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Mary Elizabeth Marshall

April 14, 1940 January 22, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Marshall
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MARY ELIZABETH “BETSY” MARSHALL, passed away on January 22, 2019. Beloved wife of Conrad J. Marshall, loving mother of Andy Marshall, Amy Marshall-Ruschaupt, and Chris Marshall, daughter of Richard J. Gardner and Marian Felleisen, and devoted sister of John Gardner, Barbara Schmitt, and Judy Dickson, Betsy is also survived by her grandchildren, Abby and Kirsten Ruschaupt, son-in-law Chris Ruschaupt, and daughter-in-law Tanya Kaufman.

Betsy was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep, she began her undergraduate career at Penn State and later finished her degree at George Mason University. Betsy then went on to earn a Masters in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. Betsy and Conrad were married for well over 50 years and still held hands until the very end. They settled in McLean, Virginia and then into the home they built above the banks of the Potomac in Great Falls, Virginia. Betsy had a strong commitment to her Catholic faith and social justice. In the 60’s, she and Conrad marched with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington D.C. She was a veteran Democratic Party activist who worked for numerous candidates for public office in Fairfax County and Virginia state politics. Betsy worked with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to help put on a Friendship Force exchange program as part of a cultural diplomacy effort with the Soviet Union. She later worked for many years as a substitute teacher in several Fairfax County high schools. Betsy was also an experienced horseback rider and one Christmas gave her children a Shetland pony named “Spaghetti” in what was by all accounts the greatest Christmas ever.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend viewings on Wednesday, January 30 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Money and King funeral home at 171 W. Maple Ave. Vienna, VA, as well as a funeral mass on Thursday, January 31 at 11am at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia immediately followed by a luncheon also at St. Luke. Online condolences and fond memories of Mary may be offered to the family at www.moneyandking.com


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Visitation

Wednesday

30

Jan

2:00 PM 1/30/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 1/30/2019 4:00:00 PM
Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180

Money & King Funeral Home
171 W. Maple Ave. Vienna 22180 VA
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

30

Jan

6:00 PM 1/30/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/30/2019 8:00:00 PM
Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180

Money & King Funeral Home
171 W. Maple Ave. Vienna 22180 VA
United States

Funeral Mass

Thursday

31

Jan

11:00 AM 1/31/2019 11:00:00 AM
St Luke Catholic Church

7001 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

St Luke Catholic Church
7001 Georgetown Pike McLean 22101 VA
United States
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