Sharon (McGinnis) Walker, 73, of Twin Falls, died Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at home, with family. She was released from her sickly body and freed to soar into paradise with Our Lord. Sharon was born August 4, 1940, in Twin Falls, Idaho to George and Dorothy (Hollon) McGinnis, the oldest of four children. She grew up in Twin Falls and attended Washington Elementary, O'Leary Junior High, and Twin Falls High School. As a young girl, she loved the outdoors, sports, and especially loved baseball. Sharon and her soul mate, Ken, were high school sweethearts, and just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Following their marriage, they...
Sharon (McGinnis) Walker, 73, of Twin Falls, died Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at home, with family. She was released from her sickly body and freed to soar into paradise with Our Lord.
Sharon was born August 4, 1940, in Twin Falls, Idaho to George and Dorothy (Hollon) McGinnis, the oldest of four children. She grew up in Twin Falls and attended Washington Elementary, O'Leary Junior High, and Twin Falls High School. As a young girl, she loved the outdoors, sports, and especially loved baseball.
Sharon and her soul mate, Ken, were high school sweethearts, and just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Following their marriage, they traveled around the United States, settling back in Twin Falls in 1963. During their first seven years of marriage they had five children. She helped her husband in his businesses, primarily in the telecommunications industry, as a jack-of-all-trade.
Sharon found joy in sharing with others her love of Christ, her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her faith. Due to this, others sought her out with questions and interest regarding Catholicism. She loved her community at St. Edward's Catholic Church, and was instrumental in re-opening St. Edward's Catholic School. She was involved in numerous ministries, including: RCIA, Cursillo, ICCW, Eucharistic Minister, Lector and spent hours in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, praying, praying, praying…
Sharon treasured her family and friends, and loved family get-togethers. She was a great cook, preparing from scratch. She will always be remembered for her pies, cookies, candies, and cinnamon rolls. She had many creative and artistic talents, and blessed others over the years with the love she created with her hands, including painting, decorating, sewing, gardening, canning, baking, and of course – cooking.
Sharon loved to travel nationally and internationally with her family and friends. She organized multiple pilgrimage trips to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. She traveled to most of the European countries, all of Northern America, and South America, the Caribbean Islands, and Japan. Her last international trip was to Ireland in 2011.
She loved supporting her grandchildren in whatever event they were involved in, big or small. And spoiling them incredibly!
She loved organizing her class reunions, for the Class of 1958. She was the reunion chairman for many years, and cherished her connections with her classmates and their spouses.
She was very involved in her community. She coached baseball and basketball teams, and was the Bruin Booster President, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President, Toastmistress, and active in Jaycee's. She was instrumental in helping the refugees that were brought to Twin Falls by the CSI refugee program.
She left an unforgettable footprint in people's lives. She knew no strangers. People loved to talk with her, and she loved sharing with them. When she spoke to you, you felt that you were the most important person in the world. She always made people feel as if Christ himself had just spent time with them.
"And her Children arise up and call her blessed". Proverbs 31:28
She is preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and George McGinnis, her in-laws Lucille and Lavelle Walker, her sister Gloria Short, two grandsons, Lavelle Alexander Walker and William Lavelle Walker, and her niece, Penny Lynn McGinnis.
She is survived by her husband, Ken Walker, her siblings, Judy (Frank) Rienstra, George (Lea) McGinnis Jr., brother-in-laws Bob Short and Larry Walker. Her five children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchild – Wendy (David) DeHaas, Amanda, Larissa, and Michael DeHaas. Tammy Walker (Ron Folkinga), Johan and Bo Folkinga. Heidi (Brad) Diehl, Steven (Kristin), Desirae, and Amber Diehl. Skip (Hillari) Walker, Whitney (Brock) Dayley, great grandson Jaeden Jon, and Heavenlee Walker. Bill Walker (Carolyn Manwaring) Caitlin, Emily, Margaret Walker, and Molly, Natalie Walker-Mallas.
The viewing and rosary will be on Wednesday evening, June 4, at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Avenue East in Twin Falls. The viewing will start at 5:30 pm. Rosary at 6:30 pm.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Thursday, June 5, at St. Edwards the Confessor Catholic Church, 161 6th Avenue East in Twin Falls. A luncheon follows at the parish hall, with the burial at Sunset Memorial Park to be completed after the luncheon.
Donations can be made in Sharon's name to the Angel Fund Program at St. Edwards Catholic School, which is dear to Sharon's heart or a charity of your choice. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, ID 83303.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com