Sara Walker

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Sara Rose Walker
July 29, 1913 - December 15, 2015
Sara was born July 29, 1913 in Soquel, Calif. (near Santa Cruz) to Italian immigrants, John Franco and Lucia Fassio Franco. She had three older siblings. She was raised in Soquel, and Castroville, CA. the Artichoke Capitol of the World. She graduated from Castroville grammar school and attended high school at a Catholic Girls Boarding School in Watsonville, CA.
While waiting tables at her mother's Jack and Jill Café in the Franco Hotel in Castroville she met her future husband, Raymond "Bus" Walker. They were married January 14, 1934 and moved to Brentwood, CA. where "Bus" had a job as a book keeper for H.P. Garin Co. They lived there until 1990 when they moved to Caldwell, ID. to be near family.
Sara and "Bus" had a daughter, Sandra, and 16 years later welcomed a second daughter Debbie. Sara was a Civilian Plane Spotter during World War II. She was assistant leader for Brentwood's first Girl Scout troop. After moving to Caldwell she enjoyed being a volunteer at West Valley Medical Center.
In 2010, after recovering from a broken hip, she moved into independent living at Karcher Estates. She thrived there making friends with the residents and staff. She enjoyed going on their planned trips, out to eat, scenic bus rides, and especially playing rumicube. She liked to win.
September 9th, she suffered a stroke and a heart attack and she spent the rest of her life in Assisted Living at Karcher Estates. She passed away December 15th.
Sara loved gardening, flower arranging, decorating her home and was a gracious hostess. She was a wonderful cook, loved to bake and was dubbed the Dessert Queen by her family. Many of her recipes are cherished family treasures.
She loved her family and was always interested in "the latest news" pertaining to us all. At 102 she still enjoyed playing games at family gatherings. She was fun-loving, funny, artistic, out spoken, and truly an amazing woman.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra McHugh, her "buddy" and son in law Chuck, of Caldwell, daughter Debbie Walker of Whidbey Is. WA, three grandchildren, Dr. Anne Blackhurst and husband Dr. Joe Walsh of Moorhead MN, Jeannee Diaz and husband Eric Forte of Santa Barbara CA, Michael McHugh and wife Nancy of Nampa, Six great grandchildren, Evan Blackhurst (Paige) of Tulsa, Ok. Noah Diaz of Chicago, Sebastian Diaz (Anili) of Chicago II., Sawyer Diaz of Santa Barbara, Harvey McHugh of Las Vegas NV and Kaitlin McHugh of Nampa; Great, great granddaughter Stella Diaz of Chicago IL and two great nephews Greg and Roger Shields of San Francisco Bay area.
The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Bressler for his care and kindness to Sara; Journey's Hospice, and the wonderful and caring staff at Karcher Estates. A very heartfelt thank you to the caregivers at Assisted Living who cared for Sara these last three months.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Caldwell, ID. at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, December 22nd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Hospital, Memphis TN, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, c/o of Our Lady of the Valley Church or .
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 19, 2015