Agnes Brittingham Willard died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at 105 years of age. She had been a resident of Williamsburg since 1987, living at Williamsburg Landing. |
Mrs. Willard was born in Wachapreague on Nov. 24, 1907. Her parents were John Rufus and Valentine Read Brittingham. She graduated from Wachapreague High School, then attended the Roberts Beach preparatory school in Catonsville, Md. In 1925 she entered the College of William and Mary. After three and a half years, she started teaching in Accomack County, but soon left for Anne Arundel County, Md., where she taught for a number of years. She obtained both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland.
Mrs. Willard was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She also served Kappa Delta as a National Chairwoman of their hospital committee.
After retiring from teaching, she returned to Virginia where she became active in local affairs. She was president of Accomack County Republican Woman's Club, did volunteer work as a Pink Lady at Shore Memorial Hospital, was a member of the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. She was a member of Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary educational society.
She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Willard Duer, and son-in-law, John H. Duer of Salisbury, Md.; a grandson, John H. Duer IV of Marrakesh, Morocco; two granddaughters, Read Duer Landen of Newport, N.C., and Julie Duer Clayton of Salisbury; and three great-grandchildren, Thomas Landen, Marjorie Landen and Jacqueline Clayton.
Funeral services were conducted graveside at St. George's Cemetery, Pungoteague, on Thursday, Feb. 21, with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Broad officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Feb. 20 to Mar. 19, 2013