Thursday, October 28, 2010

Betty Jean Walker, 82, of Springdale, Ark., passed away peacefully on October 23, 2010, at The Maples in Springdale. She was a 62-year resident of Springdale, and active in local, state and national organizations.

Betty was born in Seligman, Missouri, to E. C. and Ruth McClain Hooker as the youngest of four children. She graduated high school in Seligman, then attended both Southwest Missouri State in Springfield and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She was a featured singer with a local orchestra while in Springfield.

After she came to Springdale, Betty owned and operated the Springdale Credit Bureau and was also the original Business Manager of Springdale Memorial Hospital (now Northwest Medical Center).

Her local activities included serving on the Washington County Selective Service Draft Board, Beta Sigma Phi and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Betty was active in the Republican Party on the County, State and national level, including serving as a Voting Delegate to two Republican National Conventions. She was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) in the Department of Defense.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. She is survived by her husband, William C. "Bill" Walker of the home, daughters Jeanne Walker of Louisville KY and Jan Walker of Springdale, her sister Teena Carpenter of Fayetteville, one grandchild and three great grandchildren.

Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday October 26th at the Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale. A memorial service was held at Sisco Chapel on Wednesday October 27 at 11 a.m. There will be a private family burial.

Pallbearers are David Carpenter, Joe Herriman, Adrian Luttrell, Jim Crouch, Clay Galloway and Paul Bynum Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Stuart Hooker, Brent Hooker, Kendall Carpenter, Jim Cypert, Pierce Smith, Howard Sutton, Paul Davis, Gene Thompson, Harold Beisel, Andy Penzo, Don Marts, Bobby Hopper, Ken Galloway, Jim Buchanan, and Betty's chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff of The Maples at Harbor Meadows, who for five years consistently treated Betty with respect, good humor and loving care. They also wish to thank the kind and supportive staff of Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.

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