|Grace Coolidge McGrath O'Malley
Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 5, 2021.
Grace Coolidge McGrath O'Malley
Grace Coolidge McGrath O'Malley passed away peacefully on January
Grace was born September 26, 1926 in Washington, D.C. She was
the daughter of the late Edward Somers McGrath and Ida Isabelle
Quinn McGrath and spouse of the late John Joseph O'Malley, Jr.
Grace was predeceased by her brother, Edward Eugene McGrath, and her daughter, Eleanor
Grace graduated from St. Patrick's Academy High School (1944) and Dumbarton College
of the Holy Cross, both formerly located in Washington, D.C.
Grace joined the staff of the Assistant Director, Administrative Division of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, as a Correspondence Assistant in 1948. Grace was a Law Clerk, Legislative
Unit, Administrative Division when she left the FBI in 1955.
She married John Joseph O'Malley, Jr, formerly of Reading, Massachusetts, on September 5,
1953. Grace and John lived in Washington, D.C., until 1977 when they moved to North
Grace and John returned to Washington, D.C. in 1983 and settled in Fredericksburg, Texas in
Grace was a member of the St Jude's Guild at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in
Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. Grace volunteered at Children's Hospital (now Children's
National Hospital) in Washington, D.C., and at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in
Fredericksburg, Texas. She also volunteered at the White House Office of Presidential
Correspondence for many years.
Grace leaves her children Marian O'Malley Akey (Tom) of Deerfield, New Hampshire, John
Martin O'Malley (Beth) of Palo Alto, California, Edward Somers O'Malley (Theresa) of Reston,
Virginia, Anne Conlon O'Malley of Baltimore, Maryland and Robert Lawrence O'Malley (Lori
Pachico) of Hopedale, Massachusetts, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Washington, D.C. and burial at
Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled in the future.