Bernice "Memaw" Walsh, widow of Caphos Walsh, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in her son's home in Baton Rouge. She was 96 years old, born August 31, 1917, and was receiving loving care from The Hospice of Baton Rouge. She moved in with her only son and daughter-in-law soon after her husband's death over 47 years ago. Memaw became an integral part of the family and helped raise three grandchildren. She loved children and especially loved small babies. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Tharseon Sunday school class. Memaw was famous for her delicious pies. She was one of ten children of Carl and Maude Vanlandingham, both deceased, of Arkansas. She is survived by one sister, Doris King, one brother, Earl Vanlandingham, her son, James C. Walsh and daughter-in-law, Barbara Hulbert Walsh and three grandchildren: Drake Walsh and wife Katie, James "Drew" Walsh and wife Melissa of Baton Rouge and Shelley Sherk and husband Matt of Las Vegas, Nevada. Five great grandchildren, Neil Walsh, Hayden Walsh, James Joseph Walsh, Maggie Sherk, and Lisa Sherk, and first cousin, Iva Jean Grider of Baton Rouge and twenty three nieces and nephews survive her. Special thanks to Nita Vincent and Ireka Lacen of The Hospice of Baton Rouge. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday March 8th followed by her memorial service in the FUMC Chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Hospice of Baton Rouge or First United Methodist Church.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2014