Margaret G. ‘Marty’ Waller, Navy wife

May 21, 2013

Margaret G. “Marty” Waller, 82, a Navy vice admiral’s wife who accompanied her husband to duty stations around the United States, died of congestive heart failure May 15 at Talbot Hospice House in Easton.

Her husband, retired Vice Adm. Edward C. Waller, confirmed her death. He was superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis from 1981 until he retired from the Navy in 1983.

Margaret Clifford Gelly was born in Atlanta and grew up in Hawaii, California and Washington. She graduated from what then was Georgetown Visitation Junior College in 1949, then attended George Washington University before her marriage in 1950.

She accompanied her husband to posts in California, Florida and Texas, in addition to Washington. After his military retirement, they lived in California for four years before moving to St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Mrs. Waller was a member of the Harbor Club and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Easton and enjoyed photography.

In addition to her husband, of St. Michaels, survivors include three children, Robin Waller Marrah of St. Michaels, Edward C. Waller Jr. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Peggy Waller Wilckens of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Kristen Leigh Waller, died in 1987.

— Bart Barnes

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