ROBERT LEE Louise Walker passed from this life into the heavenly arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 28, 2013, at the age of 96 years and 20 days in the Robert Lee Care Center where she resided for four years. Louise the youngest of four daughters was born in Mason County on June 8, 1917, to Dan Grote and Amanda Brockman Grote. She attended school in Mason. She moved to San Angelo around 1938, where she met and became best friends with Mary Jacobs Brod, who introduced her to her cousin, Roy Walker. Louise and Roy were married on Dec. 8, 1944. Roy was serving in the U.S. Army at the time of their marriage and was later shipped to Okinawa, Japan, with the combat engineers. He was honorably discharged in February 1946, and returned home to his wife and a baby daughter, Mary Beth. They resided for a while in Colorado City before moving to Silver in 1947, where Roy farmed until the drought of the 1950's brought him to work in the oilfields. Roy and Louise lived in Silver until 1963, when they moved to Robert Lee. Louise worked at Sun Grocery in Silver for Vaughan Davis, then at Baker's Grocery in Robert Lee, after their move to town. Louise was an excellent seamstress and sewed for the public for many years. She made her daughter's wedding dress for her marriage to Wayland Drennan in April 1966. The greatest joy in Louise's life came from becoming a grandmother and great-grandmother. She took great pride in her "kids" and always supported them in their activities and lives. And, they loved their "Gigi"! Louise was a lifelong Methodist and proud of her German ancestry. Her great-grandfather, the Rev. Charles A. Grote, was the first circuit riding Methodist minister in the Hill Country of Texas. His German Bible and songbook are owned by Mary Beth. Louise was very active in her church as long as her health permitted. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, was member a UMW, served in the kitchen and served many years as communion steward. She assisted in the communion offered to residents of R.L.C.C. during the worship services brought by her pastors, baking the bread for the service. Louise was very active in the auxiliary at R.L.C.C. Along with Pauline Vaughan, she helped establish the gift shop at the center and made many friends with the staff and residents. She also helped pass the juice cart for the residents. She is survived by her only child, Mary Beth, and her husband, Wayland Drennan of Robert Lee; and grandchildren Rick and Katie Drennan, Debra and Ernest Harne; great-grandchildren Kodi and Corbin Drennan and James and Chelsea Wyatt and Skyler Horne, all of Robert Lee. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Bobby and Joyce Walker of Robert Lee, Donald and Janis Walker of San Angelo, Curtis and Annice Walker of Robert Lee, Ronnie and Linda Walker of Rankin, Dale and Judy Walker of Big Spring, Carolyn Tindal of Big Spring, Kenneth and Emily Ashworth of Bejing, China, and Austin, Texas, R.B. Ashworth of Austin, Don and Peggy Ashworth of Georgia, Barbara Ashworth of California, also Johnny Palmer, Sharen McIver of Bay St. Louise, Miss., Brent Walker of Chicago, Ill., Marcelle and Billy Goggans of Murchison, Texas, and Brenda Vincent of Irving, Texas; and a host of great-nieces and nephews and many friends. Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Mertie and Sam Walker; three sisters, Mae, Elva and Cora; two sisters-in-laws, Winnie and Azalea; four brothers-in-law, Curtis, Baylor, Bill and Carroll; nephews Billy Lee Walker and Larry Walker, Gorman Walker, Artis Walker and S.F. Palmer; and nieces Wanda Caulder and Mary Streng. Visitation will be held all day Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the funeral home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Robert Lee Baptist Church, officiated by J.T. Tucker, Danny White and Ryan Matlock. Burial will follow in Hayrick Cemetery in Robert Lee. Pallbearers will be Dave Walker, Rex Walker, Baylor Walker, Buddy Caulder, John Jacobs and Dale Wojtek. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby, Donald, Curtis, Ronnie, Dale, Kevin and Robert Walker. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online register book at shafferpioneer.com
. Memorials may be made to the Robert Lee Volunteer Fire Department; the Hayrick Cemetery Association; First United Methodist Church of Robert Lee, the activity department of the R.L.C.C; or to
. We wish to extend a special "thank you" to the caring and compassionate staff of the R.L.C.C. and Odyssey Hospice. We had the best care possible for Louise's stay at the center and the wonderful care of the hospice team, especially Theresa, Monica and J.T. You are all very special to us. May God bless each of you.