Dorothy Walker

Dorothy WalkerDorothy Mae Tomlinson Walker of Rushville died Oct. 9, 2016, at her home.

She was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Rushville, a daughter of Durward Morris and Florence Ella Walker Tomlinson. She married Henry Merrick Walker.

Surviving are three children, Jeffrey Merrick Walker of Yorkville, Christopher James Walker of Boulder, Colo., and Melba Melinda Walters of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, Jessie Leroy “Orvie” of Apple Springs, Texas, Glen Eddy “Polecat” (and Gale) of Bloomington and Wayne (and Gloria) Tomlinson of Rushville; one sister, Marilyn Jane Lewis of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Morris “Tommy”, Gerald Henry Tomlinson and John Paul “JP” Tomlinson; and two sisters, Grace Marie Bayles and Anna Lee Phillips.

She graduated from Rushville High School in 1948, and attended the Galesburg campus of the University of Illinois, where many of the young World War II veterans were matriculating at that time under the new GI Bill.

In Rushville, she was a member of First United Methodist Church. During the time of her children’s schooling, she worked as assistant to the director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She also was active in the Republican Party in a Democratic climate during the 1960s.

A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at her church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with a light lunch following at the family house on East Clinton. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/19/2016


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