Dorothy Jean Walker, 87, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016. There will be a memorial service at Elmwood Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 4:00pm.
Jean was born on January 3, 1929 in Idalou, Texas. Her father was a dedicated Church of Christ minister and her indomitable faith was instilled at a very early age. She dedicated herself to the work of the Lord all of her life. She was born during the depression and supported her entire family, even as a teenager, while her father preached around the county at small churches. She continued to support her parents for the rest of their lives. On May 30, 1956, she married the love of her life, Robert Wayne Walker and they were married for 58 years before he went to meet his Lord on October 28th, 2014.
Jean and her family lived in Wiesbaden Germany for four years from 1969 to 1973 and she took every opportunity to travel the world while her husband was stationed there. Her children also had the wonderful experience of traveling extensively and consider the time spent in Germany to be some of the most rewarding years of their lives. In fact, she and her daughters just returned from a trip back to Germany after 43 years in September 2016 and, yes, they still had trouble keeping up with her.
Jean sold real estate in Abilene, Texas for over 40 years, first with Senter Realtors and then with Remax of Abilene. Even at 87 years old, she was still actively buying, selling and remodeling real estate with passion and finesse right up to the day she left this earth in “mid-stride” (as we always knew she would). Many customers became life-long friends because she genuinely cared about people and strived to help all those she could. She attended Southern Hills Church of Christ, Grape Street Church of Christ and, most recently, Baker Heights Church of Christ.
Jean touched uncountable lives during her time on earth with her compassion, loyalty, sense of humor, unstoppable optimism, and inexhaustible energy. She always had a laugh on her lips and a twinkle in her eye. She was simply the most amazing person her family, and many others, have ever known.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Lynn Hall and her husband, David Hall; her daughter Elizabeth Ann Southerland and her husband, Robert Southerland and her son David Wayne Walker. She had six grandchildren; Sophia Allamly, Chris Putnam, Jason Stokes, Aimee Hall, David Walker and Daniel Southerland and six great grandchildren: Joshua, Gabriel and Christian Stokes, Leighton and Paige Putnam and Nathaniel Hall.
She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Kilbourne Walker in 1980 and her husband, Robert Wayne Walker in 2014.
Goodbye dear, sweet Mom. We love you with all of our hearts! We will never be the same until we see you again in Heaven. Until then, we will shed many Heavenly Angel Tears.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Proverbs 31:28-29
You were a lovely woman, I will miss you...
Russell CanneyAbilene, TX
My Friend Jean,
I am sitting here thinking of Jean and I can see her perfectly saying "Good Grief" :) She said it so often that I started saying it and sometimes still do. I don't feel the need to tell you how wonderful she was because everyone knows she was. I will tell you one story about her that I will ever forget and it always put big smile on my face.
My husband and I met Jean at RE/MAX. She was out Realtor. It was the first day we met her. We got in her car and were driving down Rebecca Lane. It was raining and we were just starting to look at houses. Right before we got the red light the front of her car fell down. Ended it up that the drain grill had slid over and we ended up in it. All the military guys that were in cars around us and my husband picked the car up and pushed it back. Then put the grate back. We were able to go look and buy a great home. That was the first time I heard her say "Good Grief" Big Smile.
Goodbye my great friend!
Tami ThompsonFort Walton Beach, FL
I worked with Jean at ReMax and what an experience. Knew her for a long time and she will be missed. Blessing to the family, she was so proud of each of you.
Betty McFaddenAbilene, TX
Jean always had such a beautiful smile and gentle countenance about her. She will be missed by many. Sending my sympathies to the family in this time of loss. Romona Brogan, REMAX of Abilene
Romona BroganAbilene, TX
We will so miss Jean, our lifelong realtor and friend! She had become so special in our lives that our son grew-up knowing her as Aunt Jean! We have bought and sold a lot of real estate through the years and Jean was always ready to go - so many funny experiences - but she was also very serious about educating us on negotiating, etc. Those of us who knew her through the years, know she lived each day in faith in God and loving her family and friends. Thank you, Jean, we will miss you!
Dale and Linda EavesAbilene, TX
I just wante to say how very sorry I am to read of your mothers passing, I did not her, but I grew up in Abilene, and I receive obit notices and your mother seem ed to be loved so much; I have lots of family in Abilene so it like home to me when \ such a warm and talented person is called home. God bless her always and all of her family.
Robert CochranLosAngeles, CA