Marion Burns Walsh

marion walsh

Southern Pines, NC
Marion Burns Walsh, an incredible mother and loving wife, passed away Monday (June 7, 2010) at her home with her family by her side. All who knew her always said, 'I love your Mom, she is just a great woman' and she was. She was born October 13, 1935 and was 74 years young.
Marion moved to Southern Pines from Saratoga Springs, NY where she met and later married Dr. Michael 'Mickey' G. Walsh, Jr. in August of 1958. They were married for almost 52 years. She is survived by her husband, her five children, Michael Walsh III, Thomas Walsh, Tracey Harbour, Chrissie Doubleday, Tara York, her sister Constance Foley who still lives in Saratoga, NY and two grandchildren Keely and Kerri Harbour.
After raising her family Marion got involved in working with Frank Brawley and the Stoneybrook Steeplechase office. Once Frank retired Marion took the helm and ran the Stoneybrook Races for 18 years during some of its most memorable times. Towards the end of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase she founded the Tail Wag'n Inn where she worked along side her husband at the Southern Pines Veterinary Clinic until they retired in 2007. Many people passed through those doors over the years and she greeted them all with her bright smile. She loved life and being around people. In her late 60's she began taking Spanish classes at Sandhills Community College. She continued to take classed for six years not because she didn't master the language, but because she loved learning and traveling with her friends every year to a different country where they took immersion classes.
Marion was an amazing woman and we were all lucky to have had her in our life, albeit for to short of a time.
The funeral service will be held 1:30 PM Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Southern Pines, NC. The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home and Crematory in Southern Pines on Wednesday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Bladder Cancer Research Fund, c/o Dr. George Netto, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Weinberg/room 2242, 401 Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410, or to Firsthealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.
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  1. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Marion. I understand the sadness that you all are feeling and have been thinking of you often. When I visited her and Uncle Mickey in March she was in great spirits and was very happy that her kids were so c

  2. it is with sadness we read this news..
    Marion was a pure delight to know..
    we realize how blessed we are to have interacted with her and will deeply miss seeing her..
    blessings to you, her family..
    love, Carolyn and Kevin

  3. Dear Mickey, Michael, Tommy, Tracey, Chrissie, Tara, Constance (Constance – we probably met you several times at the Stoneybrooks years ago) and all the rest of the family – we are soo sorry to hear about Marion. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to

  4. Marion has held a special place in the hearts of our family for many years. Her smile and joy in life and learning made her stand out. She’d always tease me about learning to speak Spanish since my husband is Mexican and laughed when I said I was hopeless

  5. With our deepest sympathy,our prayers are with you Dr.Walsh and family. Your wife/mother made our start in Collies easier.It was always fun to visit your Southern Pines office and talk with her.We know our "Sweet Tea" and friend Fran are welcomi

  6. Our sympathy is with you Dr.Walsh and family.Mrs.Walsh was a great person and a help with our Collies. We will miss her,we know our "Sweet Tea" with friend Fran our welcoming her in heaven,Peace and Good will to all of you,Mickey,Emily,and Jerem

  7. Dr. Walsh, I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Walsh’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You two have nursed and cared for so many of my "babies" over the years, you feel like extended family. She was one of the kindest, most car

  8. To the Walsh family, Ed and I want you to know that your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Know that the time will come when you can look back at all the great memories you all have shared with Marion, and smile. We pray that

  9. Dr,Walsh, I am so sorry about your loss. You know I loved her very much, She was always kind and we shared laughter and tears over my animals over the years. Please know You and your children will be in Kenny and my prayers, I am so so sorry. , Love Dawn

  10. I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Marion and regret not visiting more often. I will miss her kindness generosity and wisdom as well as her wonderful smile and laugh. I like to believe there is a special place in heaven for souls as lovely as h

  11. I just wanted to say how very sorry I am Mr. Walsh that Mrs. Walsh has passed on. In the years I have worked in your kennel and lastly in your homes your wife was so kind it just breaks my heart to know the pain you are going through as well as your famil

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