Walker, Betty Jean (nee Stewart)
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81, passed from this life on January 2nd, 2013, to join her husband Paul Junior Walker in the eternities. Betty Jean was the 10th of 12 children born to Cyrus and Mary (Bessie) Stewart on January 29th, 1931 in Milburn, Utah. She spent her childhood in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Her early life was poor in material things, but rich in love and family. She had many fun stories from her time in Mt. Pleasant that she loved to share. After graduating from Sanpete High School in 1949, she went to Tooele, Utah to work at the Tooele Army Depot. There she was spotted by Paul Walker an officer in the Army. It was love at first sight for him; she however, made him earn his way into her heart. Once he had her love, he had it for forever. They married in 1954 and moved to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. There they raised four children. She worked as a behavior health nurse at the Arizona State Hospital for 25 years. After Betty and Paul retired, they moved to Show Low, Arizona to enjoy the simple life in the pines. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a great example of Christ leading a selfless, always giving life. She is survived by her son Jerry (Corrine) Walker, Queen Creek, Arizona; daughter Patsy Barlow, Peoria, Arizona; daughter Laura (John) Penland, Apache Junction, Arizona and lots of grandchildren and great-grand children that she adored. She is preceded in death by all of her siblings, her son Paul Edward Walker, her son-in-law Kenneth Barlow and her loving eternal companion Paul Junior Walker. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 34 Cinder Dr. in Concho, Arizona at noon. A graveside dedication will follow at the Show Low Cemetery 180 N. 9th St. Show Low, AZ. Instead of flowers, Betty Jean would want a donation or a gift of service to be done for someone in need.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 5, 2013