OBITUARY

Dorothy Mae Walkup

9 May, 192816 May, 2021

The Woodlands, TX- Our Beloved Mother and Grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Mae Pfanensmith Walkup, RN, BSN, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, 16 May, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas. Mrs. Walkup had just joyfully celebrated her 93rd birthday on Mothers Day, how appropriate for a life so well lived... a Mother most deserving. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Dorothy was the middle daughter of three girls, Barbara, the oldest and Lucille the youngest. Their childhood was filled with sunny days at the shore, having lobstaahhh dinners (10cents a pound), singing acapella, playing the piano, singing barbershop quartet, and always putting God, Catholic Mass, and studies first. Their home was filled with laughing cousins, aunts, and uncles, all running around the front yard enjoying simple family times. Dorothy's greatest joy was going flounder fishing with her very best friend... her father, William P. Pfanensmith. They would leave at 4 a.m., venturing out into the cold dark waters of Long Island Sound and would return with the freshest, sweetest flounder you can imagine. Dorothy, as did the other sisters, went out of their way to always obey, please, and honor their parents at all times... or else! At the age of 18 years old Dorothy Mae got on a train, by herself, in New Haven, CT with 1 suitcase and $25.00. Her destination? Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York. Successfully graduating with her RN degree, she was hired as the school nurse for Annhurst College, an all girls Catholic school in Woodstock, CT. In turn for her duties as college nurse she was offered free tuition to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was both faculty and a student and she thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of both positions. After graduating with honors, medical school called... however the Air Force called out louder. Dorothy joined the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant and the world opened up from there! For Dorothy's first assignment, she was honored to be selected as one of the first nurses to open the 1st Air Force Base Hospital in Spain. Dorothy took many flights in B17s transporting seriously ill patients, caring for leprosy, polio, and tuberculous patients. While off duty she was able to travel and explore wonderous and magical places... Germany, Spain, Italy, Casablanca, just to name a few. Dorothy, an extremely eligible cutie, with a fierce quick wit and ready smile, was pursued by many a uniformed officer, in all the branches... but only 1 stole her heart, Lt. Ernest E. Walkup. He accidentally barged in, without knocking, while Dorothy was performing an exam on a patient. A severe rebuke was delivered, loudly and strongly!! The rebuke shocked Lt. Walkup, he very quickly apologized and shut the door. However, no rebuke ever stopped the very handsome Lt. Ernest E. Walkup... he returned shortly with a large bouquet of flowers, chocolates, and a request for a dinner date. Well played Sir! They were married in 1959 in Niantic, CT and began a wonderful 30 year life in the Air Force. Dorothy resigned as a Captain and began focusing on her growing family. The Walkup family was transferred every 4 years, enjoying great assignments in New York, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Taiwan. Weekends at the Walkup household always consisted of theme parties where Dorothy made everything from scratch... paella night, fondue night, Italian night, eight course formal Chinese meals, again, all from scratch! Weekends were filled with music, dancing, laughing pilots, priests, nuns, and 4 star generals... all enjoying great meals, better cocktails and joyous times. Dorothy and Ernest were consummate entertainers and hosts... everyone left laughing in the wee small hours of the morning. The Walkup clan had now rapidly grown to six children: Karen Yvonne, Ernest Eugene, Nancy Barbara, William Peter, Susan Joanne, and David Christopher. Upon the last child's graduation, Dorothy returned to nursing and completed her last shift at the mere age of 87 years young. Dorothy was able to attend her 47th Annhurst College reunion in 2019... and no she was not the oldest alumni! Dorothy still maintained a valid Nursing license until her passing. A 67 year professional career by a highly devoted, skilled, caring, and oh so wise nurse. Dorothy was blessed with six loving grandchildren, Madison Adele Ross, Josh and Jacob Range, William, Drexel, and Conrad Walkup. Her eyes would beam and her face would light up anytime the grandchildren were present. They stuck to her like glue. She was also blessed with very attentive and loving sons in laws: John Girndt, Tyler Ross, Anthony T Ferrara and a very special daughter in law, Claudia Walkup. While we will ALL most certainly mourn this great loss, we more importantly will focus on the fact that we were honored, blessed, and remarkably fortunate to have been gifted from God this remarkable human, this remarkable mother, and loving grandmother. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 11:00am in Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 22 Haigh Ave, Niantic. A burial with Military Honors will follow in East Lyme Cemetery, Boston Post Rd., East Lyme. A Rosary Service will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 4:00pm with calling hours to follow until 7:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. Please visit www.fultontherouxniantic.com for directions.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, 2 June , 2021

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David Walkup

28 July 2021

We give warm, heartfelt thanks to all who participated and attended mom's services, sent the beautiful flowers and shared thoughtful messages. We give special thanks to Fr. Troy Gately, Fr. Lawrence Jozwiak and Fr. Gregory Mullaney for their reverent, holy and dedicated service in celebrating mom's Catholic ceremonies. I know mom was proud of her celebrations and appreciative of all who contributed.

Eternal rest grant unto Dorothy, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Louise Job

24 July 2021

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Walkup when she visited our home in Colorado with David many years ago. I found her to be a gentle loving person, very easy to talk to who had a great love for her family. I'm grateful that David brought her for a visit. Thank you. Louise Job

KAREN YVONNE WALKUP

30 June 2021

Dearest Mother
Since my 1 st breath, until your last breath.... both of us have always said to each other......
"You & Me Kidd"
There is a star named, for my Mother....."You & Me Kidd" I pray to it each night⭐⭐⭐
I miss you every second of every day.... you were the consummate Mother, fun best pal, great travel companion, elegant, well dressed lady at all times
and the light of my life 4EVER💜💜💜
I Thank GOD✝️✝️✝️ for YOU
Dorothy Mae Pfanensmith Walkup🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

From MeLinda

25 May 2021

Forever in our hearts 💕

From MeLinda

25 May 2021

Proud Mom and Grandma for sure!

From MeLinda

25 May 2021

We salute you! 🙏

From MeLinda

25 May 2021

Beautiful flowers.

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25 May 2021

Service pic

From MeLinda

25 May 2021

What a beautiful service just like Mrs. Walkup!

From MeLinda

25 May 2021

Never missed a party! 🥳🍹🎂

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