MARY WALSH

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Porter Walsh Oct 20, 1928 - Dec 22, 2012 NICHOLS HILLS Mary Alma Porter Walsh was born October 20, 1928, in Arkansas City, Kansas, to John and Margaret Porter. She died December 22, 2012, after a long illness. Mary grew up in Oklahoma City with her brother, Robert. After attending Hockaday in Dallas, she graduated from Holland Hall in Tulsa. She went on to attend Connecticut College for Women for a year, then returned to OU. She married Roger Allen, of Enid, and they moved to Texas, where two children, Sara and Dale, were born. In 1965, she married Lawrence E. (Ed) Walsh and moved to New York City, where she had always wanted to live. Their life together took them on many adventures, including living in Paris for the Paris Peace Talks, and brought another daughter, Elizabeth, in 1969. She made an elegant First Lady of the American Bar Association when Ed was President in 1975-76, and they returned to Oklahoma City when he retired from his New York law firm, Davis Polk, in 1982. Her friends called her "Slim," and while she went by "Mary" in New York, we could always tell when an Oklahoma friend was calling for "Mary Alma." She was fierce in her beliefs and in her love for her family. She was elegant, fun, had an unerring sense of style and glamour, could do awesome headstands, couldn't carry many tunes but sang anyway, and could make you feel like the most important person in the world. A friend of her daughter's recently remembered her as "young and beautiful and full of mischief and sparkling intelligence and sophistication." She suffered several strokes later in life, which left her less able to communicate, but she never lost the impish gleam in her eye or the ability to share exactly what she was thinking. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband, Ed; three children, Sara (Frank Hagel), Dale Edward Walsh, and Elizabeth La Colla (Pete); and three grandchildren, Blaine, Logan and Megan. Funeral Services will be Thursday, December 27, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church, of Oklahoma City, with private entombment to follow at Rose Hill Abbey Mausoleum. Charitable donations may be made to Lifecare Oklahoma Hospice, 2411 Springer Dr, Norman, OK 73069.

Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 27, 2012
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