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Barbara L. "Barb" Walker

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“I worked with Barb for a little in the late 1980's and remember she was fun loving and kind, always with a laugh or a smile. Always enjoyed working...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Chris Geeting Huff - Battle Creek, MI


2 of 7 | Posted by: Larry Koster - Lansing, MI

“Jeff & Steve and families,I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was such a nice lady. My thoughts are with you all.Kelly Delaney-Klinger ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kelly Delaney-Klinger - WI

“We are sorry to hear of Barbara's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by all...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincerest condolences to the Walker family. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Kelly Pinkerton

“Dear Dick, Jeff & Steve...I am so sorry to hear ofBarb's passing. She was one of the kindest persons I have known. I remember her from the...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Delaney - Janesville, WI

“I worked with Barb at Gilmore's in the mall during the 80's. She was such a great gal! Always easy to laugh and to strike up a conversation with,...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Janet Scott - Battle Creek, MI


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Barbara L. Walker was born March 2, 1937 to Arthur & Catherine (Finley) Dowell in Troy, Missouri. As a young child, the family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. Barbara attended Battle Creek Schools graduating in 1955. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 1959 with a degree in Education and taught in both the Grand Rapids and Battle Creek area schools.

Barbara married Richard C. Walker on July 1, 1961 and they celebrated 57 years of marriage. Surviving Barbara is her husband Richard; sons, Jeffrey (Carolyn) and Stephen (Christine). Grandchildren are Trina, Nicholas, Emily, Logan, Justin, Ariana and Karsten; sister, Kay Dowell Trosko; brother, Gerald (Jerry) Dowell; and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara was a 37-year cancer survivor. She was a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star and belonged to a Canasta card group for 30 years. Barbara was a member and elder of the Pennfield Presbyterian Church. Barbara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She lived her life in a warm, light-hearted manner in spite of her long and courageous struggle. Her family gives thanks for her life and for the example she set. We will remember her generosity, self-less spirit, special laugh and her love of family.

Until we meet again….

A visitation will be held 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Battle Creek. A private service for the family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University of Michigan Cancer Center or the Borgess Heart Center c/o The Borgess Foundation.