Graveside services for Virginia Lois Walker, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Walker passed away at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at her home.
Virginia was born November 13, 1932 at West Plains, Missouri to Alvin C. and Thana M. Breeding Mahan. She attended West Plains schools before moving to Gainesville, Missouri where she graduated from Gainesville High School with the Class of 1950. Virginia attended Draughn’s Business School in Springfield, Missouri and eventually moved to Wichita, Kansas to work. She and several girlfriends worked at an airplane factory and lived with a relative during those years. On February 11, 1952, she married Joseph Sidney “Sid” Walker, who preceded her in death on September 14, 1988. They lived in Portsmouth, Virginia for a short time while her husband was in the Navy. After their daughter was born, they moved back to Missouri and lived in Gainesville before settling in West Plains. Mrs. Walker worked with several companies and banks before joining the Missouri Department of Social Services as a Secretary. She worked at the Howell County Division of Family Services for 30 years before retiring in 2003. She enjoyed her retirement years with family and friends, gardening, being involved with her church and volunteer activities, researching history for her family genealogy projects and spending time with her daughter. Virginia was also an animal lover and loved her toy poodle, Katy and her rescued cats.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Jo Walker Kirksey, Cotter, Arkansas and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her husband and parents preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Monday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of West Plains, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Heaven’s Creatures Thrift Store, Sims Cemetery, Gainesville, Missouri or any charity of choice and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.