In loving memory, Mabel “Willie” Walker, born on March 1st, 1935, in Trail, B.C., peacefully departed from this life on November 12th, 2023. Willie was the cherished first child of Carl and Anna Wagner and a devoted sister to her sibling Martin Wagner.

The Walker family’s relocation to Campbell River in 1945 marked the beginning of their meaningful presence within the Willow Point community, where they became integral members. Willie, a graduate of Carihi in 1953, embarked on her journey by moving to Vancouver to pursue her education in psychiatric nursing—an endeavor that spoke to her compassionate nature.

It was in Vancouver that Willie encountered her former husband, William “Bill” Walker, through the connection of her best friend and Bill’s sister, Yvonne Walker. Their union blossomed, bringing forth the joy of parenthood with the arrival of their beloved sons, Rick Walker on April 13th, 1956, and Shawn Walker on February 3rd, 1959.

The family’s path led them from Vancouver to Prince George for seven years before finally settling in Kamloops in 1967. Willie dedicated herself to her profession at Kamloops’ Tranquille psychiatric facility, leaving an indelible mark through her service. After Tranquille’s closure, she worked in the retail jewelry industry, where she discovered a passion for engraving. This passion culminated in the establishment of Walker Engraving on Victoria Street—a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication.

In 1992, Willie retired, closing the doors of her business to return to Campbell River, where she lovingly cared for her aging mother, Anna. Her unwavering commitment to family was a hallmark of her character. In 2017, Willie relocated to Kamloops to be near her sons, demonstrating her enduring devotion.

Unfortunately, Willie faced the challenge of vascular dementia, and over the subsequent six years, her health declined. Yet, her spirit remained resilient, a testament to her strength and fortitude.

Willie leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion as a cherished grandmother to Ryan Walker, Kyle Walker, Laird Walker, and as a great-grandmother to William Walker, Thomas Walker, Caleb Walker, and Elliot Walker. Her memory will be forever treasured by those whose lives she touched with her warmth, compassion, and unwavering love.

In honoring Willie’s life, may we celebrate the love she shared and the indelible mark she left on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

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