Margaret Anna Walsh

Female 1929 - 2015  (85 years)

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  • Name Margaret Anna Walsh 
    Born 22 Nov 1929  Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Oct 2015  Vero Beach, Indian River Co. FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fairfax City Cemetery Fairfax Co., Fairfax VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

      Information extracted from:
      Strunk Funeral Home
      Published in the TC Palm on Nov. 8, 2015

      Margaret ?Peg? Hurd, (previously Logue, nee Walsh), died peacefully of natural causes on October 22, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach, FL after a long struggle with dementia. Her husband of 38 years, Jack W. Hurd, was with her shortly before her passing. Peg was 85 years old.

      Peg was born November 22, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA to Irish immigrant parents, Anthony Walsh and Nora Walsh, (nee McHale), both of County Mayo, Ireland. She was the forth of seven children: Patrick Walsh, (died soon after birth); Mary McKenna, deceased; Nora ?Cissy? Smith, previously McGraw, deceased; Anthony ?Bud? Walsh, deceased; John Walsh, deceased; and Frances Walsh, Sister Ancilla Regina, IHM. Peg attended Saint Rose of Lima Grammar School and West Catholic Girls High School where she excelled academically, sang, played basketball, and, to her immense pride, was a Green Ribbon Girl--one of those who guarded the venerable marble stairs. She spoke often, and happily, of the weekly dances she attended at neighboring parishes during her teen years.

      Following high school she worked at Gimbels department store along with her future husband, William ?Ted? Logue. The two married in 1951 and had 5 children: Theodore ?Ted? Joseph Logue of Virgina Beach, VA; John Anthony Logue, deceased at age 23; Noreen Regina Logue, deceased at age 17; Margaret Anne Carpenter (married to Scott Carpenter), of Oak Park, CA; and Katherine Mary Logue (married to Jonathan Nyland), of Barrington, IL. Peg is survived by her 5 grandchildren: Bridget Carpenter, Joey Carpenter, Duncan Nyland, Fiona Nyland, and Charlotte Nyland.

      As a young mother and wife, Peg moved to Glendora, New Jersey. She was active in her community?president of St Theresa?s Altar and Rosary Society; president of the mothers of the Glendora Little League; treasurer of the Royalettes, the majorette group. She enjoyed bowling for Mary?s Cold Cuts-- a ?spare bowler? she called herself. In fact, she carried her bowling bag, with ball and shoes, in the trunk of her car for years after she stopped playing in a league?just in case. She enjoyed playing cards. She was a voracious reader and kept up on current events and politics. She and her family enjoyed the Jersey shore, as guests of Peg?s parents, for a week every summer. Later, she worked as a teacher at St Patrick?s Grammar School in Woodbury, NJ. At night she attended Glasboro Community College to work on her teaching certificate.

      In 1969 Peg moved her family to Northern Virginia to begin a new life as a single mother after separating from her first husband. There she began her professional career in earnest, first as a physician?s secretary for several years, and then finally as a Security Clearance Manager for defense contractors-- Lulejian and Associates
      and BDM. The work suited her sharp intellect, organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong work ethic. Peg would rise to middle management, while completing her Associates Degree from Northern Virginia Community College. She was proud of her professional accomplishments and years later, in the confusion of her dementia, she would often reference her work ?with the spooks.?

      While working full-time and supporting her family, she cared for her four children who were still at home, including her son John, who had become paralyzed. She was a somewhat demanding mother, who expected her children to work hard and excel at school while doing their part at home, and for the older children, while working a part-time job. Tragedy marred these years, starting with the death of her niece at 19, followed by the death of her daughter, Noreen, at 18, and her son, John, at 23. The family would joke that we were like the Kennedys, only without the money. Peg?s ability to laugh helped carry her through these years.

      Between the deaths of her daughter and son, Peg met her second husband, Jack W. Hurd. Jack and Peg celebrated their 38th anniversary this August. Jack was Peg?s best friend. When they were not working or parenting, Peg and Jack traveled, danced, attended the theater, and visited museums and historic homes (usually with Peg?s youngest in tow). They played cards and entertained their many friends. Peg and Jack were long-time volunteers at Fairfax Hospital. They became very active members at the Fairfax Elks. Peg was president of the Ladies of the Elks, and later was part of the second group of women who became Elks in their own right.

      In 2002, after retiring and a few years of being ?snowbirds?, Peg and Jack moved from Northern Virginia to Vero Beach, Florida full time. To her delight, three of her siblings also lived in Vero Beach at that same time. Peg was already showing the early signs of her dementia, yet she and Jack were very active at the Elks in Vero Beach and volunteered at Indian River Medical Center. They also sang in the chorus at Vista Plantation.

      As Peg?s dementia increased, her ability to continue her activities diminished. She was irritable, even angry, as she sensed her mind, once so sharp, slip away. Jack lovingly cared for her at home until October 2010, when she moved to the memory care unit at The Place in Vero Beach. For over 4 years, Jack visited Peg almost daily, to feed her lunch and sit with her. Her children and grandchildren visited when they could. Long after Peg no longer recognized her children and grandchildren, she could still recall and sing the words to many songs, ?America the Beautiful? being her favorite.

      This past August, Peg was moved from The Place to Palm Gardens. Surprisingly, her spirits over the last year, and particularly in these last two months at Palm Gardens, were much lighter and brighter than they had been during the darkest years of her dementia. Near the end she was still ?talking? and laughing.

      The Strunk Funeral Home oversaw Peg?s cremation. Her burial at Fairfax Memorial Cemetary and a memorial will be at a future date, most likely early spring.

    Person ID I32840  Master File
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2016 

    Family 1 William (Ted) Logue 
    Divorced ca 1969 
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F13761  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jack Ward Hurd,   b. 06 May 1930, Wise Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 13 Aug 1977  Williamsburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.
      Name: Jack Wade Hurd
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 47
      Birth Date: 6 May 1930
      Marriage Date: 13 Aug 1977
      Marriage Place: Williamsburg, Virginia
      Registration Place: Fairfax, Virginia
      Father: James Worley Hurd
      Mother: Bess Tate
      Spouse: Margaret Anna Walsh Logue
      Spouse Gender: Female
      Spouse Race: White
      Spouse Age: 47
      Spouse Birth Date: 22 Nov 1929
      Spouse Father: Anthony Augustin Walsh
      Spouse Mother: Nora Rita McHale
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F13760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart