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Obituary: WALKER, MARY

Published: Saturday, Dec. 20 2014 9:07 a.m. MST

Mary Louise Richardson Walker 1927 ~ 2011

"Nan," a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, caregiver and friend, passed away surrounded by her family on February 27, 2011. She was born on April 17, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of five children and the only daughter of Nora and Acel Richardson. She attended the University of Utah where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. In 1946, she married the love of her life, Elliot Smith Walker, in the Salt Lake Temple and had five children, whom she cherished. Soon after the marriage, her husband was afflicted with polio and Mary Lou became the main breadwinner for the family, earning her undergraduate degree in English and her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah, followed by her Doctorate Degree in Education Administration from Brigham Young University. She broke ground as one of the first female administrators in Salt Lake City's Granite School District, where she later retired as a principal after 38 years of service. She was an active and exemplary member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life, and served in many callings and positions in her ward and stake. Her profound dedication to her faith and strong love of life and family kept her going when her husband passed away in 1985. Mary Lou counted among the highlights of her life the LDS Mission she served in Mauritius and England. She also took great pride in her volunteer work at the Salt Lake LDS Temple, the Joseph Smith Building, the Utah State Capitol and with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers organization. She is survived by her five children - Richard (KC), Russell (Denise), Virginia (Patrick Froehling), Clark (Laura), and Mary Jane (Douglas Quayle), as well as 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly. Mary Lou's family expresses heartfelt appreciation for the love, dedication and caring service Hannah Davidson and many friends have provided over the past months as Mary Lou experienced declining health. Her family and friends will remember her exceptional faith in God, love, strength, intelligence, perseverance, humor, compassion, kindness and dignity. Funeral services will be held at the University Ward, 160 South University St., on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Friends and loved ones may visit Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, on Friday, March 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or at the ward between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will take place at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Perpetual Educational Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.LDS.org. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.larkincares.com.