Ann-Cecile Margareta McDermott

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Ann McDermott died at home in the early morning hours of April 17th after a heroic fourteen-month battle against pancreatic cancer.  She was a 30-year career civil servant who achieved membership in the Senior Executive Service and subsequently received the Presidential Rank Award.  Her many civilian assignments in the Air Force and Marine Corps culminated in her final duty as Deputy Assistant Commandant for Programs and Resources and Comptroller of the Marine Corps at HQ USMC in the Pentagon.  She retired from that position in October 2017.  Ann graduated from the University of Southern California, received a Master’s degree from the National Defense University and was a Certified Public Accountant.  She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Edwin P. McDermott, sons Frank McDermott and Joseph McDermott, daughters Amelia Carwin and Cynthia McKenna, and grandchildren Claire, Charlotte, Margareta, Cyran, Eliza, Colton, James, Julian and Everett.  Ann loved scuba diving and photography, and she was a gourmet chef.  She brightened every room she entered and was loved by all who knew her.  She will be missed.

Visitation will be held on Friday May 3, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 and 6:00 to 8:00pm. Mass will also be held on Friday May 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm at the Memorial Chapel at Ft. Myer. 


Family and friends that plan to attend Mass, please allow time for security screening at the main gate. It is also advised to have a photo id ready to show security at that time.


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15 Responses to Ann-Cecile Margareta McDermott

  1. Kathy Ruffner says:

    Dear Ed and Family,

    Ann was my boss for almost three years at Wright-Patterson. She was so full of life it is hard to believe she is gone. Ann was a great boss, kind person and an outstanding leader who took very good care of the people who worked for her. From our frequent late evening conversations, I know she loved you all very much. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Darlene Conard says:

    Ann left such a remarkable light for WPAFB FM personnel. She was always professional with a good heart. She loved her family trips to the Cayman Island! Bless her family! Darlene Conard

  3. Charles Cornelius says:

    Thank you Ann, my life is better because you were a part of it.

    Ann and Ed were so hospitable to me when I was on assignment in DC! I remember jamming to Uptown Funk with Ed one day when we rode to work together. I loved picking on Ed with you regarding the movie Shawshank Redemption. On and on with treasured memories…

    So glad I had the privilege to call you my friend, I miss you.

    Prayers to Ed and your family.


  4. Dan Balster says:


    It was my pleasure to have worked for you and Ann. Both were great privileges. Issues were always addressed with willingness to discuss what’s best for the organization and the people involved.

    I’ll keep Ann, you and your family in my prayers.

    May God keep you close.

  5. Cj says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Grief can be a difficult emotion to deal with. There are, 12 basic guidelines that can help you cope with grieving. They’re used by many grief counselors and they’re also biblical. You can download a free copy of the magazine titled “Help for those who Grieve “

  6. Roy Stephen says:

    To Mr. McDermott and family,

    Ann McDermott was one of the first people I met when I moved to Ohio to start as an intern at Wright Patterson AFB. I remember how welcome she made me feel with her endless encouragement and the great energy she gave off wherever she went. She was an excellent leader and an even better person. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Richard "Scotty" Scott says:

    My condolences to the family of Mrs. Ann McDermott. I worked indirectly for Mrs. McDermott here at Wright Patterson and she always treated me with respect and valued my input. She was always fair and treated everyone with respect, no matter what your position was. I will miss the small talks we’d have when I occasionally would run into her at the airports. She will be truly missed.

  8. Eloise Orndoff says:

    My condolences to Ann’s family. I have many fond childhood memories of Ann as we were best friends when we went to elementary school and we lived just two streets from one another. Loved her and her Scottish terrier, Lass. Our parents were also good friends.

  9. Frank Titus says:

    RIP, Ann. Very hard to believe that you are gone. You will be missed.

  10. Frank Titus says:

    RIP, Ann
    You will missed.

  11. Bill Borger says:

    I tag-teamed with Ann in 2007 and 2008 to teach a periodic class on leadership. We taught the section on “challenge the process”. She was wonderful and could relate to any of the class participants – motivating them to take the lessons back to their office. The course prompter related to me that our section always received the highest student ratings of the seven sections in the overall class. I always assumed it was Ann who pushed our two-person team to the top. Please also accept my condolences for your loss.

  12. Jerry L. Mazza says:

    My condolences to the family. I knew her for just a brief time during her days with the Marine Corps. But it was enought time to see that she was a good, sincere and compassionate professional. And in that short time I came to admire and respect her. Deepest sympathies.

  13. Major R. Travis Beeson says:

    My condolences to the family.
    I had the privilege of working for Ms. McDermott while I was stationed in Indianapolis while working for USMC Programs and Resources. My interactions were few but she left a lasting and strong impression as a person my daughters and I can look up to as a great American, role model, and FM professional.
    Fair Wind and Following Seas as you set sail on your final journey.

  14. Kathy Sowers says:

    Ed and family,
    I worked with Ann at Wright Patterson and she always brought her infectious personality into every meeting and brightened the room with her smile. I can’t believe she’s gone. She was an outstanding leader and friend who cherished and loved her family very much. My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother.

  15. Sharon Mazza says:

    Mr. McDermott and family,
    My sincere condolences to you. I worked directly for Mrs. McDermott at USMC. Many times she would say that “we were linked at the hip”. We had many late evening talks about work and family. She would always ask me to call her Ann during our discussions. I had so much admiration and respect for her and her achievements and knowledge that I could never call her Ann. She pushed everyone to be the best that they could be, whether it be a degree or Financial Management acquisition certification. She was definitely one to look up to and will be deeply missed. She was an amazing woman.

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