The Washington Times-Herald

April 9, 2013

Dolores Walker

May 27, 1926 - April 9, 2013


Washington Times-Herald

MONTGOMERY — Dolores Annette (Dages) Walker, 86, died peacefully Tuesday at Daviess Community Hospital surrounded by her beloved sons. She was born on May 27, 1926, in Washington, to Clarence and Marqerite (Gueguen) Dages. Her mother died when Delores was six years old, and, at the time, her grandmothers and aunts, Helen, Louise, Corrien and Mary, who did not have children of their own, served as very close mother-figures in her daily life. Her father also devoted himself to the care of Dolores and her younger brother, David. She and David were very close in their youth and continued to remain so throughout their lives. She grew up in both Loogootee and on the family farm at St. Mary, Barr Township. In 1944, Dolores graduated from Montgomery High School whereupon she entered St. Bernard School of Nursing in Chicago and later received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Loyola University in Chicago. Upon her graduation, she worked as a surgical nurse and later as a private duty nurse as well as at the hospital for several departments, most often in supervisory roles. Among the hospitals where she worked were: Daviess County, Washington, and Jasper Memorial, as well as having served as the director of Prairie Village nursing facility for nearly 20 years. As a nurse, Dolores was greatly respected, and it was said that she would never ask more of others than she would be willing to do herself. Throughout her nursing career, her primary concern was always the care and dignity of the patients which was rooted in her strong Catholic faith. On Aug. 30, 1952, she married John Edward Walker, and they shared a loving partnership together for 42 years. They were always quite proud of their two sons: Father John Kenneth, who is a Catholic priest and Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Evansville, and Stephen Patrick, who is a software engineer. Mrs. Walker was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was known for her strong convictions and was never afraid to speak-up for them. As her husband began to experience increasing health problems in later years, she took tremendous care of him. Dolores spent much of her life taking care of other people, including her elderly aunts. She enjoyed decorating her home and was known for growing beautiful flowers. Socially, she was a member of Loogootee Tri Kappa Sorority and the Women’s Business and Professional Society. Dolores loved to dance, and in the early years of their marriage, she and her husband did square dancing. Later, they participated in ballroom dancing and regularly attended dances with their friends. Spending time with family was her foremost interest, and Dolores enjoyed her trips to Florida to visit with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters as well as their visits to see her.Most of all, her Catholic faith was at the heart of her life, and Dolores frequently prayed the rosary and had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. In her youth, Dolores was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Barr Township, followed by St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery where she was active in the Altar Society, and in later years, was a parishioner of St. John Catholic Church in Loogootee. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and husband. Surviving are her devoted sons: Father J. Kenneth Walker, of the Diocese of Evansville, and Stephen Patrick and wife Diana of Indialantic, Fla.; and her beloved granddaughters: Lindsey and Leah, both of Indialantic, Florida. Visitation will be on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home, 300 Church St., in Loogootee, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Loogootee, 408 Church Street. The Funeral Mass will be presided by her son, Father J. Kenneth Walker, on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Loogootee. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in St John Catholic Cemetery in Loogootee. In lieu of flowers the family requests Mass offerings, which will be sent to the missions to promote the missionary activity of the church.