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Date published: 3/2/2013

Emily M. Gibney

Emily Marie Gibney lost her fight for life on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Lake Ridge.

She was born to Guido O. Groebe and Emily T. Groebe on July 14, 1923, in Interlaken, N.J.

Emily grew up an only child and attended high school at House in the Pines in Norton, Mass., then earned her college degrees from Ogontz College in Philadelphia and then at Katharine Gibbs School in New York City. At all her schools, she was honored as the valedictorian graduate.

Emily loved English, history and animals, especially cats. She was an avid reader and loved gourmet cooking. She regularly donated money to the ASPCA and World Wildlife Fund. After college, Emily's first job was at the Museum of National History in New York. After spending 12 years in Coral Gables, Fla., she moved to Virginia and worked at the Pentagon, rising to budget analyst, for the Army. Later, she was employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory daughter Sherie Ann Wheaton and her two sons, Dana and Kelley; daughter Vicki Lynn Spriggs, her husband, William, and her two children, Suzie and Cindy; daughter Emily Allison Baumgartner and her husband, Dan Baumgartner; son Henderson Reeves III; and daughter Denise Marie Saxon and her children, Nicole and Michelle. She also leaves five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marne Gibney.

A funeral will be held at noon, Saturday, March 2, at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria. The procession to the cemetery will begin at 11 a.m. from Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge.

Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407 or fburgspca.org.