Anna White Spellissy, 95, a resident of Cumming, GA, died Sept. 19, 2020, at home, with family at her side. She was the beloved wife of the late George Spellissy, who died earlier in 2020. They were married for more than 65 years.
Mrs. Spellissy was born in Weston, MA on Feb. 15, 1925, to James and Anna White. She soon acquired the nickname “Tommy”; and was called that for the rest of her life. She was a graduate of Weston High School and Fischer Business College (now Fischer College) in Boston. Mrs. Spellissy and her family were longtime residents of Dunwoody, GA.
Anna was a devout Catholic and a founding member of All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, GA.
After graduating from Fisher College, Anna worked as a purchasing assistant for the Deaconess Hospital in Boston, advancing to purchasing manager before leaving with the birth of her first child. She then devoted her time to raising a family and managing the household for the next several decades. After her children left the nest, Anna volunteered at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. She greatly enjoyed her 26 years of volunteering, making new friends and greeting patients with a smile, a good word, and homemade cookies.
In addition to her husband, Anna was predeceased by her only sister, Eleanor (Ellie) Harmon. Surviving her are four children: Paul and his wife Kathleen Dalton, Brian and his wife Julie, Kathy Shelden and her husband Charles, and Kevin. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Nora, Sarah, Rebecca, Sean, Matthew, and Patrick.
Tommy enjoyed her time in the kitchen. She was a great cook, a skill that she passed on to her four children. She loved springtime, watching her daffodils bloom, and enjoyed all the Georgia wildflowers that grew in her Dunwoody backyard. Tommy was a fan of the opera since she was a teenager and enjoyed seeing the Metropolitan Opera when it visited Atlanta. She also loved travelling. Tommy and George travelled the world, visiting all 50 states and over 50 countries. They were also great fans of Georgia Tech football and had season tickets for over 40 years.
Information on the funeral service for Mrs. Spellissy will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Volunteer Services at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342, or via this link: https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/about/giving/index.html
Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899
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