Anne Murphy Carden | Obituary

1954 – 2023

Celebration of Life Saturday, October 14, 1-4pm, Mercer Island Community Center In The Mercer Room, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA

A Celebration of the Life of Anne “Tootie” Carden will take place on Saturday, October 14 from 1-4 pm at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA. Family and friends are invited to gather in Anne’s memory beginning at 1pm. Anne’s sons, Anthony and Eddie, will share thoughts and memories of their mom at 2pm. Guests wishing to share stories and memories of Anne will also be invited to do so. The Celebration will be held in the Mercer Room of the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island. Abundant parking is available. We encourage you to please share this message with friends of Anne.

On April 27, 2023, Anne “Tootie” Murphy Carden, formerly of Mercer Island, passed away peacefully in her sleep from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. Throughout her life, Anne was energetic, quick-witted and always ready with a smile. Anne asked us all to remember her as she was during her best years: a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Anne was a dedicated community volunteer, serving on the Island Park PTA, the Mercer Island Community Fund, and numerous other community events.

Anne’s career began in 1976 as an assembler language programmer, progressing to a senior technical services consultant for one of what were then known as ‘the big eight’ accounting firms. After her first son, Anthony, was born (1984), Anne was surely one of the first people to have a work-at-home data connection to her office. Her ‘modem’ was a full-on, telco network controller the size of a dishwasher. After her second son, Eddie, was born, Anne took a break from her career track to concentrate on raising her boys. But her work ethic, technical skills and business acumen never waned. During this time, she took on many, varied opportunities as an independent consultant.

Anne was a dog lover (Rooty, Jake, Bailey, and Bella) who relished the outdoors, always looked for adventure and was an avid sports fan. She loved her chocolate, too, and on skiing trips, Anne always had chocolate treats for everyone at mid-run meetups. She loved baseball (Go Mariners, Go Cubs), and football (Go Seahawks, Fight On USC!).

Anne is survived by her husband Jim of Ventura, CA, her two sons, Anthony (Julianne) and Eddie (Kimberly), and her three grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved siblings Kevin Murphy (Colleen) of Lemont, IL and Genevieve (Rick) Powers of Arlington Heights, IL. Her sister, Joyce Murphy, passed away of natural causes a short time after Anne’s passing.

No flowers, please. If desired, donations can be made to the NW Parkinsons Foundation (