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Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home

2195 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN

OBITUARY

Shirley Dawn Kincaid Walker

May 3, 1935June 22, 2020
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Shirley Dawn Walker Kincaid - our funny, quirky, independent Mom/Grammy/Great-Grammy - passed away peacefully on June 22, shortly after a recurrence of sarcoma cancer. Shirley Dawn was born in the early morning hours of May 3, 1935 in Kincaid, Fayette County, West Virginia. She was a Red Devil of Collins High School in Oak Hill, WV. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, and was a proud Mountaineer of West Virginia University where she earned a Master’s in English. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta and liked to brag that one of her sorority sisters was the future wife of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West. At WVU, Shirley met Jim Walker of Mt. Hope, WV and they were married on July 25, 1959 in Kincaid. Jim was drafted into the Army later that year. While Jim was stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Shirley taught English for a year at Mad River High School in Dayton, Ohio. She later joined Jim in El Paso, Texas where their daughter, Dawn, was born. After Jim’s discharge from the Army in 1962, the couple moved to St. Paul, MN where Jim took a job with UNIVAC. Daughters Stephanie and Cheryl soon joined the family.

In 1965, the Walkers moved to Park Hills in the sleepy little township of Woodbury, MN. Shirley found vocations as a substitute teacher in South Washington Country School District 833 and as a writer for two newspapers – The Sun and The Bulletin. She was very active in the growing community of Woodbury as a charter member of the Jaycees, Lions Club, Woodbury Women’s Club and the Woodbury League of Women Voters – where she was honored in 2019 as a founding member and for her 50 years of service. She served with many other community organizations that at the time were just getting started: the Woodbury Fire Department Auxiliary, the Woodbury Library, the Woodbury Directory, the Woodbury Community Club, the Woodbury Theatre Guild and the Woodbury Heritage Society. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church from 1962 until 1974 when the family transferred to Woodbury United Methodist Church (now The Grove UMC). She sang in the choir for over 40 years.

In 1979, she gave up substitute teaching after being recruited for the world of real estate where she worked at Century 21, Better Homes and Gardens and Edina Realty until her retirement in 2010. She earned her CRS and was Realtor of the Year several years. Shirley loved to read, journal and take pictures – filling over 80 photo albums. In her last years, she read hundreds of books, recording each by name, and journaled daily until her last day at home. She loved wearing her many hats, eating ice cream and rooting for the Minnesota Twins. Travel was another passion. Shirley was proud to have visited each of the 50 United States. During her lifetime she traveled to Mexico, Canada, China, Israel, Egypt, Scotland, England, Japan and most of the countries in Europe, but her favorite place to visit was always the misty mountains of her beloved West Virginia.

Shirley’s absence will be keenly felt by her family; daughters Dawn Walker, Stephanie (Phil) Huss, and Cheryl (Rick) Vatsaas; grandchildren, Dan Walker, Phillip Huss, Alex Huss, Ingrid (Luke) Amstutz, and Kristian (Erica) Vatsaas; great-granddaughter, Sonja Claire; siblings, Carroll (Joyce) Kincaid, Doug Kincaid, and Judy (Bob) Fischer; and other family and friends.

Due to COVID restrictions, a private Celebration of Life will be live streamed from The Grove United Methodist church on Wednesday, July 1 at 4pm. The recording of the service will also be available to view at a later time. See the church web site for links to the service https://thegrovemn.church/ In honor of Shirley, we ask that you wear a hat while watching the service! Interment will follow in the Woodbury Methodist Cemetery. Memorials preferred to The Grove UMC. Please send to the church at 7465 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN 55125

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Deloris Lilly

June 28, 2020

My family, Roy and Madeline Davis, my sister, Doris and my grandmother, Ma Bob, lived next door to the Kincaid family. I was three years old when Shirley was born. That makes her my oldest friend.
We would take clothes pens and fasten a blanket to the fence to make a playhouse. Shirley on her side of the fence and me on my side. We played with our dolls and other toys until we got in an argument, then down came our playhouse. Shirley only had brothers to play with but her cousin, Sue, lived on the other side of me so I could go play with Sue.
We lost touch with each other but our mother’s wrote letters to each other down through the years so I knew what Shirley was doing. After my husband died I move to Florida to live with my mother and sister. Shirley came to visit and we renewed our friendship.
We traveled together some and I went to her condo in Madeira Beach and she spent time with me in Tampa.
One time I went to Minnesota to visit Shirley. She had bought a 12’X12’ tent at a yard sale. She didn’t know if all the pieces were there. We pitched the tent behind her house and found it needed some mending. While Shirley was at work I did the mending. We didn’t know if it leaked or not. We went to Canada for five days and pitched the tent four times. One night we had a thunder storm and heavy rain but the tent didn’t leak!
I last saw Shirley in September of last year. I knew she was not doing well because I didn’t receive a birthday card from her this year. She died on my birthday.
Deloris Lilly Rupert WV

Colleen Carbonneau- Jenkins(Warnke)

June 28, 2020

Loved you Shirley...good memories back in the day,I will always remember 💕One day I hope to get to that bridge in West Virginia that you so often mentioned . Blessings to Dawn,Steph and Cheryl.Her family brought so much joy to her💕 Colleen Jenkins

Paul McKinney

June 27, 2020

The world lost a beloved lady. You will always be remembered by your kind and loving nature. I thank God for your life You were truly one of a kind. May you forever be at rest in the Lord.

Ginny Jensen

June 26, 2020

Dawn, Steph, Cheryl

WAS so sad to hear of your mom's death. You'll know that we shared a lot of memories, activities over the years. Though all the JC days, bowling leagues, newspaper days, real estate things, times at the lake, we had a lot of fun together.....

Even though we were not able to get together a lot in the years since our move to Texas, we were able to stay in touch a bit with calls, lunches, and annual Christmas letters. She was so proud to share information about you girls and your families. Will miss knowing that she is still in Woodbury trying to get things organized.

Hugs to you all.... Ginny (and Jim)

Paul McKinney

June 24, 2020

I pray that "the Lord would bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,
And give you his peace." (Numbers 6:24)

So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You. Paul McKinney

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Shirley Dawn Kincaid Walker - 2016

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May 1935 Baby Picture

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1935 - She was named after Shirley Temple!

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1958 Sweetheart Dance, West Virginia University with future husband, Jim Walker

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1956 - West Virginia Wesleyan

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Shirley Dawn Kincaid Walker - 2016

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May 1935 Baby Picture

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1935 - She was named after Shirley Temple!

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1958 Sweetheart Dance, West Virginia University with future husband, Jim Walker

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1956 - West Virginia Wesleyan

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Collins High School, Oak Hill West Virgina

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1958 - Alpha Xi Delta Sorority

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1959 - July 25 - Wedding

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Easter 1971

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1973 Family Photo - Jim (BJ), Shirley, Dawn, General Robert E. Lee, Stephanie and Cheryl