Cecilia Walters, nee Shockley, born May 15, 1950, in Baton Rouge, La., passed away May 3, 2016, at Memorial Hospital East in O'Fallon, Ill., surrounded by family and friends after a lengthy illness.
Cecilia was a retired manager at the GAP and a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and supporting her children's activities. She also served her country as a dedicated military wife supporting her husband's career and the men and women of the United States Air Force.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Thomas and Willie Belle, nee Austin, Shockley of Germantown, Tenn.
Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Col. Thomas Walters (USAF, retired); a daughter, Samantha Dianne (Joseph) Palmieri of Alexandria, Va.; a son, Blake Austin (Erin) Walters of Longmont, Colo.; a deeply loved grandson, Benjamin Thomas Palmieri of Alexandria, Va.; and a sister, Dianne Shockley (Myron) Mall of Memphis, Tenn.
The family would like to express its thanks and appreciation to her physicians and nursing staff at Washington University, the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial Hospital East, and the BJC Healthcare family for the care and compassion given to Cecilia and her family during the past 38 months.
Memorials can be made to the St Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) at www.sloca.org/support-us/donate/ or to a
. Condolences may be extended to the family online at Schildknechtfh.com.
Services: A private visitation will be held at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O'Fallon, Ill. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.
SCHILDKNECHT FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 5, 2016