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Edmea Maria McCarty

November 17, 1937May 3, 2021

Edmea Maria McCarty

On May 3rd, 2021 in Alexandria, VA. Beloved wife of the late John E. McCarty. She is survived by her children Robert (Debora) McCarty and Anne (Keith) Perlman; grandchildren Erin (Taylor Bell) McCarty, Jenna Perlman, Cooper Perlman, Meagan Mitchell, and Cameron (Brittany) McCarty; great grandchildren Kade, Kai and Ace Mitchell; her brother Eduardo Silveira; and many more family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son John McCarty and her brother Alberto Silveira. An admirer of Old Town Alexandria, Edmea was a lifelong traveler and enjoyed time with friends and family.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 11th at 10:00 am at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Interment will be held privately at Alexandria National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.



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Carol Langdon Kohankie

May 10, 2021

My Dear "Brazilian Sister" Edmea. We first met in 1958 when she had just arrived as an exchange student at Connecticut College. Our family was to be her host family away from campus. During that foreign student weekend we double dated at a dance at the Coast Guard Academy. It was love at first sight and she and Jack married in the Coast Guard Academy Chapel on June 11th, 1960. Following a honeymoon in Rio De Janeiro where Jack got to finally meet his in-laws they settled in Maine where Jack was stationed on a Coast Guard Cutter.
Edmea was the most thoughtful person I have ever met. For example, when she was living in CA and could not attend my wedding, she sent me a present for every room in my house.
For many years Edmea was a Portuguese Interpreter for the US State Department. On occasions when she traveled leading State Department Tours, near where I lived, she would invite me to join her for a meal with her guests. We always picked up as if we had seen each other the day before.
I will never forget her as she also was my only child's godmother.
Edmea, you led an extraordinary life and I am honored to be a part of you. RIP my dear friend.