It is with great sadness that the Walsh Family announces the passing away of Rose Marie Tulloch Walsh, who after a short illness, passed away in the early morning hours of November 23, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born May 21, 1933 in the Saint Mary’s Infirmary to Justice H. Tulloch (1903 – 1985) and Rose Perricone Tulloch (1906 – 1982), Rose Marie was a second generation Galvestonian who epitomized the best aspects of those born and raised on this barrier island.
In her early years, Rose Marie’s family moved to a new home on 42nd & S1/2 where she had a full and exciting life with her parents and sister, Isabel Tulloch Anders. One fateful day as she gazed through her window, across the fence, to her next door neighbor’s home, she noticed Edward Walsh, Jr. Edward and Rose Marie were inseparable from that first meeting and dated continually from the age of 13. They married on October 31, 1953 at Saint Patrick Church in Galveston. Edward and Rose Marie were devoted to each other in both work and play for almost 70 years, celebrating 62 years of marriage on October 3, 2015 just months prior to Edward’s passing.
Rose Marie was a wonderful mother and role model to her three children; Edward J. Walsh III (Eddie), Kevin Christopher Walsh, and Kimberly Christine Walsh-Rodriguez. She raised them to understand the value of community and hard work. These values were instilled in the next generation when Rose Marie became a grandmother to six loving grandchildren. She was known as “Wozzie” or “Sassy” depending on the grandchild, and they all flourished due to the love and wisdom she provided.
As a lifelong Galvestonian, Rose Marie was educated in the Galveston Public School System and graduated from Ball High School in 1950 along with many other prominent Galvestonians. After graduation, she worked as an executive assistant to the superintendent of Galveston Independent School District. Rose Marie furthered her education by later attending the University of Houston and receiving her real estate license.
During the early days of their courtship and marriage, Rose Marie assisted Edward in many ways. There are family stories of Edward during college, mailing handwritten manuscripts and term papers to Rose Marie who would then edit, type and refine overnight while returning in time for the submission deadline.
Rose Marie was an involved member in the Galveston community. While living in Cedar Lawn, she was an active member of the Cedar Lawn Garden Club. She especially enjoyed working with charities and organizations that were beneficial to children. She was a board member, president, and active fundraiser for Temple Academy and its successor Travis Academy, a private elementary school started by the Temple B’nai Synagogue. For many years, Rose Marie was an active United Fund and United Way board member and fund raiser.
Rose Marie was a dynamic member of the Galveston art scene. Whether it was flower arranging, painting, pottery, jewelry making, batik, clothing design or sewing, Rose Marie excelled in all. Using all these skills, she was a lead member of the O’Connell High School Treasure Ball organization, and for many years she designed the themes and costumes which helped keep the Mardi Gras tradition alive in the Galveston Community during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Renowned as a gracious hostess and gourmet cook, Rose Marie was constantly entertaining her large group of close friends and family. An invitation to one of her dinner parties was always a highlight. Whether it was Beef Bourguignon in her dining room or burgers on the grill at the Camp House on Teichman Road, the meals were always cooked to perfection and served with a warm smile.
In 1981, Rose Marie joined the CPA firm of Edward J. Walsh and Associates where she worked hand in hand with her husband Edward for the next 35 years. Working continually in the firm until a few weeks prior to her passing, Rose Marie was the cheerful voice on the phone and the friendly face all knew and loved that greeted clients at the door.
Rose Marie will not be forgotten by her sons: Edward J. Walsh III, his wife Veronica Hugger, and her son Joseph Rees Hugger; Kevin Christopher Walsh, his fiancé Leann Carmical, and his children Jack Edward, Margaret Ann, and Daniel Steven; and daughter Kimberly Christine Walsh-Rodriguez, her husband Ruben, and their children Katherine Marie, Emily Christine, and Michael Justice. Rose Marie is also survived by her younger sister Isabel Tulloch Anders and her children.
The family will receive visitors beginning 12:00 Noon, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Saint Patrick Church, 34th and Broadway. A Catholic Mass will be held at 1:00p.m. with Father Jude Ezuma as Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the United Way of Galveston or The Galveston Arts Center.