Ms. Charlotte A Walker
May 27, 1931 – February 7, 2021
Charlotte A Walker of Denton, Texas passed away on February 7, 2021.
Charlotte was born in Kansas City, Missouri; her biological parents were never known to her, but she was adopted when just a few weeks old by a young couple, Dorothy and Harry Gilmore Whittle, Jr. from Kansas. Mrs. Whittle could hardly wait to hang diapers on the clothesline so her neighbors would know she had a new baby. Charlotte was named after her maternal grandmother whom she adored and loved her name, although was always afraid that someone would give her the nickname. "Lottie" as the case had been with her grandmother. Charlotte spent her early years in Sabetha, Kansas, where her father owned a grocery store, and also in Hiawatha. There were many aunts, uncles and cousins in Charlotte's family, as her mother was one of ten children. Charlotte was a delight to her parents, their only child, and performed in piano recitals and little plays.
When Charlotte was 11 years old, the family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri where Charlotte graduated from Central High School, then spent a year in business school. She used her business talents working for Western Dairy, a family owned business and worked there until she married.
In 1951, she met her future husband, Charlie Walker through friends at a swimming pool party and then in September of 1952 they were married at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph and in 1956, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas. They had three children, Cary, born in 1955 in Missouri and Cheryl born 1958 and Clifton born 1960 in Texas. We started a family tradition of naming our children names starting with the letter "C" and our children have carried on the tradition, naming their children with names beginning with "C", also marrying a spouse with a "C" name. At this writing, there are 9 in the family with a name starting with "C." As a young mother, Charlotte learned to sew, making her own clothes and also for the children. She enjoyed cooking and trying out new recipes for company, always hoping that the food would be good. She was active in church work and loved to play bridge and go to luncheons. Charlotte always felt that being married to a good man and having three wonderful children was the most important thing in her life.
Charlotte had always been a stay-at-home mother until her last child was in junior high, then she decided to go back to school and enrolled in Tarrant County College. She obtained certification as a dental assistant and worked at the Public Health Clinic; later with her medical terminology, she went to work as a medical secretary at the Fort Worth Clinic. After 10 years, she retired only to go back to work for Dr. Thomas E. Rapp in his new office for the next 3 years. At last she retired, then set about to do volunteer work and things she had not had time to do.
She enrolled in the Senior Education Program at TCC, taking swim & aerobic exercises, craft and herb classes. She took an interesting 36-hr. North Richland Hills Citizen Police Academy course. The class was taken to a target practice site and given pistols (no real bullets) for target practice, but Charlotte had to have help to pull the trigger. She served on the Senior Advisory board at TCC, a member of H2U (Health to You) learning many health issues from their programs along with other seniors. Also, she belonged to Dan Echols Sr. Citizen Center, playing with her bridge group.
Planting herbs and flowers was a great pastime for Charlotte, loving the folklore of herbs and harvesting them at the end of the growing season for later use in the kitchen. She liked traveling to herb festivals in the U.S., meeting others that had an interest in herbs. She was a member of the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society, serving as its president and also belonged to the Herb Society of America
Charlotte had many hobbies, and probably the best one was traveling, also she was an avid bowler, bowling in 2 leagues. She played bridge weekly and belonged to several book clubs. She was always active in Presbyterian churches, serving in many capacities, including that of serving as an elder.
Charlotte and Charlie loved to travel, traveling to England, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Canada, Costa Rica, Scandinavia countries (Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia). A favorite trip was a cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, stopping in Switzerland, France, Amsterdam. Also they took several cruises, one to Jamaica, Bahamas and Aegean Sea. They also traveled to many historical sites from east to west and truly loved the beaches of Texas, Florida and California. She made many scrapbooks from their travels.
Her 3 grandchildren, Christy, Cole and Cassidy were her darlings and she enjoyed spoiling each of them whenever she got a chance.
In 2001, a growth in her thigh was diagnosed as a cancerous lesion: a sarcoma. For 2 years, she struggled through chemotherapy and radiation, but the cancer spread and in 2003 an amputation was required. However, with the use of assistive devices, she was able to walk and drive again.
One hobby that she enjoyed was reading books and belonged to several book discussion groups. In later years, she began knitting again and this was a great past time while watching T.V.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Ms. Charlotte A Walker
February 22, 2021
When Charlotte retired, she left a vacuum in my office that was never (and could never) be refilled. I badly missed her sweet spirit and smile, but realized she felt the need to retire. Unfortunately, I lost touch with her and never knew about her cancer and amputation. I am so sorry I didn't know. She was an absolute delight and am so sorry for our loss.