Sharrell Esther MacDougall Walker, 69
Sharrell Esther MacDougall Walker passed from this life on June 13, 2012, at home. Her life was taken as a result of a brain tumor. She was lovingly cared for by her husband, Marion, and many of her family members. It was an honor to serve the wife, mother, and mother-in-law who has cared for us over many years.
Sherry was born in 1943 in Gloversville, New York, to Joseph Edward MacDougall and Esther Doris Fox. She grew up in upstate New York. She was a particular favorite of her grandmother, Amy Washburn Fox Abel. She had a desire to understand her purpose on this earth and enjoyed occasions when she could attend church with her grandmother.
She met missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while she was attending Keuka College in the Finger Lakes area of New York. She embraced that gospel wholeheartedly and was baptized in 1961. She traveled to Palmyra on weekends to attend church services. She enjoyed participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant. It was through the senior missionaries serving at the Joseph Smith home, Lorenzo and Sarah Walker, that she met her future husband, Marion Philo Walker, on his return from missionary service to the Southern States mission.
Sherry moved “out west” and worked at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the radiology department. Marion attended Brigham Young University in Provo, and they continued their courtship. They were married and sealed in 1963 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
When Marion completed his university studies, they moved to Blackfoot in 1965, where Marion had a position teaching school in the Blackfoot School district. Sharrell has been devoted to her family and to her Savior. She has served in many church positions and has supported Marion in his many varied responsibilities. She enjoyed knitting, cross-stitch and sewing, and has blessed many with gifts from her talents. Each grandchild was welcomed to mortality with a knitted blanket, a “zebra” blanket and book, and a cross-stitched “I Am a Child of God” sampler.
Marion and Sharrell are the loving parents of 10 children: Sarah (Dean) Barney, John (Noke ) Walker, Reid (Marsi Shoemaker) Walker, Alison (Kirk) Wuthrich, Janelle (Shawn) Seedall, Jared (Stacy Allen) Walker, Elizabeth (Ryan) Gasser, Kaelyn (Matthew) Hales, Neil (Becky Wells) Walker, and Loren Walker. Their lives have been blessed by 30 grandchildren, who love and adore them. An additional grandson will join the family in October.
Sharrell was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Edward MacDougall and Esther Doris Fox (born Doris Ann Smith), and by Marion’s parents, Lorenzo Steed Walker and Sarah Green.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home. A private family service will be conducted at a later date. Burial will be at the Grove City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Temple Patron Fund, the Perpetual Education Fund, the Humanitarian Fund, or a charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: email@example.com.