Sandy Walker passed away peacefully on March 21, 2012, while on vacation in Scottsdale, Ariz. Born on July 24, 1939, in Kalispell, she grew up in Bigfork with her parents, sister and two brothers, graduating from Bigfork High School. She received her B.A. degree from Montana State University in Bozeman in 1961, where she met her husband of 51 years – Larry Walker.
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After Larry's military service in El Paso, Texas, she and Larry moved to Seattle in 1965 where they raised their two children, Jeff and Muffy. There Sandy was active in the community including teaching bread baking and volunteering at the local food bank. She was a member of the Women's University Club for many years, participating in their painting classes and art shows. More recently, she and Larry have made their home on Shaw Island, Wash. There she served on the boards for the Shaw Island Library and Historical Society and Shaw Island, Inc.
Always a creative spirit – Sandy excelled in calligraphy and watercolor painting. She enjoyed sewing, skiing, traveling, and attending the Seattle Repertory Theatre with Muffy. Most importantly, she enjoyed sharing her cooking and baking prowess by entertaining friends and family in their various homes. Over the years she created many special paintings and calligraphy works for family and friends now displayed in their homes. Everyone always anticipated receiving her annual Christmas card; it was always unique and conveyed the Christmas spirit.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Marge and Dave Bolstad; and her sister, Sue Bolstad. She is survived by her husband, Larry; son, Jeff (Kimb); daughter, Muffy; grandsons, Chase and Siever; and brothers, Bill and Kent (Mae). Memorials in her name can be made to the Shaw Island Library and Historical Society, P.O. Box 844, Shaw Island, WA 98286, or First Place, P.O. Box 22536, Seattle, WA 98122, or
in her name. Celebrations of her life will be held in Seattle at the Women's University Club, 1105 6th Ave., at 2 p.m. May 17, 2012, and Bethany Lutheran Church, Bigfork, at 11 a.m. July 28, 2012.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2012