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Murphy Funeral Homes
4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA


Ellen Cogswell Zerbe  

Ellen Cogswell Zerbe, a life-long resident of the Arlington and McLean area, died Friday, November 13, 2015 at Virginia Hospital Center Arlington. Born September 25, 1944 in Washington, DC, Ellen graduated from Arlington's Wakefield High School in 1962. Shortly thereafter, Ellen began her career at the US Department of State. Ellen was a skilled and dedicated executive administrative assistant, a position she held until her retirement in 2001. The highlight of her career was serving Ambassador Vernon Walters from 1985-1991. The center of Ellen's life was her family, especially her five grandchildren: Brooklynn, Maggie, Molly, Aiden and Elliot. She was predeceased by her adoring husband, Bruce W. Zerbe in 2009. Ellen is survived by her brother, William N. Cogswell (Barbara) of Arlington, her sons William (Tara) of Fort Worth and Andrew (Stacey) of Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Ellen's name to either Trinity Episcopal Church or The , 3001 Gettysburg Road Camp Hill, PA 17011. Visitation is Sunday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy's Funeral Home, located at 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203. Funeral services are Monday, November 23 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 with interment to follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at:

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2015
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