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Margaret hays Walker lived to the age of 91. She died at home, surrounded by loving family and friends, on June 16, 2007. Visitation is scheduled for today 6-9 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home in Union. The funeral service for Margaret Walker will be held June 19, 2007 at the Union Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial at the Union Cemetery.
Margaret was born to George Frederick and Alma Pruitt Hays in Union on June 24, 1916. She graduated from Union High School in 1934 and met her future husband while at East Central Junior College the year after. Margaret married Glenn David Walker, then an assistant coach at Mississippi College, on June 7, 1941.
As the World War II mobilization began, she was devoted to her husband and began her career as a military wife. like many military wives, she managed her household and cared for her children through numerous separations and many transfers. As the wife of the commander of Soldiers, she assisted many wives and families on posts all over the world, from China to Berlin to Camp Gordon, GA.
Margaret and Glenn returned home to Union upon their retirement from the Army in 1974, culminating in command of the 1st United States Army, and from their second retirement as Adjutant General of the State of Mississippi in 1979. Margaret was married for 61 years to Glenn, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, who retired in 1974 after 34 years of service, and predeceased his wife of 61 years on May 3, 2002.
Margaret Walker served her nation with distinction as an Army Wife, volunteering with the Gray Ladies of the Red Cross and with the Army Community Service. She was a member of the 4th infantry Division Association, and was active in many community activities, including the United Methodist Women of both Union and Forest, and the Home and Garden Clubs of Union and Forest.
As the wife of a commander on overseas assignments, Margaret entertained foreign dignitaries, senior US government officials, and military officers, all while training and supervising the army staff assisting her. She visited women's groups, schools and hospitals while traveling throughout the country. in performing these duties, she was a role model for young Army wives, mentored many, and befriended all.
Margaret Walker viewed her achievements modestly and was a consummate and gracious hostess. She was a thoughtful friend and avid gardener, and she tended to both with great care and devotion. She never forgot a face or name.
Margaret and Glenn are survived by their sons, LTC (US Army, retired) Glenn David Walker Jr. and Kathy Chambliss of Jackson; Dr. Michael James Walker and Dr. Barbara Allen of Forest; and BG Keith C. Walker and Valerie Jane Walker of Oakton, VA.
Grandchildren include: Glenn David Walker III, Holt Joseph Walker, James Madison Walker, Kathleen Walker Thorne, Laura Margaret Walker, Brian Christopher Walker, Duncan Gregory Walker, Audrey Michelle Walker; and great-grandchildren Reese Walker and Campbell Walker.
Published in Clarion Ledger on June 18, 2007
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