often to her native
Sunday, November 27, 2005 Amelita Alfaro Weller, 87, a volunteer
and hostess, died of cancer Nov. 24 at the home of her daughter
in Boyds. She lived in Chevy Chase.
A native of Panama City, Mrs. Weller was the daughter of Ricardo
J. Alfaro, a diplomat, lawyer and judge who served for many years
as ambassador to the United States and later became president of
She came to Washington as a child and studied at the Washington
School of Ballet. She returned to Panama in the 1930s, when her
father became president. She returned to Washington and
graduated from Western High School (1935) and Knox Junior
College in New York. She made her debut at the Pan American
Union, now the Organization of American States, in Washington and volunteered for the
Red Cross before World War II.
In 1936, she married fourth-generation Washingtonian Frank Harlow Weller. A member
of Columbia Country Club, Mrs. Weller was an avid golfer, winning the Henshaw Trophy
in the 1960s. She was also a member of the Cosmos Club, the Woodrow Wilson
House, Hillwood Museum and Gardens, the Washington chapter of the Christ Child
Society, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Catholic
Ladies Bridge Club.
She was the founder of the Opening Night Ladies Ballet Group.
An accomplished cook, Mrs. Weller entertained frequently at her farm in Potomac and
later when she moved to Chevy Chase.
Mrs. Weller traveled often to Panama to visit family and friends and to support the RJA
Foundation, a museum and library honoring her father. Proud of her heritage, she
frequently participated in Panamanian events in Washington.
For more than 30 years, Mrs. Weller was the treasurer for the Katherine Pollard Maddux
Memorial Mental Health Foundation, which was established to help children in the
Washington area and was created by her late sister, Yolanda Alfaro Maddux.
Her husband died in 1972. A son, Frank Harlow Weller Jr., died in 1995.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Richard Ardle Weller of Darnestown; a daughter, Victoria
Weller Crawford of Boyds; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.