Frances MacMaugh Smelser,
secretary and homemaker
Published: May 15 The Washington Post
Frances MacMaugh Smelser, 99, a secretary, homemaker and volunteer,
died May 7 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney.
She had cardiogenic shock, said her daughter Mary K. O’Melveny.
Emily Frances MacMaugh was born in Washington. She graduated from
Central High School and studied psychology at George Washington
In the 1950s, Mrs. Smelser was a secretary for the Navy Department. She
later was an administrative assistant at Motorola and American University.
From the mid-1970s until 1994, she lived in Florida and New York. Since
returning to the Washington area, she had lived at the Friendship Terrace
retirement community in Washington.
She was a past Girl Scout leader and did volunteer work with AIDS support
groups, the Washington Humane Society and the Southern Poverty Law
Center. She was a member of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in
Her first husband, retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles W. O’Melveny Sr., died
in 1959 after 23 years of marriage. Her second marriage, to Emmett
Smelser, ended in divorce. Her companion of five years, Alfred Bryant,
died in 1988.
Survivors include three children from her first marriage, Mary K. O’
Melveny of Washington, Elizabeth A. O’Melveny of Watertown, Mass.,
and Charles W. O’Melveny of Littleton, Colo.; four grandchildren; and 11
-— Bart Barnes