September 3, 1910 - March 24, 2015
San Antonio, Texas | Age 104
Mary Louise Yarborough Walsh, age 104, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born September 3, 1910, in Texarkana, Texas, to Robert Wyatt Yarborough and Lucille "Loula" Anderson Hulme. She is survived by her two children, Mary Caroline (Raul) Murguia and Patricia (John) Small; seven grandchildren: Mary Louise Murguia (Ric) De La Rosa, Raul (Ida) Murguia, Thomas Murguia, Benjamin Murguia, John (Katherine) Small, Patrick Small, and Elizabeth Small; eight great-grandchildren: Inez De la Rosa, Isabella De La Rosa, Iliana De La Rosa, Elena Murguia, David Murguia, Reagan Small, Logan Small, and Aiden Small; niece Mary Gilliland Campbell; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Patrick Walsh; siblings, Elizabeth Gilliland, Robert Wyatt Yarborough Jr., and twin sister Trueheart Moss; and sons-in-law, Raul Murguia and John Small.
Since her father was an engineer, Mary Louise grew up in several cities across the South, including Houston, Texas, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, though her fondest childhood memories were of her years growing up on Cottonwood Plantation, the family farm in Powhatan, Louisiana. Her father lost the plantation during the Great Depression when he refused to foreclose on the cash-strapped farmers who owed him money. Eventually, the Yarborough family moved to San Antonio.
Although raised as an Episcopalian, she converted to Catholicism in the early 1930s under the guidance of Father Carmelo Tranchese and chose Micaela as her confirmation name.
Mary Louise graduated as a registered nurse from P & S Hospital Corp. School of Nursing in 1934 and worked as a private duty nurse. While doing so, one of her patients was Erle Stanley Gardner, famous for writing the Perry Mason novels, with whom she corresponded for many years. Another private duty patient was the niece of Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard, the Confederate General who opened fire on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War. Mrs. Walsh's grandfather, Maj. James Jackson Yarborough, served under Gen. Beauregard and was his niece's frequent escort at various functions during the War. In 1958, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Incarnate Word College.
While doing private duty nursing for Frank Thomas Walsh, Sr., Mary Louise met and married his youngest son Edward Patrick Walsh at the family chapel on the Walsh Ranch in south Bexar County. Edward had sold a team of mules to purchase her engagement ring.
During the severe drought of the 1950s, she began working as a nurse at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department. She was originally stationed at Mirasol Courts on the West Side of San Antonio where she conducted clinics and made home visits to care for patients. She later moved to the Downtown Health Department where she developed the first cancer care program in Texas and served as its coordinator.
Mary Louise was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, The South Texas Farm and Ranch Club, and The Texas Chihuahua Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, horseback riding, reading, and puzzles, and she had a tremendous love for her family and for animals. She enjoyed excellent health well into her 103rd year.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 29th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with recitation of the Rosary at 5:00 PM in the chapel at Porter Loring on McCullough.
On Monday, March 30th, a procession will depart at 9:30 AM from Porter Loring Chapel for a Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 AM at San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Street, followed by interment in San Fernando Cemetery No. II.