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Mildred I. Walker, born July 2, 1930, in Mercedes, TX, to Bob and Velma Dicus and passed away on April 25, 2017.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 3:00 pm at First Baptist Church, in Richmond, Texas.
Mildred graduated from La Feria High School, in 1947, and from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, in Belton TX, where she majored in Political Science and Bible, in 1952. She was a member of Royal Academia Literary Society, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, and Student Government.
Mildred married William (Bill) R. Walker on Sept. 6, 1952, and moved to Richmond in 1959, where she taught at Jane Long Elementary for 3 years, Lamar Jr. High, for 12 years, and was named L.C.I.S.D. Teacher of the Year in 1973 and 1974. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mildred retired in 1982 after 15 years of teaching.
After retirement, Mildred researched, wrote, and performed a dramatic monologue on the life of Jane Long (the Mother of Texas) which she performed for school children and civic organizations for 18 years.
Mildred was very active in Fort Bend County. She was a member of Friends of the Library, Women’s Club of Rosenberg, Ft. Bend Museum Association (on the board of directors for 6 years), Ft. Bend Historical Commission, First Baptist Church of Richmond, Retired Teacher’s Association, and chaired the Richmond Sesquicentennial in 1987. She was honored by the Texas Historical Commission for dedication to the historical and cultural heritage of Ft. Bend County and by the Texas Classroom Teacher’s Association for her contributions to public education. In 2016, the City of Richmond honored her by declaring April 26th “Mildred Walker Day”.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; her children, Margaret Curnow and husband Bob Curnow, of Colorado Springs, CO, Ruth Chapman and husband Terry Chapman, of Norman, OK, William R. Walker Jr., of Houston, TX, David E. Walker and wife Shonnie of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Joe Curnow and partner Andrew Kohan, Kate Curnow, Haylee Davis and husband Thomas Davis, Caroline Chapman, Shelby Hutson, and Mark Cole; siblings, Frances Metheny Garrison, of Bedford, TX, Nancy Beck, of Brownsville, TX, Herman Dicus, of Corpus Christi, TX, Susie Gottman, of Harlingen, TX, James Dicus, of Austin, TX, Ruth McCorkle, of Harlingen, TX, and Robert C. Dicus, of Harlingen, TX.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. and Velma Dicus; sister, Linda Brookman, of Medford, OR.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mildred’s name to the Alumni Association Scholarship fund at University of Mary Hardin Baylor, the First Baptist Church of Richmond, the Fort Bend County Museum, or the George Memorial Library.
Words of condolence may be left for the Walker family @www.epcompean.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of E.P. Compean Funeral Directors, 1223 Sixth St., Rosenberg, Texas 77471. (281) 238-4443.
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