Martha Louise Walker Tussing, 78, died peacefully on Saturday, March 2, at Sentara Hospital in Williamsburg. She had a beautiful smile and was one of the sweetest people you could ever meet.
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She was born in Pilot Oak, Ky., on July 23, 1934, to James B. and Pauline Cox Walker. She was raised by her Aunt Mildred and had three brothers, James Lee, Bill, and Philip. She had lived in Williamsburg since 1986.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Retired Col. James T. Tussing. They met when she worked at a bank in Hopkinsville, Ky., and were married on Nov. 24, 1963. They traveled all over the world together, including overseas tours in Germany and England.
Martha and Jim were blessed with three sons: Frank R. Tussing and his wife, Joanne, James A. Tussing, and Jon M. Tussing and his wife, Karen; seven grandchildren: Krystal, Annie, Jessica, Melissa, Joseph, Matthew, and Scott; and two great-grandchildren, Emma Reed and Isabelle McCarthy. They say that "Mothers of three boys go straight to Heaven," and we believe it!
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Lee and Philip; and her son, Frank.
She was a dedicated wife and mother and started her career as a Realtor in Northern Virginia after returning from Germany in the early 1970s. She was very energetic and was the "Rookie of the Year" in her first year and was extremely successful over the years. She later worked on the Peninsula for Dot Wright Realty and Long and Foster and retired in the early 1990s. She enjoyed helping others and made a positive impact on many lives.
Martha was very active when her health permitted and loved her family and friends. She also liked antiques and spending time with the Fort Monroe Gourmet Group. She enjoyed participating in the Williamsburg Lady Lions Group, whose husbands are in the Williamsburg Host Lions Club.
We are extremely thankful for the great care and compassion she received at Patriots Colony Convalescent Center, Consulate Health Care, Dominion Village, Riverside Regional Medical Center, and at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital. We would like to personally thank her nurses, doctors and other caregivers.
The family will receive friends at Nelsen Funeral Home on Friday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at Bruton Parish Church at 2 p.m. Parking will be available to all attending the memorial service and reception on Duke of Gloucester Street. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Williamsburg Host Lions Club, P.O. Box 753, Williamsburg VA 23187; or a
Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com
Published in Virginia Gazette from Mar. 6 to Apr. 5, 2013