Debra Wallace Leahy, 64, a 20-year
resident of Annapolis and formerly of Hillcrest Heights,
died September 18, 2013 at home with family by her
Born June 19, 1949 in Seattle, WA to the late William
Wesley Wallace and Ellen Wallace (McKinney), Debbie
attended Anacostia High School (1967) in
Washington, DC, graduated with a History Degree from
the University of Denver, and attended the College of
William and Mary for her graduate degree.
Debbie worked for the National Archives and Records Administration for 35 years
before retiring. Her archival experience included positions in the Legislative
Records Branch, the Office of Federal Records Centers, and in the Office of the
She was a longtime member of the nation's oldest academic honor society, the Phi
Beta Kappa Society. Being an a reader, she enjoyed two book clubs and found time
for family genealogical research, crocheting, travel, walking, gardening and
spending time with her family and the family dogs, Susie and Gracie.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, James Michael Leahy; son, Stephen
Michael Conor Leahy of Annapolis; two brothers, David (Merry) Wallace of
Sacramento, CA and Steven Wallace of Lafayette, CO; sister, Ann Petersen of
Tulare, CA; sister-in-law, Patricia (Jerry) Whitmer; brother-in-law, Daniel (Rose)
Leahy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services and interment are private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory are recommended to the National
Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 435, Dallas, Texas 75219
or the Animal Resource Foundation (ARF), PO Box 396, Chester, MD 21619.
An online guestbook is available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com