Evelyn M. Walker, age 89, of Mt. Carmel, IL, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Oakview Heights in Mt. Carmel.
Evelyn was born December 5, 1921 in Gilbert, Arkansas to Opal Jean Prier and Winfred A. Leek.
She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 16 in June of 1937 while attending Adams Corner Church. She became a member of the Allendale Christian Church, and was later formally baptized at New Harmony Christian Church on May 31st, 1998, and was worshipping with the Community Church of God, Mt. Carmel before her passing.
She married Virgil Cyril Walker on May 31, 1941 in Springfield, MO. He preceded her in death on December 2, 1978. Evelyn retired in June 1994 from Florida Southern College where she served as the house mother for Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity. She then returned to Mt. Carmel and worked with Addus Healthcare until 2005. Evelyn loved her family and her grandchildren were her life.
Evelyn M. Walker is survived by 5 daughters: Sharon (Ed) Schafer of Branson, MO, Judy (Dan) Hunt of Mt. Carmel, IL, Linda (Dale) Bates of Mt. Carmel, IL, Debbe (Greg) Smith of Mt. Carmel, IL and Brenda (Harry) Hottel of New Harmony, IN. 4 sons: Richard (Debby) of St. Francisville, IL, Jim (Phyllis) of Marshall, IL, Randy (Gloria) of Allendale, IL and Greg (Melody) of Mt. Carmel, IL., She is also survived by 22 Grandchildren: Sheila Walker, Todd (Melinda) Walker, Derek Walker, Tammy (Dan) Bracker, Lesia (John) Carr, Teresa (Luke) Colbert, Mindy (Cory Price) Biehl, Doug (Jackie) Walker, Sherri (Chris ) Reichardt, Chuck (Darra) Walker, Steve Walker, Elizabeth (Clay) Bethard, Daniel (Jean) Walker, Jason Walker, Sarah Walker, Ryan (Emily) Smith, Casey Smith, Clint (Amanda) Smith, Brandy (Mark) Schelhorn, Eren (Ben) Hottel, Austin (Samantha) Walker and Clay Walker. Also 37 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Granchildren, one brother: LaVaun (Toncy) Leek of Mt. Carmel, IL, and two sisters: Velma Guthrie of Columbus, IN and Rita Byers of Evansville, IN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, parents, one brother: Kenneth Leek and two sisters: Emma Jean Baker-Davis and Marjorie Hershey.
Funeral services for Evelyn M. Walker will be held Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 3 PM, at the Community Church of God in Mt. Carmel, IL. Burial to follow at Allendale Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 PM to service time at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ingramfh.net
Ingram Funeral Home, Allendale, IL entrusted with arrangements.