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Elizabeth Ristvedt Albright

July 29, 1951March 29, 2021

Elizabeth “Beth” Ristvedt Albright, of Arlington, VA and originally of Fargo, ND, lost her courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on March 29, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving husband and best friend of over 45 years, George F. Albright, Jr., of Arlington, VA and originally of Richmond, VA, her children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren in her family’s home.

After graduating from Colorado State University, Beth relocated to Washington, DC in 1974 to work on Capitol Hill and moved into Thompson-Markward Hall (“The Young Women’s Christian Home” or “The Home”). She quickly fell in love with and married a law student (George) who was moonlighting as the all-night switchboard operator living in the Carriage House of The Home, and the rest is history. She later served as a board member and President of The Home.

Beth spent her childhood summers with her family in Detroit Lakes, MN on Lake Melissa and was truly a lake girl. She loved sharing her memories, as well as creating new ones with her family.

She dedicated her life to family, friends and her strong Christian faith and was a beloved member of The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA) for over 35 years. Her beautiful smile, warmth, genuine kindness and sense of style lit up every room she entered. She cherished the relationships with her children, their friends and teammates, and was the consummate team mom.

She was honored to serve the Falls Church and Arlington communities through her numerous leadership positions, including as President of both The Dominion Guild and The Northern Virginia Alliance League (NVAL). Beth loved connecting old friends, new friends, and strangers alike, and valued her friendships with neighbors and fellow members of Washington Golf and Country Club.

When faced with the devastating diagnosis of ALS, Beth attacked the battle head on with her usual grace. Her determination, the unwavering support of family and friends, and the tireless care provided by the most loving and patient doctors, nurses and caregivers, allowed Beth to live life to the fullest and get to meet and hold her 8th grandbaby, Maggie. The Albright family will be forever grateful to Dr. Merit Cudkowicz and team at The Sean M. Healey Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA; Dr. Fernando Vieira of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) in Boston, MA; as well as her local team of doctors, Dr. Jim Williams and Dr. Bob Kurtzke, and her amazing in-home nurses, Parish and Georgette, for the personalized, loving care they provided to Beth. We are in awe of the compassion shown to all of us by Beth’s medical team.

Above all, she loved being a wife, mom, grandmother and sister of Christ, and she was so proud of her children.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband George; 4 children and 8 grandchildren: George “Toby” III, his wife Stephanie and their children George IV and Ginny, of Arlington, VA; John, his wife Sheri and their children Jack, Stuart and Annie Elizabeth, of Charlotte, NC; Will, his wife Julie and their children Connor, Caroline Beth and Maggie, of Larchmont, NY; and Abby of Arlington, VA; her brother Bill and his wife Patty, of Sarasota, FL, and their children Michael and Will, of Minneapolis, MN; her sister-in-law Dottie Albright and her husband James Millikan, of Sarasota, FL; sister-in-law Claudia Wyatt and her children Whitlow and Sloane, of Atlanta, GA; and her beloved Airedale dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents Gordon and Genevieve Ristvedt, of Fargo, ND; and her in-laws George Sr. and Dorothy Albright, of Richmond, VA.

The family has had a private Christian service and we look forward to a Celebration of Beth’s Life that will be scheduled at a later date when COVID restrictions have been lifted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Beth’s honor are encouraged to be made to The Sean M. Healey Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital or the ALS TDI both in Boston, MA so that Dr. Cudkowicz, Dr. Vieira and their teams can continue to fight for a cure for ALS. Donations can be made directly to The Sean M. Healey Center at Mass General (www.giving.massgeneral.org/donate/healey-center) or to ALS TDI (www.als.net/donate).

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Sandy White

April 9, 2021

My whole family is deeply saddened. We will always cherish our memories of this beautiful, spirited lady. She had such a big heart to always be there for others in need. She was a trusted , supportive and loyal friend when our children were small, and she will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to call her their friend. Love to George and all the family.

Pam Broka

April 8, 2021

Whenever Bill and I think of Beth, we always want to smile!
We smile.....because Beth always greeted us with open arms and her beautiful smile.
We smile.....remembering the fun times we had with Beth and George as young married couples.
We smile.....knowing how excited Beth was to be a Mom for the first time and every time thereafter.
We smile.....seeing Beth's face "light up" when talking about her family.
We smile.....knowing once you are a friend you will always be Beth's friend.
We smile.....because Beth always made you feel special.
We smile.....knowing all of our wonderful memories of Beth will be with us forever.
Love to George and all of the family--
Pam and Bill

Kristine Lund-Briski

April 4, 2021

Your wife, mother and grandmother, Beth, was all about how can I make you and your life better? I am a Theta sister who has never had the gift of meeting you! I think you might have heard of me because Beth was thrilled when I had my first child at 50! Beth was thrilled I had someone to love and bring up and to make a family. What a wonderful reflection on what you all did and gave to her. I loved Beth! How can you not? It is devastating to lose someone who was all LOVE!

My deepest sympathy,

Kris

Elizabeth Law

April 4, 2021

Our prayers and thoughts are so with the whole Albright family. We admired Beth and her generous, bright life.
What I especially found endearing is we picked up where we left off — months or years could pass since we saw one another. However, Beth made you feel like it was just yesterday. And she filled the conversation with questions about you, your loved ones, life, faith.
She cared about what mattered in my life and in hers through those questions — the most important things we need to be about.
Her example for how to live life continues and it is special to me.
Blessings to the Albrights.
Elizabeth Law

Ken Gillis

April 2, 2021

Beth will always own a special place in my heart. When we were both in college, she set me up on a blind date with her sorority sister, Ann, who has been my wife for the past 46 years. Beth, Ann and I shared so many wonderful experiences in college - parties, football games, concerts, dances... She had a beautiful smile that could light up a room. I will always cherish the memories and our friendship.

Ken Gillis

Laurie Szujewska

April 2, 2021


Bethie, I always called her Bethie, was my dear cousin. She was vivacious, laughing, and always enjoying friends. She was a few years older than me and treated me with sisterly regard. I shall always cherished the shared summers at Detroit Lakes where she taught me to water ski and kept a watchful eye over me. In later years, I admired her love of motherhood and family. Her bright light of love will beam on in all those she touched. My heartfelt sympathies to George and her family.

Emily McHugh Hennessey

April 2, 2021

Dear Abby and the Albright family,

I am so sorry to hear the news of Beth Albright's passing. She was such a kind, bright, and wonderful woman and I always have remembered her with such fondness even though my family and I were only occasionally lucky enough to run into the family at dinner now and then. Sending so much love and condolences to you Abby, and to your whole family. We are thinking of you all.

-Emily (McHugh) Hennessey & the McHugh family

Dixie Rapuano

April 1, 2021

Beth was the friend who made you feel so important. You could tell how much she loved her family and friends by how she spoke about them. She made me feel like I was so special and that is not a quality that comes by often in a person. I loved her so much and will miss her so much. I love you Albright family! Dixie R.

Kathy Ireland

April 1, 2021

Beth and I were in two different sororities at CSU, but we ended up rooming together in Fort Morgan, Colorado due to our shared major in social work. I have loved receiving Christmas cards over the years from Beth showing me her beautiful family. Then, ironically, she was working out at Stephanie’s and she saw a picture of my sister who lives in DC and me up on her bulletin board. So Beth connected with Tracey my sister. I will always remember Beth as being a most beautiful, kind, fun and energetic person. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family.

Sarah McLaren

March 31, 2021

George, Toby, Stephanie, and family: Our thoughts of love and peace are with you. Beth was truly a beautiful light that we were all blessed to be in while in her presence. We will miss her dearly. Our love to you all.

FROM THE FAMILY