Twila Marie Walkup

November 30, 1923January 7, 2020

Twila Walkup passed away at the age of 96 on January 7, 2020, at Fleur Heights Care Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Twila was born November 30, 1923, in Presho, South Dakota. She was one of nine children born to Theodore and Marie Hanson. Growing up in the Depression Years influenced her greatly as she learned at an early age how to be self-sufficient and the value of hard work.

Twila married Raymond Johnson in 1946. She was a stay at home mom as the children were raised. Twila worked part-time at various jobs. She moved to Colorado in 1974 and lived in Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area. She retired from Cahner’s Publishing in 1986 and spent her retirement gardening and traveling with her second husband, Glenn Walkup. She moved back to Des Moines in 2003 and settled in Norwalk, Iowa.

Twila was preceded in death by husbands Raymond and Glenn, daughter Vikki, sisters Lucille, Dorothy, Geneva, Theodora, and brothers Ted, Bob, and Doug.

Twila is survived by one sister, Gloria Harris, daughter Carol (Jim) Crosby, and son Ted (Janis) Johnson. She is also survived by six grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 pm, Monday, January 13, 2020, at Glendale Cemetery in the Veterans section in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Graveside Service Monday, January 13, 2020


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Bobby Hanson

January 13, 2020

I’ll never forget eating tuna casserole and playing Yahtzee with my Mom, Nana (Vikki), Nana T (Twila), and Ted.

Marilyn & Jack Burzacott

January 13, 2020

Our condolences to all of you.
Love, Marilyn & Jack

Bobbi Hanson

January 13, 2020

Two beautiful women who are now reunited.

LaNaya Aafedt

January 9, 2020

I wasn't around Twila much, but I do remember going to her house Des Moines when we were pretty young. We had a blast and that was the first time we met our cousins.
Another time, we were all together in Colorado at her house. She and the other sisters were making breakfast. There was a huge cast iron skillet filled with bacon grease and about 2 dozen eggs bubbling away on the camp stove in her garage. We all had a wonderful time.
I always thought she looked alot like Theodora. She was always kind to me and made it a point to have a conversation with me and get to know me just a little bit better.
God bless you, Twila. Say hello to mom and all my aunts and uncles and dad too.
Love, Naya