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Mary E. Walker

June 6, 1937 - August 11, 2014
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Mary E. Smith (Stephens) was born in Palestine Texas, 77 years ago. Nathaniel Smith and Vera Smith raised Mary in Deming New Mexico. She began her early education in Deming, and then later moved to Palm Springs CA. Mary married Herman Walker Jr. in 1958 and began her life as a military wife with Herman in Banning, CA. Mary had 6 children; Jimmie, Cynthia, Kenneth, Elaine, Robert and Jennifer. Mary completed high school and then later earned her degree from Mt. San Jacinto Community College to become a pre-school teacher. Mary and Herman moved their family to Oceanside CA in 1973. She owned and operated a licensed childcare center...
Mary E. Smith (Stephens) was born in Palestine Texas, 77 years ago. Nathaniel Smith and Vera Smith raised Mary in Deming New Mexico. She began her early education in Deming, and then later moved to Palm Springs CA.

Mary married Herman Walker Jr. in 1958 and began her life as a military wife with Herman in Banning, CA. Mary had 6 children; Jimmie, Cynthia, Kenneth, Elaine, Robert and Jennifer.

Mary completed high school and then later earned her degree from Mt. San Jacinto Community College to become a pre-school teacher.

Mary and Herman moved their family to Oceanside CA in 1973. She owned and operated a licensed childcare center for 15 years, during which she forged relationships that have continued until her passing.

Mary was an active member at St. John MBC for over 40 years. She faithfully served as a Sunday school teacher, as a choir member, in the Women's Mission Union and on the prayer team. She was a Deacon's wife and a Mother of St. John.

Mary was an active member of the St. Mary's Chapter #105, Order of the Eastern Stars. This organization is responsible for debutante and beautilion events that focus on giving young people the tools for success.

Mary was a poll worker, volunteered at local schools, assisted with food drives, in feeding the homeless, City of Oceanside elections, and supporting other civic minded activities. She was also a member of the Women's Club and the Friendly Seniors.

Mary reached out to young military couples and to singles that were stationed at Camp Pendleton. She often invited them to her home and became their family away from home.
She was known to bring soup to the sick, meals to those who were hungry, mothered those who needed mothering, visited the shut in, called the lonely, encouraged the down trodden and prayed fervently for others.

Mary enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening, cooking, sewing, quilting, canning, traveling, and reading, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 57 years, Herman Walker Jr., three sons, three daughters, daughters and son in-laws, 9 brothers and sisters (out of 15), 15 grand-children, 7 great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, family and other loved ones.

Mary chose Psalm 34:1 as her life verse, which reads: I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.


Arrangements are under the direction of Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary, and Crematory, Oceanside, California.

"Mommy Walker as I called her was a beautiful person inside and out. Every time I was In her presence, she radiated sunshine and love towards everyone in her..." Rose Martin (Stittsville, ON)

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