetery
with full military honors on January 3rd. If youíd like to attend, funeral
guests should meet at the Cemetery's Administration Building at 8:30 AM.