Anne Theresa Murtha Walsh 1933-2018

Anne Theresa Murtha Walsh, 85, of Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Leesburg, Virginia, died peacefully on July 18, 2018 after a lovely dinner, with family by her side.

Born March, 1933, in Manhattan, N.Y., Anne was the daughter of Patrick and Catherine (nee Melia) Murtha, both recent Irish immigrants.

Anne graduated from Annunciation Girls’ School in 1946, and The Assisium in 1950. She then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in New York where she initially worked as an administrative assistant. Anne later received two letters of recognition and commendation from J. Edgar Hoover for her “mature judgement and attention to duty,” during undercover assignments “of a confidential matter of great interest to the Bureau in the security field.”

In June 1957, while at the wedding of a cousin, she met a gentleman who sat down next to her at the reception and said, “Did you know that 90% of people who meet at weddings eventually get married?” True to form, twelve months later she married the gentleman, John Francis Walsh, in the Bronx, NY.

During their 52 years together, Anne and John raised four children. They had many adventures and friends as they moved their home to Virginia (Lynchburg), New York (Bronx), Australia (Sydney), New Jersey (Freehold and Maplewood), North Carolina (Seven Lakes), and then back to Virginia (Purcellville). While her husband traveled internationally, Anne managed the finances and all household matters (except spiders).

When her children were older, Anne worked for Cooper Communications, mastering the 1980’s word processors before computers were ubiquitous. Her passions were reading, keeping up with her children, and then later grandchildren.

Anne was predeceased by her husband John, her oldest son John Jr., her brother Thomas and her sister Patricia. She is survived by her daughter Maura Walsh-Copeland (Patric) of Hillsboro, VA, sons Michael Walsh (Elizabeth) of Chicago, IL. and Terrence Walsh of Springfield, VA, and grandchildren Daniel (Walsh), Sean, Jameson, and Caitleen (Copeland), Julianna and Matthew (Foster Walsh).

The family extends their thanks to INOVA Cornwall and Joshua’s Hands for the exquisite quilt presented to Anne and her family after her passing. A funeral mass with family and friends will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in August (arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, www.hallfh.com). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Anne’s honor to your favorite charity.

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