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Tierney, Anna

August 28th, 2009

tierney-annaAnna M. (Crosby) Tierney, of Manchester, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died Friday, August 28, 2009, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

Born on December 29, 1921, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Anna was the dear daughter of the late William and Mabel (Clark) Crosby. She grew up in West Chester and was a graduate of West Chester High School. In earlier years Anna was employed as a switch board operator for the telephone company until she followed her brother into the Military, enlisting in the United States Army on November 29, 1943. Anna was extremely proud to serve the country during WWII and was discharged as a Corporal on November 30, 1945. She met John Tierney while both were in the Service and they married on June 1, 1945. When they were discharged the couple settled in Somerville, MA. During this time Anna was employed as a sales person for the J. M. Fields Company in Medford. John died suddenly in 1965, leaving Anna to raise three young children, she moved her family to Wilmington in 1966. Anna also took a new job as a sales person at Filenes in the Burlington Mall, Anna was a hard worker and well respected in her position. She spent many years training other sales clerks as well as sales managers, Anna retired in 1990. Anna was a member of the United Food & Commercial Worker’s International Union L ocal #1445 in Boston.

In her spare time Anna enjoyed reading, crocheting, taking long walks on the beach and her cat. She attended St. Thomas of Villanova Church while living in Wilmington and was a member of the Wilmington Senior Center, where she enjoyed the aerobics classes. In 2003, Anna moved to New Hampshire to be closer to her daughters and she became an active member of the Manchester Senior Center. Anna will be remembered fondly by her family and friends as a hard worker, good friend and neighbor, but most of all a devoted mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Anna was the beloved wife of the late John Tierney, devoted mother of Joanne M. Greenhalgh of Hampton, NH, Patricia A. Gardiner & her husband Donald of Northwood, NH, and the late John Tierney, loving grandmother of Joy, Marc, Michael, R.J., Heather, Aelan, and great-grandchildren Sean, Liam, Tiernan, Quinn, Bridget, Aiden, Brenna, Natalie, Jamie, Brielle, Kylaina, Kiera, Shane, and Aisha, she was also the dear sister of the late William Crosby.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 5th at 12:00 noon in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to the Military Women’s Memorial, Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560. www.womensmemorial.org.

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  1. Jeff Crosby says:

    I will miss Aunt Anna’s smile and infectious laugh. I am so glad we got to see each other this summer. I will always treasure the memories of our times of family together. She lived a long and fruitful life. May we learn from her the appreciation and value of life. I know God has taken her into his caring arms and she is with her parents, husband, brother and son. With love, Jeff, Jennifer, Zack Crosby, and Mike.

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