Barbara Lou Walter, 87, of Covington, Ind., died Thursday Aug. 10, 2017, after a short illness.
She was born in Danville, Ill., on Feb. 16, 1930, to Alberta Thayer Martin and Paul Hanley Martin. She graduated from Danville High School in 1947. After high school, she worked at the Flamingo Hair Pin factory putting hair pins on cards by hand.
Barbara met her husband, Coy Dean Walter, at Pop's skating rink. They were married Sept. 12, 1948, in Danville.
Barbara worked at the Mid-town Dry Cleaning and Teepak while she and Coy had their family. In 1960, they moved to their home on Route 1, Covington, Ind., with their three sons. She was a homemaker and returned to Teepak in 1968 until her retirement in 1994.
Barbara was a wonderful cook. Her family loved her homemade noodles, pies, cinnamon rolls and yeast rolls. She always had a delicious meal on the table. She enjoyed making maple candy in the sugar camp with the whole family present. Barbara attended Wabash Chapel south of Covington and enjoyed her friends of the Ladies Aid Club and Home Economics Club.
Barbara is survived by her three sons, Mark Allen (Kathleen) of Lake Charles, La., Paul Dean (Sheila) of Indianapolis, and Glen James Walter of Attica, Ind.; her grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Walter of Iowa, La., Stephanie Ann (Kevin) Hicks of Exton, Pa., and Mark Ryan Walter of Baton Rouge, La.; and her great-grandson, Landon John Hicks of Exton, Pa.; her sister-in-law, Donna Martin of Covington; brother-in-law, Marvin Ferguson of Brownsburg, Ind.; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Anna Marie and William (Smokey) Loschen of Fithian, Ill. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by those who knew and loved her.
She was predeceased by her parents, Alberta and Paul Martin; her husband, Coy; her brother Paul Samuel Martin; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Bonnie Walter; her sister-in-law, Betty Walter Ferguson; and her son, John Martin Walter.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wabash Chapel Church, Covington, IN 47932 or the charity of one's choice.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon EDT Monday, Aug. 14, at Shelby Funeral Home, Covington. Service: noon EDT Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Daneen Rodriquez officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Covington. Condolences to the family: www.shelbyfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 11, 2017