Emily Ruth Zegeer

August 16, 1924October 17, 2018

Emily Ruth Zegeer, 94, of Alexandria, Virginia died at home on October 17, 2018. Daughter of Walter and Florence Brittain, she grew up in Whitman, Massachusetts with her sisters, Dorothy and Barbara, and her brother Robin.

She joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corp in 1943, nursing wounded soldiers from the “Battle of the Bulge.” She then moved to the Washington D.C. area to work at the University of George Washington University Hospital. She became the first Director of the Burdick School of Practical Nursing. Emily married Jim Zegeer, a Washington area Patent Attorney, in 1958.

Emily and Jim vacationed regularly at the cottage her father built in Chatham on Cape Cod. It became so precious to them that they eventually purchased the “B’s Hive,” and their children and grandchildren have shared in this great fortune through the summers of their lives.

Emily worked as a geriatric nurse for more than 30 years. She was an amateur artist and photographer, and an avid collector of art and antiques. She was a partner in the Alexandria West Antique Shop in Old Town Alexandria and was also a member of the local antique club. Through the years she served and participated in many other local organizations in the Mount Vernon area and was a longstanding member of the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. She was a lover of all animals and she rescued and cared for dozens of cats over the years. Emily considered herself a patriot and was a proud member of the Republican party.

She is survived by her devoted family: Jim, her beloved husband of 60 years; her three children, John Zegeer (Lynne), Florence Young (Thomas) and William Zegeer (Maryann); six grandchildren, Jack, Kay, Kristen, Elias, Wyatt and Jake; a great granddaughter, Amelia; and her younger sister, Dorothy Clark.


  • Graveside Service Friday, November 9, 2018

Emily Ruth Zegeer

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Mary Anson

November 3, 2018

Sending love and heartfelt condolences to the Zegeer family. I have such loving, fond memories of my dear friend Emily and will miss her so very much. She was a special lady who was always cheerful, kind and generous to all. I am (as was my late husband) forever grateful to her and Jim for providing our daughter, Sandy, a loving home while Sandy's father and I lived overseas. I will always treasure the memories of all the wonderful times the Zegeer-Anson families shared. Emily was truly an inspiration to everyone who knew her. My love and thoughts continue with you during this sad time.

Patricia Hockenberry

October 24, 2018

Mr. Z: My heartfelt condolences. Emily was such a wonderful person. You and she were such a loving couple. I have many fond memories such as you holding hands and kissing when Emily left the office. I am so sorry.

Sandra Bullard

October 21, 2018

We will miss Emily so very much. She had the most positive outlook and was always so happy. I have such fond memories of living with the Zegeers- so gracious to open their hearts and home to me. I always loved her hand written cards for my birthday and wedding anniversary. With warm thoughts and prayers to all the family
Sandy and Jay Bullard

Dale Gregory

October 21, 2018

You were the first one to hold me after I was born. I am proud to have your name as my middle name. I was blessed to be able to spend some time with you and Uncle Jim on my 70th birthday. You died living. You spent each day appreciating your family, your animals, your church family and the beautiful nature around you. You were a strong, beautiful and giving woman. You will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you. God bless your soul. Love Dale Emily Gregory