OBITUARY

Phyllis Walker

March 27, 1923June 29, 2012

Waterford-Phyllis L. Walker, 89, of Greentree Manor, formerly of Norwich, CT died on Friday June 29, 2012. Mrs. Walker was born in Norwich on March 27, 1923 the daughter of the late Charles F. and Mary (Leete) Ludlow. She married Charles E. Walker on March 8, 1947 at Central Baptist Church in Norwich, CT. He predeceased her on October 14, 2001.

She graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1941. After graduation, she was employed at the former Thermos Company. She also worked at the former Laurel Gift & Card Shop in Norwich, and the Well-Child Clinic at United Community Services, caring for many children in the Norwich area. She was a very devoted wife, mother, Nana and G.G. All who knew her loved her.

Mrs. Walker was a professionally trained vocalist and sang locally for many years. Her favorite place to sing was in her own church, Central Baptist, where she was a member for 76 years. Music was a focal point in her life. Throughout the years she provided leadership to many children’s music workshops, plays, pageants and her beloved Chancel Choir. She directed the Chancel Choir beginning in September of 1958 and held that position at Central Baptist for 17 years. It gave her great joy to have given the gift of music to so many young women. She was a soprano in the Senior Choir for over 50 years. She was an active member and served on many boards and committees throughout her many years of membership.

Mrs. Walker is survived by a daughter Nancy W. Hopkins and her husband Mark of Norwich; her granddaughter Shannon L. Hopkins and her partner ToddRay Taylor of Norwich; her grandson Michael A. Hopkins and his fiancée Kerrie-Ann Greene of Florida. She is blessed with three great grandchildren; Chelsea Lynn Taylor and Jackson Ray Taylor of Norwich and Travis Michael Hopkins of Florida. She is also blessed with many nieces and nephews and their extended families who provided her with so much love and happiness. She was predeceased by a son, Alan H. Walker, who died in 1971.

Family and friends may visit Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich on Friday, July 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Central Baptist Church, 2 Union Street, Norwich on Saturday July 7th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Central Baptist Church. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online condolence for the Walker family.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2012

Memories

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Hastings

July 6, 2012

Dear Nancy/Mark/Shannon & Michael,

Our prayers are with you during this time of grief. We always loved Aunt Phyllis's smile we visited CT. God Bless the entire family.

Love, Mary Ann, David & Nancy Hastings

Hastings Family

July 6, 2012

Dear Nancy/Mark/Shannon & Michael,

We wish we could be there to comfort you during this hard time. We will forever remember Aunt Phyllis when we visited CT. She always had a smile on our face. God Bless the family.

Mary ann, David & Nancy Hastings

Rick Dean

July 5, 2012

Nancy and Mark I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing I have so many memories of her in chruch and at the beach.We had some great times as kids at the beach. She will be greatly missed.

Gregory Thomas

July 5, 2012

To the family of Phyllis Walker,
In our lives there are only a few people who have truly had a hand in shaping us to be who we are. Phyllis was one such person for me. As a child in her sunday school class and choir, she constantly modeled for me the Christ-like virtues of love, patience and forgiveness. The world was a richer place while she was in it and her legacy will live on in the lives of the people she touched.

Peace/Shalom,

Rev. Greg Thomas

July 4, 2012

Nancy/Mark/Shannon/Michael
Having read the rememberances already posted made it very clear the impact Aunt Phyllis had on all those she came into contact with.She was a blessing to all those who knew her,her spirit will live on,particularly in every room at Central Baptist. God bless

Lisa Burgess

July 2, 2012

Nancy, Mark, Shannon and Michael,

I am sorry to hear of your Mom/Grandma's passing. She was a very special lady and I will miss her. She was my favorite Sunday School teacher--she was always there with a kind word, helping hand and her awesome smile.

May you find comfort in your memories and knowing that you each have a special Guardian Angel looking over you.

With Love,
Lisa, Tori and Timmy Burgess

Mark Ciliano

July 2, 2012

To the Walker Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Lisa Gustafson

July 1, 2012

Dear Nancy and Mark, Shannon and Michael,
I am so moved by the news of the passing of your mom. She was my first friend when I moved to Norwich. I will hold in my memories those first few days of apartment hunting and staying with her and CW. Her spirit was so vivacious and caring. She held all of us in her heart and was there for all who knew her no matter what we might need. I am not sad about her passing because I know for certain that she isn't gone, but just continuing her journey toward the Lord. Can't you just see her with CW and Alan and all those wonderful friends and family that went before her? What an awesome welcome committee greeted her! Blessings to you.

Mary Jane Cavarnos/Chmielecki

July 1, 2012

Nancy,
Your mother was one of the kindest people that I have met in my life. My fond memories of her beautiful voice in the choir and her always being in the kitchen on our church suppers will always bring a smile to my face, remembering my youth with ALL the Walker family.
So sorry for your loss.

Carol Moran

July 1, 2012

Nancy and Mark, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a wonderful person and inspiration to many. The choir memories will always be there, along with many church memories of her in general. I will forever remember her wonderful smile that would light up a room. We know she is in a wonderful place, and I agree with Donna, forming her choir as we speak. Love to all, Carol,Ken and family.

FROM THE FAMILY