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Virginia Lee Walker, a great example of ‘loving kindness’

Posted: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

Virginia Lee Walker, 92, passed away peacefully in her home in Page, on Feb. 2, 2014, with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Ft. Lyons, Colo. to Ada Eleanore Donnell and George Hugh McKinney. She married Riley Lorenzo Walker on Sept. 30, 1938 in Red Mesa, Colo. They were later sealed in the SLC Temple. He died Jan. 4, 2001.

Virginia was raised and attended school in Pueblo, Colo. and Red Mesa, Colo. After her marriage, she and Riley lived in Red Mesa, Colo., Farmington, N.M., Blanding, Utah, Flagstaff, Ariz., Salt Lake City, Utah, Cheyenne, Wyo., and finally retired to Page in 1984.

Mom was very talented with her hands. She was a wonderful seamstress, and enjoyed painting, tying quilts, crocheting, crafts of all kinds, ceramics and making dolls. She would spend hours on her work and loved giving it way to grandchildren and other family and friends. She worked for a time outside the home as a hairdresser.

As an active member of the LDS Church, she had a strong testimony. She was a dedicated Visiting Teacher her whole married life and had also served as a Young Women’s teacher, Primary teacher, homemaking teacher, and secretary and counselor in the Relief Society. She was a great example of the loving kindness expected of us all by the Savior and wanted everyone in the family to have a testimony of the gospel plan.

Mom was a very kind, sweet person. She never judged anyone in her extended family, keeping in contact with everyone through cards, gifts and phone calls. She made sure all of her grandchildren knew she loved them and loved being around them when they visited. She will be greatly missed by all who had the chance to know her. We love you so very much, Mom.

Survivors include children Judy (Dean) Slavens of Page, Dixie Lee (David) Hendon of Texas, Riley Walker of Phoenix, Marsha Rich of Phoenix, and Cindee (Ron) Glover of Kanab; 21 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Riley, son Clell, her two half-siblings, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Page LDS Stake Center on North Navajo. A viewing will be held Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center. Burial will be in the Blanding Utah Cemetery on Feb. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab.

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