Ruth Elayne Walton

December 7, 1952February 19, 2019
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Ruth Elayne “Bunny” Walton, 66, of Snellville, GA, accepted God’s embrace and passed away, peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones on February 19, 2019 at Emory Hospital – Decatur after a long battle with cancer.

Elayne was born in Chattanooga, TN on December 7, 1952. She excelled in her studies at Brainerd High School there, and participated in various clubs and activities including the Student Government. She tutored at Chattanooga Boys Club, and was awarded a National Achievement Scholarship, amongst others, to support her college education. She moved to Atlanta in the late 70s to pursue a life with greater opportunities.

She graduated from Mercer University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, and began her career as a pharmacist at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. She worked in that capacity for 33 years along with a parallel career at Dekalb Medical Center for 30 years until her retirement in 2016. A keen intellect, she had a no-nonsense approach to life, a penchant for directness and helping anyone in need, and an acerbic sense of humor.

She was the eldest of four children, and firmly embraced her role by leading, supporting, and encouraging her siblings throughout her life. Her love of family was second to none, and she demonstrated it on a daily basis. One of her passions was her work; she was a dedicated, meticulous professional with an acute attention to detail. Another passion was interior design; she loved attending home tours and decorator show houses in her spare time. She was an action movie aficionado with a preference for Sci-Fi, and a soft hearted lady who doted on Penny, the family dog. Bunny was a strong, compassionate woman who touched the lives of many family members, colleagues, and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband Ronald C. Howell; daughter Andrea Toston; mother Fannie Medley; father, James Walton, brothers Kenneth Walton and Chris Matthews; sister Alycia Tatum, In-laws Travis Howell (deceased), Mike Howell (Annie), Ennis Howell (Bolton), Mitch Howell, Emily Howell McLain, Calvin Howell (Angie), Lola Evette Hawthorne (John) and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Words cannot adequately express our loss or how much she will be missed by all who knew her. Our family thanks each of you for your expressions of condolence during this difficult time. Although we will miss her physically, we know that her spiritual presence will always be with us.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Dekalb Medical Foundation, 2701 North Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033.


  • Memorial Service Monday, February 25, 2019

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Dorothy Williams

March 2, 2019

I was deeply saddened to hear of Elayne's passing. My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to the family. I know that there is a hole in your heart that only time and God's compassion will heal. I had the privilege to work with Elayne during her entire career at Emory Midtown (Crawford Long Hospital) Pharmacy. She had a work ethic and dedication that was second to none. Rain, shine, sleet, snow, or sickness, Elayne always showed up for work. I'm still amazed at how she was able to maintain two parallel careers with an equal commitment to both institutions. She was the face of the night shift in the CLH pharmacy, having been one of the original staff to work the 7on 7 off night shift schedule. Before computers and smart pumps, Nurses were especially happy when Elayne was on duty because she helped them with their calculations and drug information. As others have said, she had an acute attention for detail. She had a built in radar for detecting and resolving medication errors. Elayne's infamous "correction pen" was always with her.

Elayne, enjoy your peaceful eternal rest where everything is perfect and good; where medications and the "correction pen" are no longer needed.

Dorothy "Dot" Williams
CLH Director of Pharmacy-retired

Khaleda Nasir

February 27, 2019

Miss you..........

Mia A.

February 26, 2019

I miss you so much E.

Carolyn King

February 24, 2019

Sincere Condolences and my Deepest Sympathy to the Family of Elayne Walton. I had the pleasure of working with Elayne for many years at Dekalb Medical. She always talked about her family especially her Mom.
She was a very hard working Pharmacist. Never understood how she could put in so many hours between Crawford Long and Dekalb and still managed to look beautiful.
Yes, she loved her large purses and candy. Elayne introduced me to the symphony candy bar. It had to be the one with the blue writing because it contained toffee. As much as she worked, she still made time to take in a movie. I have so many fond memories of Elayne. I will cherish them forever.
She will truly be missed by everyone. May God Bless and Comfort each of you during this time of sorrow.

Mickie Anthony

February 24, 2019

Elayne will truly be missed. She was kind, loving, and a joy to work with. Praying for peace for her loved ones during this difficult time.

William Victor Batts

February 24, 2019

To the immediate family my heartfelt prayers and sympathy. How do I say goodbye to what we had. How true? Over the 16 and half years we worked together our lives intertwined and we became joined at the hip. You became more than my co-worker but also my confidant, counselor, big sister, buddy, but most of all, my friend. Over the years we watched our children grow up and venture on their life's journey. You were there for me through some of my most tumultuous moments and you always reminded me that what we did was vital and important. You mentored me and made me a better pharmacist , dad and friend. I will always be grateful for the times we shared together and how you allowed me to come into your inner circle. Rest easy, my dear friend. You worked so very hard. Your rest is well-deserved.

Becky White

February 24, 2019

You will always be one of those bright stars that shine for me. Your endless energy and commitment were evident in all that you did. You fought long and hard and people loved you deeply.You could eat more pecan logs than humanly possible and not gain a pound. Oh course ,you carried those big pocketbooks around-that must have spent those calories. You will be missed! I know you are in Gods care and will be wrapped in his loving arms.

Ennis Howell

February 23, 2019

I thank God for bringing you into our family. I remember our first face to face meeting and I remember the pure kindness and the authentic nature you possessed within you. I know this to be true because I witnessed the smiles, the strength, and the happiness my brother Big Ron Howell experienced with you. The angels in heaven will be blessed by your presence and I will forever keep the loved ones you left behind uplifted in prayer. May you rest in Peace.

Your sister in law

Coretta Jones & Family

February 23, 2019

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Orlando Davenport

February 23, 2019

First, My deepest condolences to all family and all Blessings be with you.
Upon first meeting this Heavenly Angel I understood the strength of GOD's creation called "Momma". There was no denying Elayne's strength in her profession. Through out the years of being blessed with her tutoring I came to LOVE her as Family and that's what she gave to all that respected this part of her. I am deeply sadden beyond words for this loss of my Friend, my Momma, my Family. I now understand the True Blessing in every relationship that I'm allowed in my Life.
Be at Peace Lovely One for YOU have done an Excellent JOB.

LOVE always Orlando