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  • Visitation:  2-4 & 7-8:30 p.m.  Tuesday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church

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Mrs. Marie A. Walkington, age 99 years and 26 days, of Greenville, passed away Thursday afternoon surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Heartland Hospice. The daughter of Phillip Albert & Mary (Morgan) Nadeau, she was born on Jan. 26, 1909 in Millbrook. After graduating high school and earning her teaching certificate, she began her career at Snyder School near Blanchard. While there, she met her future husband, Charles L. Walkington. They were married on Jan. 26, 1934 in Six Lakes. In addition to raising three children and farming, Marie continued to teach at White Swan, Churchill, Lincoln Heights, and Baldwin Heights schools.

She was a long-time member of the Greenville First United Methodist Church where she was active in the Lois Circle, as well as volunteering wherever she could be of help at the church. She also volunteered her time with Meals-on-Wheels, at the Greenville Senior Center, had been a Gray Lady at United Memorial Hospital, helped with Red Cross blood drives, and was a member of the Eureka Ladies Aid. She was especially proud of her long time membership in the Danish Sisterhood Society having first been inducted as an honorary non-Dane member, and later being awarded full membership. Marie also enjoyed sewing, knitting, and quilting, having made clothes for her children, grandchildren, and even her granddaughters dolls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles L. Walkington on March 3, 1990; a son-in-law, John Daniel Plank; three brothers, Homer, W.J., and Morgan; and three sisters, Ada, Josie, and Jennie.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary L. Plank-Doherty and James Doherty, of Greenville, and Judith Walkington Adams and Dan Freeman of Virginia; a son, Fred & Jane Walkington of Alma; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Donna Nadeau Sage, Violet Nadeau, Opal Walkington Amon, and Barbara Walkington; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Walkington; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Dr. Joy Moore officiating. Burial will take place privately in Fairplains Township Cemetery. Visitation is on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters or Heartland Hospice will be available.

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  1. Anonymous on February 21, 2008 at 12:00 am


    03/26/2008 –

    Lois Bernloehr

    Marie’s husband,Charles, was my first cousin. My husband, Bob, and I send you our sympathy on your loss. We were very fond of Marie and Chuck and have very fond memories of good times spent with them.

    03/06/2008 –

    Starane Crandell

    Aunt Marie was my favorite great Aunt. When I was little she used to babysit for me when my parents, Bev and Bill Swan went away for the weekend. I was known to be a trying at times, and she would make me minded. She always made us feel special. My sister, Gailee and I took her our to dinner a couple of years ago, and she said she felt very special to have such great nieces, but all her family was special to her. She will be missed by all who knew her.

    03/06/2008 –

    Paul,Beverly Wilkes

    We remember Marie with love. She especially liked it when Paul would ask her “if she had her hug today”. Her eyes would light up and walk to him to get her hug. If she heard us come in the house she would come right over.
    She liked to spend time with the “young people” and visit.
    She was a lovely lady.
    Our condolences to the fammily.
    Paul and Bev

    03/06/2008 –

    Gailee Wilkins

    What a grand lady! Her family, friends and community will miss Great Aunt Marie, but I know that she will be in heaven reunited with Uncle Chuck, other family (my mom) and friends who have gone before her. My mom, Beverly Swan and my Aunt Lois always considered her a second mother after Grandma Ada died at such an early age. I feel truly honored to have been a part of Aunt Marie’s family! Gailee Wilkins

    03/02/2008 –

    Kerry (Harrington) Ottenwess

    My dad just gave me a call and told me about the passing of Marie. It has been such a long time, but I can remember old times at her house, like they were yesterday! I know how much her family loved her and how much they will miss her and I send my deepest sympathy to each of you.

    02/27/2008 –

    Dody Miller (Rottman)

    I just enjoyed watching the video. I have such fun memories of Aunt Marie with Grandma and Aunt Donna. She was a very special lady. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Dody

    02/27/2008 –

    Louann Mayers

    Dear Judy and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You must have the most treasured memories and fondest remembrances of your Mother and they will be of enormous help to you forever. I know now there is one more angel above us!
    With love and deepest sympathy, Louann Mayers

    02/26/2008 –

    Dr & Mrs. Harry R. Johnson

    With many fond memories of a dear friend and a gracious lady.

    02/26/2008 –

    Larry Reichert

    Our prayers for Aunt Marie. She was an amazing woman with so much energy & a terrific sense of humor.Our family reunions will certainly miss her presence. Larry Reichert & family

    02/26/2008 –

    Linda Johnson Jacob

    Mary, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Marie was a very dear friend of my parents, Marguerite & Ronald Johnson. I will always remember the delicious almond coffee cakes your mother made during Danish Festival. May your fond memories be a comfort to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    02/26/2008 –

    June Warren

    Wish everyone were as lucky as my sister and I, to have such a special Aunt. Aunt Marie was like a second Mother to us. We loved her dearly and will miss her terribly. She would brighten up any room when she walked in. We will always feel blessed that we were her nieces.

    02/26/2008 –

    Andy Delinsky

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, especialy to Judy.
    Through Judy, it was clear that her mother was an incredible person. I always appreciated stories about “mom.”
    Andy Delinsky

    02/26/2008 –

    Jeri (Fleagle)Benson

    Dear Fred,Judy&Mary, I wish I could be there with you & other neighbors & friends to celebrate your Mom’s life. I have many “great remembrances” of growing up next door-babysitting your kids, Judy, when you came to visit-riding to work at the hospital in the cab of a road grater with your Dad getting me there when no one else could-sitting in your basement with Larry,(he married me anyway), during a tornado warning, while Marie continued making jam in the kitchen-always the beautiful flower gardens for all to enjoy, and Tarzan. God’s blessing on all of you as you remember Marie’s many contributions & wonderful gifts she shared with friends & the community. I will be with you in thoughts & prayers tomorrow. In Friendship, Jeri Fleagle Benson

    02/26/2008 –

    Mark D. Adams

    Words cannot properly express my sorrow. My “Grandma Walkie” was as rich a lady as ever there was one. She lived every day doing. Going. Seeing. Helping others.
    She will be missed, and her life will be celebrated every day for the rest of mine.
    Family was EVERYTHING to Grandma.She was at her happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
    Her love and concern for others goes un-paralleled: Even well into her eighties and nineties, she would still go into town to “help the old people” with luncheons, or parade floats, or whatever she could find to do to help.
    I love her with all of my heart, and thank God for her. She taught me so much about life and of living up to ones potential. About pride and humility. About right and wrong.She would stress the importance of honesty and integrity…and of Family.(…and she CONSTANTLY would correct my improper English!!! LOL!!!).Thanks, Grams!!! I talk so much more gooder now!!!
    She showed me that being “rich” had nothing to do with money. It comes from the soul. From the heart….and my Grandmother was therefore the wealthiest woman I have ever known.
    Grandma…Grandpa’s been waiting for you for quite a while. Go to him now, and enjoy your rewards with him in Heaven.I love you both so very much…..and miss you both So terribly.
    God,keep my Grandma and Grandpa in your Kingdom. May their love remain together in your Grace forever.
    I love you, Grandma, and I will miss you so very, very much.

    02/26/2008 –

    Jim & Vickie Harris

    Sorry to read of your loss. Always thinking of you…take care stop over if you have a chance

    02/25/2008 –

    Barb & Kirk Perry

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Marie’s family. She was a special lady! I taught with her at Baldwin Heights, and she was a great example for me. She became my good friend and fellow church member, always giving Kirk and me warm hugs. We will miss her!

    02/25/2008 –

    JoAnn Beechnau

    What a great lady! In so many ways she was amazing. She was always interested in everyone and everything. I consider myself and my children blessed for having known her. My Mom (Doris Simon) will always miss her. She was like a mother to her, my Aunt June, Aunt Lois and Aunt Beverly. They all loved her dearly and enjoyed seeing her whenever they could. Heaven is now a richer place!

    02/25/2008 –

    Jake Wille

    My first memory of my great-great Aunt Marie was dancing with her at my sister’s wedding. She was very special woman and will be missed greatly.

    02/25/2008 –

    Bill and Jan Wille

    She was a great lady that should never be forgotten. I know my children only have good and positive memories of Aunt Marie. She is busy in heaven counting generations already there and generations to come.

    02/25/2008 –

    Lois and Martin

    We are so sorry we are so far away at this time. Aunt Marie was such a special person to us and all our family. Our grand children thought so much of her too. One of our favorite memories was the years she spent here in Texas. She made an average day FUN. We will miss her.

    02/25/2008 –

    Erin Sanchez

    Dear Judy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel that I have gotten to know your mother through the many wonderful stories that Judy has told me about her. She was very blessed to have such a wonderful family that cared for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    02/25/2008 –

    Mary Ellen Smith Garvelink

    Mrs.Walkington had a unique way of asking her students to do more than they thought ever possible–and taught us to have faith in ourselves and use our God given talents to be flexible to handle any situation we might be confronted with. She always was sincerely interested in every person, often asking questions and then listening intently to the answers. She taught everyone the meaning of helping others, working as a Team and will long be remembered for her volunteer work in the Church’s kitchen preparing meals for so many events. Mrs. Walkington was a realist, practical lady who always had an encouraging word, loving smile and unforgettable laugh. I think she believed “Earthly Life is not perfect, but it sure is Wonderful.” So my Sincerest Thanks go out to her for teaching us the meaning of Dignity, Honor and Hope. She wore the sturdiest garment there is, the garment of Love. Love and Thankfulness, Mary Ellen Smith Garvelink Churchill School 4th Grade Class of 1959

    02/25/2008 –

    Diane Clem

    To my good friend, Judy So many wonderful memories of your Mom come flooding back. The giggles as she helped us stuff and fold, her pride in you as you introduced her at lunch, standing next to her for Bullis’ 75th aerial photo are just a few!! You were lucky to have enjoyed her for so long and she was especially lucky to have had you for a daughter! My thoughts are with you, my friend!! Diane

    02/25/2008 –

    Jim Mackie

    Marie was a grand lady . I meet her a few times through Fred and Jane . If we could all live our life like she did . We would indeed be fortuniate .

    02/25/2008 –

    Connie (Worden) Howes

    To the Walkington Family, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.
    I have many good memories of our parents getting together for dinners, meetings, and dances at the Danish Lodge. Your mother always seem to be the life of the party. The Sisterhood has lost a very good member.
    My mother and dad (Bea and Paul Worden) will not be able to attend the viewing or the funeral. While I was visiting them yesterday Ma said, her and dad had many good times with Marie and Chuck.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.

    02/25/2008 –

    Jennie Hale

    What a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
    Love, Jennie

    02/25/2008 –

    Doan Duong

    All of us send our deepest sympathy and we only wish that we could be with you in your time of sorrow. Please extend our condolences to the member of your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your friends at Bullis Doan & kitchen staff

    02/25/2008 –


    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. May God bless you and keep you.

    02/24/2008 –

    Jim & Leslie Dubey

    Fred & Jane,
    We are sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. You both will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    02/24/2008 –

    BJ Bralower

    Dear Judy and your wonderful family: I have loved all of your stories over the years about your family, growing up in Michigan, and most of all about your mother, Marie. I feel very fortunate that I was able to spend some time with your mom during her visits to the DC area. Please know that I am thinking of all of you at this time. Fondly, BJ

    02/23/2008 –

    Anne Street

    Dear Judy and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Judy has shared many stories with us and so we know how special your mother was. She was very lucky to have a family who cared so much.

    02/23/2008 –

    Arlene DiPiazza

    I loving tribute to a special person. My sincerest sympathies to her family.

    02/23/2008 –

    Glenda Thompson

    Mrs. Walkington was my 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Heights. She was tough, very tough. But I always look back at her as one of my favorite teachers. When I graduated from college she sent me a card saying she knew I would achieve success in life. I’ll never forget that card, it meant a lot to me. I have been a teacher all my life, currently teaching K and Pre K. I remember her as one of the biggest influences in my career choice.

    02/23/2008 –

    Don & Sharon Cooper

    Sorry to hear about your mom. It’s always sad to lose a parent. She was an active and well liked lady! Would like to be with you but it’s 82 degrees here! Don and Sharon

    02/23/2008 –


    My name is Kim (Smith) Anderson and I am sending condolences for my parents and I. My parents are in Florida and will not be able to attend the services. My mother, Pat (Kent) Smith, grew up across the street from the Walkington’s and all of the Kents have the fondest memories of her. I also have a fun memory of Marie, when I was little, I would walk across the street from my grandparents and ask Marie if I could pick some of her flowers, and she always said yes, the velvet ones were my favorites. I also saw Marie alot with my Dad’s(Tom Smith)mom,Gladys Smith, at the United Methodist Church. I always reminded her about the flowers. I just wanted you to know that my family is thinking of yours at this time and that we have wonderful memories of Mrs. Walkington.

    02/23/2008 –

    Jim & Diana Cathey

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all; Fred & Jane, Judy, Mary and Families.
    Love, Jim & Diana and Children

    02/22/2008 –

    Rob’t and Doris Christensen

    Dear Mary and family was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing,we shall keep you in our prayers

    02/22/2008 –

    Lee McMiillian

    I will miss you! You were a very important part of my life. I am thankful for your love and caring.

    02/22/2008 –

    Julie Brown

    Marie was a very special lady. I’ve known her since she was a teacher at Baldwin Heights. Always a smile on her face. I’ve enjoyed seeing her at church for all these years. I was sad when she could no longer attend. The Methodist choir, which I sing with, sang carols at the group home for her and Mr. Howerton this past Christmas. It was good to see her.
    May Marie find peaceful rest and celebration with our Lord Jesus Christ. Love, Julie Brown

    02/22/2008 –

    Steve & Erin Davis

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this.

    Lois Circle

    The members of Lois Circle send our love and prayers for everyone in Marie’s family. We have missed her at our meetings. She always made a great contribution when we had our programs and we enjoyed having her with us for all parts of our meetings.

    David and Lorri McGowan

    On behalf of the Fred McGowan family we would like to say that Marie was indeed a special lady. Always a postive thinker, always friendly. We will remember her daily walks around the neighborhood and her many visits to our dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
    The McGowan family.

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