OBITUARY

Gilda Jean Allen Walden

November 7, 1946April 16, 2021
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Gilda Jean Allen Walden, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving husband and children on Friday, April 16th at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS after a long and hard fight with cancer. Gilda was born on November 7, 1946 in Michie, TN. She graduated high school from Michie High School in Tennessee. After graduating high school, Gilda attended Northeast Mississippi Community college and then went on to attend The University of Mississippi where she earned a degree in Education in 1970. After college, she worked as a bank teller at People’s Bank, and later she taught mathematics for several years at Booneville Vocational School. Later down the road, Gilda decided she was needed to help run the family business that had been in the Walden family since 1953. She became a co-owner of Walden’s Supermarket. In 1998, Gilda established and transformed the deli/bakery area of the grocery store into a wonderful addition. Gilda was very well known in the Booneville community for her delicious donuts and cakes.

Wilbert and Gilda were married for 52 wonderful years and during this time, they had three children: Cherie Jamieson, Bradley Walden, and Blakely Walden. All of the children were raised in Booneville, and Gilda’s ultimate goal in life was loving and supporting her children any way she could.

Gilda was a member of First Baptist Church of Booneville. She often times kept the church nursery. She was known for her love for children. Her grandchildren and many other family friends’ children called her “Mama G.” Gilda was a member of the Junior Woman’s Club, and she served as a Girl Scout leader for many years. Gilda’s hobbies included cooking, traveling extensively, shopping, smocking, cross- stitching, attending Ole Miss football games, watching her “pet” deer graze in the back yard, and spending lots of time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Walden of Booneville, MS; one daughter Cherie Jamieson of Southaven, MS; two sons, Bradley (Sheila) Walden of Booneville, MS; Blakely Walden (Taylor) of Madison, MS; a brother, Randy Allen of Corinth, MS; two sisters Teresa Moore of Michie, TN and Karen Allen of Corinth, MS. Gilda also has many grandchildren who adored her including: Scarlett McCay, Rhett Reich, Rivers Reich, Jake Walden, Jaila Walden, and Harper Grace Walden, Gilda also is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gilda is preceded in death by her parents Minnie Estelle and Gene “Speedy” Allen. Pallbearers for Gilda Walden will be: Andy Allen, Terry Cartwright, Willie Friar, Arthur Gandy, Chris Jones, Eddie Lindsey, David Moore, and Adam Sisk.

Funeral arrangements for Gilda Walden will be limited to family. The private service will be held on April 20th, at 11:00 AM at McMillan Funeral home in Booneville, MS.

A registry book will be provided for friends to sign on Monday, April 19th from 5-7 PM at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Wilbert Walden, Husband
  • Cherie Jamieson, Daughter
  • Bradley Walden (Sheila), Son
  • Blakely Walden (Taylor), Son
  • Randy Allen, Brother
  • Teresa Moore, Sister
  • Karen Allen, Sister
  • Scarlett McCay, Grandchild
  • Rhett Reich, Grandchild
  • Rivers Reich, Grandchild
  • Jake Walden, Granchild
  • Jaila Walden, Grandchild
  • Harper Grace Walden, Grandchild
  • Gene "Speedy" Allen, Father (deceased)
  • Minnie Estelle, Mother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Andy Allen, Active Pallbearer
  • Terry Cartwright, Active Pallbearer
  • Willie Friar, Active Pallbearer
  • Arthur Gandy, Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Jones, Active Pallbearer
  • Eddie Lindsey, Active Pallbearer
  • David Moore, Active Pallbearer
  • Adam Sisk, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • A Private Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Cindi Burns

April 20, 2021

A beautiful lady with a million dollar smile. From the tribute it looks as if she enjoyed every moment of life even through her last days. What grace! From the days of Vo-tech, giving me a job when I needed one at the store, and on through the years I have fond memories. I was saddened to learn of your loss. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to your family.

Marsha Allen

April 20, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time, We love you all.
Dale and Marsha Allen

Abigail Smith

April 19, 2021

Prayers for strength, comfort and peace for you all.. God brings grief and compassion.. Mrs Gilda was such a sweet soul!
Love,
Nick and Abigail Smith
Lily Moss

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Biography

Gilda Jean Allen Walden, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving husband and children on Friday, April 16th at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS after a long and hard fight with cancer. Gilda was born on November 7, 1946 in Michie, TN. She graduated high school from Michie High School in Tennessee. After graduating high school, Gilda attended Northeast Mississippi Community college and then went on to attend The University of Mississippi where she earned a degree in Education in 1970. After college, she worked as a bank teller at People’s Bank, and later she taught mathematics for several years at Booneville Vocational School. Later down the road, Gilda decided she was needed to help run the family business that had been in the Walden family since 1953. She became a co-owner of Walden’s Supermarket. In 1998, Gilda established and transformed the deli/bakery area of the grocery store into a wonderful addition. Gilda was very well known in the Booneville community for her delicious donuts and cakes.

Wilbert and Gilda were married for 52 wonderful years and during this time, they had three children: Cherie Jamieson, Bradley Walden, and Blakely Walden. All of the children were raised in Booneville, and Gilda’s ultimate goal in life was loving and supporting her children any way she could.

Gilda was a member of First Baptist Church of Booneville. She often times kept the church nursery. She was known for her love for children. Her grandchildren and many other family friends’ children called her “Mama G.” Gilda was a member of the Junior Woman’s Club, and she served as a Girl Scout leader for many years. Gilda’s hobbies included cooking, traveling extensively, shopping, smocking, cross- stitching, attending Ole Miss football games, watching her “pet” deer graze in the back yard, and spending lots of time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Walden of Booneville, MS; one daughter Cherie Jamieson of Southaven, MS; two sons, Bradley (Sheila) Walden of Booneville, MS; Blakely Walden (Taylor) of Madison, MS; a brother, Randy Allen of Corinth, MS; two sisters Teresa Moore of Michie, TN and Karen Allen of Corinth, MS. Gilda also has many grandchildren who adored her including: Scarlett McCay, Rhett Reich, Rivers Reich, Jake Walden, Jaila Walden, and Harper Grace Walden, Gilda also is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gilda is preceded in death by her parents Minnie Estelle and Gene “Speedy” Allen. Pallbearers for Gilda Walden will be: Andy Allen, Terry Cartwright, Willie Friar, Arthur Gandy, Chris Jones, Eddie Lindsey, David Moore, and Adam Sisk.

Funeral arrangements for Gilda Walden will be limited to family. The private service will be held on April 20th, at 11:00 AM at McMillan Funeral home in Booneville, MS.

A registry book will be provided for friends to sign on Monday, April 19th from 5-7 PM at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Cancer Society.