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WALSH, MARIE AUSTIN February 8, 1922 to September 20, 2012 Marie was a second generation Californian, the daughter of Charlotte Lester and DeGraff Austin. She was born over 90 years ago in San Diego. She graduated from San Diego High School and attended San Diego State College. In 1946, Marie married William "Bill" Walsh then a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. As a military wife Marie lived in various locations including New York, Hawaii, and Virginia. Bill and Marie had been married for 54 years when he passed away in 2000. In 1981, Bill and Marie returned to San Diego. Marie was an honorary life member of San Diego Floral Association (SDFA). She was a long standing member of the Flower Arrangers Guild. For over twenty years Marie coordinated all the classes conducted by the SDFA, and taught classes in flower arranging, basketry, and gourd decoration. She was a longtime member of Point Loma Garden Club. Marie received the Friends of Balbo Park Inspiration Award in 2006. In 2007 she received the A. D. Robinson Award for her continued dedication to the SDFA. Marie is survived by daughters, Kathleen Walsh and Patricia Tidwell; grandchildren, Patrick Tidwell and wife Ryoko, and Julie Tidwell; one great grandson, Declan Tidwell-Garcia; sisters-in-law, Betty Austin and Mary Jane (Pat) Raitano. As a native San Diegan there are many friends and family members who survive including two nieces, and a nephew, many cousins and friends. She was a loving spirit who will be missed by all who knew her. A Mass will be held at St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church, 4077 Ibis St., San Diego at noon on Friday, September 28th. The Celebrant will be Fr. Eugene Sta. Ana. Following Mass a celebration of Marie's life will take place in the church hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the either the SDFA, 1650 El Prado #05, San Diego, CA, 92101-1684 www.sdflorad.org 619-232-5762 or San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 www.sdhospice.org 619-278-6100.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 25, 2012
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