Linda Faye Walker

December 15, 1935January 7, 2019

Linda Faye Walker, 83, of Columbia passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 at Boone Hospital Center. A Memorial Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 14 at the Missouri United Methodist Church followed by a visitation.

Linda was born in Dunklin County, Missouri on December 15, 1935 the youngest child of Hardy P. White and Maude G. (Stephens) White. She was united in marriage in Kennett, Missouri to Wayne Walker who survives at their home.

Linda is remembered by her family and friends as a beautiful, classy, friendly, funny and smart woman. She was a wife, mother and grandmother. She and Wayne celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last August. She was embarrassingly proud of her son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. She was an active member of the Missouri United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school and establishing the church’s library.

She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Southeast Missouri State College (University) and a master’s in library science from the University of Missouri. She was an educator/librarian with the Columbia Public Schools for 25 years. She established the library at West Junior High School when it opened in 1962. She then moved to Jefferson Junior High where she served until her retirement in 1993. Linda was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa (an education sorority) where she served as president of the local and state chapters. She was a member of the King’s Daughters and served as Circle President and City Union President. She was the first recipient of the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award as the outstanding junior high school educator in 1980. She was recognized by the Columbia Community Teacher’s Association as the outstanding junior high school teacher in 1993. She was recognized as an outstanding retired teacher by the Columbia Public School Foundation in 2015.

Linda is survived by her husband Wayne, son David (Brenda) Walker of Columbia and her three grandchildren: Brandon Walker of San Francisco, CA, Kate Walker of Columbia and Libby Walker of Lawrence, KS as well as nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and three brothers. The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care given to Linda by Home Instead and Provision Living. Memorial donations in memory may be made to the Mid-Missouri Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Linda is survived by her husband Wayne, son David (Brenda) Walker of Columbia and her three grandchildren: Brandon Walker of San Francisco, CA, Kate Walker of Columbia and Libby Walker of Lawrence, KS as well as nieces and nephews.

  • Mid Missuori Alzheimer's Association


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 14, 2019

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Donna Snyder

January 16, 2019

As your secretary, I had lots of quick communications with Linda. She was always fun, with a quick wit. a smile, and an ability to make any situation easier for whoever or whatever was happening. Ron and I send you, David, Brenda and the rest of your family our most sincere sympathy. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you always. Love, Donna

Jennifer Black Cone

January 14, 2019

My earliest memory of Mrs. Walker was from the library at Jeff Jr. She was happy to see me and any other kid that walked through the doors. Later, I knew her as Linda when I did my student teaching at Jeff Jr. She was so supportive! Our relationship continued when I was hired by her husband to teach at Rock Bridge. Whether at a school gathering or chance meeting at the grocery store, Linda still greeted me the same as she did when I walked through her library doors...with a big smile and ready laugh.

Linda Harlan

January 13, 2019

Linda was a wonderful friend, teacher, and colleague who positively influenced so many lives, including mine. I will always cherish the many conversations we had over 40 years. Each of those conversations had a positive influence on me. We've lost an extraordinary person. My deepest sympathy to Wayne and all the family.

Bill Frerking

January 12, 2019

Wayne, we are saddened by news of Linda’s death. Know that Bob, Carzell and all of their children love and respect you and Linda.

At the same time, we rejoice that by grace through faith in what Jesus objectively did that her profession of faith assures us of her eternal presence in the new Heaven and new Jerusalem.

We take refuge in the everlasting truth of God’s Word and cling to this objective truth with our brother Job:

Job 19:25-27
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!

And Psalm 115:16:

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.

May God comfort the Walker family with His abiding grace, mercy, and peace. We love you.

Bill and Susan Frerking

Dennis and Yvonne Tuggle

January 11, 2019

Yvonne and I were deeply saddened to learn of Linda's passing. She was a wonderful person and friend. As a young librarian in the Columbia Schools Yvonne considered herself fortunate to be able to rely on Linda's guidance, support, and mentorship. As one of the young teachers at Rock Bridge High School in the 1970's, I recognized and appreciated Dr. Walker's strong commitment to Linda and their family. Linda and Wayne were role models both professionally and personally for us. Now we pray that God's comforting hand may be on Wayne and the entire family during this time. But always know that Linda had a significant and profound impact on our lives, as well as countless others.