Mildred Elizabeth Karnes Walton, 85, of Bedford, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Born May 24, 1927 in Bedford County; she was a daughter of the late Fonie Owen Karnes and Rebecca St. Clair Karnes, and the widow of Warren Garland Walton. Mildred was a member of St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church. She worked as a laboratory technician with Dupont Chemical for 40 years. She loved to garden and was a devoted volunteer with the Womenâ€™s Auxiliary of Bedford Memorial Hospital. Mildred is survived by her sister-in-law, Pamela S. Gillette, and husband, Donald M., of Roanoke; a nephew, Brian M. Karnes; three nieces, Kellie K. Moon, Angela K. Krantz and Susan K. Tate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bedford Life Saving Crew, PO Box 161, Bedford, VA 24523 or to St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church, 314 North Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Greenwood Cemetery with The Rev. F. Wilson Brown and Dr. Donald M. Gillette officiating. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com
. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 540-586-3443.