Joanne Harris, 79, died at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington on July 29 after suffering an embolism. Ms. Harris was one of the original owners of a condominium unit in the Winter Hill subdivision, and was on the condo association’s Building and Grounds Committee for many years.
During her government service, she served in Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico City, as well as many forays into Central American countries.
Ms. Harris was born in Arlington, Va., and was a graduate of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
She volunteered weekly at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library for 25 years. She was a member of the PEO Sorority, the local garden club, the Republican Committee, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society, the Falls Church Recycling Committee and a volunteer at the Cherry Hill Farmhouse.
She helped with the VPIS annual Attic Treasures Sale, working in the book section and in the twice-annual City Cleanups. She was a member of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church where she was on the flower committee.
She is survived by six nieces and nephews, 18 great nieces and nephews and four great-great nieces and nephews, as well as by her sister-in-law and many friends.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church on E. Broad St.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library, 120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046.