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A resident of Maplewood Park Place, passed away on November 22, 2013. She was born at Columbia Hospital for Women on March 31, 1930. She lived with her parents Hulbert T. and Alice Ashford Bisselle in Foxhall Village, Washington, DC until college. After graduating from Smith College, she worked in New York City as a production assistant for the TV Shows "What's My Line," "To Tell The Truth" and other Goodson-Todman Productions. In 1957 she married David R. Toll in Washington, D.C. He was a lawyer and Naval Officer specializing in nuclear energy, which led to assignments on Capitol Hill and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria (with their two young sons). They later lived three years in La Jolla, California before returning to Chevy Chase in 1966. Her outside interests were theater, play productions, travel, piano, tennis and singing. She was a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, the Acorn Garden Club, and the Chevy Chase Club. Relatives include son Christopher H. Toll (Julia); four Toll grandchildren-Erik Wolcott, Alexander Hansen, Kara Marie Bisselle, and Brenna Grace; younger son David Wolcott Toll, who preceded her in death; brother, Robert A. Bisselle, who preceded her in death, and sister-in-law Frances; brother, Charles A. Bisselle (Shirl); and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle on December 5 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Shirley B. Toll to the Smith Fund, P.O. Box 340029, Boston, MA 02241-0429 or

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 1, 2013