She was born on Jan. 14, 1925, in Enterprise to Newton and Grace Hammack.
Walker was raised on a modest farm with her five sisters, with whom she shared a three-mile walk to their one-room school house each morning. After the Great Depression brought foreclosure to the Hammack home, the family relocated to Minam, where her dad worked at a sawmill.
Walker worked her way through high school earning $2.25 a week at a golf club. She moved to Burns shortly after graduating.
Walker lived and worked in Burns for over 40 years, raising her children, Sonya and Calvin. She was a proud and hard-working mother, holding up to three and four jobs at a time — waiting tables, washing clothes and taking tickets at the movie theater.
After teaching herself to type, Walker got a job at the Burns Times-Herald, where she began a successful career in journalism and classified advertising. Later she worked at the Milwaukie Review for 12 years as the advertising manager and at the Sellwood Newspaper for six years as the general manager.
Walker retired to the Rose Villa Retirement community in Milwaukie, where she spent the last decade of her life surrounded by friends and active in her community.
Walker was happiest in her garden, planting vegetables and tending to her roses. She remained involved in her faith community until the very end of her life, volunteering as a deaconess at the Gladstone Christian Church, singing in several choirs and serving as a greeter and member of the executive committee at the United Fellowship Hall.
Walker loved to travel, spend time with friends, sip on a glass of wine and take walks through the garden. She lived her life by simply “being nice to people,” and will be remembered for her fierce determination, loving spirit, humble demeanor and her split pea soup.
Walker is survived by her daughter, Sonya Reedy; son, Calvin Ryan-Mosley; daughter-in-law, Claudia Ryan-Mosley; granddaughters, Tate, Erin and Allison Ryan-Mosley; brother-in-law, Al Delapiere; sister-in-law, Janet Mosley; and 15 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the Rose Villa Fellowship Hall on July 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walker’s memory may be made to the Rose Villa Foundation.