Monday, June 5, 2006
Mary Gardner Toner, 84, an Arlington homemaker and former office manager for a certified public accountant, died at Virginia
Hospital Center in Arlington after a fall.
Mrs. Toner was born in the District, and as a child she was an athlete and acrobatic dancer. She graduated from Roosevelt
High School in 1939 and attended the University of Iowa before receiving an associate of arts degree from George Washington
University in the late 1940s.
During World War II, she worked as a recruitment interviewer in the old Civil Service Commission, and in later years she worked
as a CPA's office manager during tax season.
As a homemaker in the years after the war, she volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader, Cub Scout den mother and college
admissions counselor. She was a charter member of Arlington's Powhatan Springs Woman's Club and an active participant in
the club's community service activities, book club and antiques group. As a longtime member of Walker Chapel United
Methodist Church in Arlington, she was active in programs of the United Methodist Women and in raising funds for local
She loved Washington's theater, ballet, museums and the poetry office program of the Library of Congress. She also loved
European travel. Among her special memories were being presented to Queen Elizabeth by President Dwight D. Eisenhower
and making a hole-in-one as a beginning golfer.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Albert Toner of Arlington; two children, Ann Frey of Brunswick, Maine, and Karl Toner
of Southern Pines, N.C.; and two granddaughters.