Barbara Walters

Barbara WaltersBarbara E. Walters, 89, of Macomb, formerly of Astoria, died at 5:35 p.m. July 18, 2015, at Bickford Cottage in Macomb.

She was born Jan. 16, 1926, in Pleasant Township, Fulton County, a daughter of Arthur Theodore and Frances Elizabeth Groff Wickert. She married Robert L. Parry on Jan. 17, 1942, in Missouri. He preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 1968. She then married Robert W. Walters on May 5, 1969, in Ipava. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2003.

She also was preceded in death by one step-grandson, Erik Bucher; two brothers, Philip and Don Wickert; and one sister, Kathleen Haacke.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda (and Gail Scott) Shaw of Macomb; two sons, Danny (and Lisa) Parry and Jimmy Parry, both of Ipava; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She worked at Astoria Fibra Steel Plant for several years. She was co-owner of Bob’s Dairy Dipper in Astoria.

She was a charter member of Berean Christian Church in Ipava. She also attended Woodland Church of the Brethren, Ipava Christian Church and Astoria Christian Church and was currently a member of Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb. She was a member of the Ipava and Astoria American Legion Auxiliary since the 1940s. She was a founder of the Bernadotte Public Park, a founding member of the Rushville Rushettes Women’s Fast Pitch Softball team, a member of the American Arts Association, Rushville Golf League, Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Golf Club, Lakeland City Country Club in Lakeland, Fla., Western Illinois Tuesday Morning League, Pythian Sisters Lodge, charter member of the Astoria Saddle Club, World Vision of India and AARP.

She donated to the Lewistown Fulton County Museum 24 antique pieces of the Bob Walters family. She did paintings of Christ for 10 community churches. She was an amateur artist and won awards, including past Grand Champion of the Fulton County Art Show.

Services were held Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Doug Krukewitt officiating. Burial was in Ipava Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or the Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/22/2015

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