Beverly J. Walker, 59, of Sarasota, FL, died Tuesday, January 30, 2007, at home.
Beverly's sons and their families will be returning to Marshall to hold a memorial on July 8, 2007 at 11:00am. The service will be held at Sunset Hill Cemetery at the gravesite of Ms. Walker's parents.
Memorials may be made to Tidwell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.
Ms. Walker a former resident of Marshall was born Beverly June Surber to Thelma Louise and Green Clay Surber, Jr. on June 4, 1947 in K.C., MO. She moved to Marshall with her parents and brother, Jerry L. Surber in the early 1960's. Beverly graduated from Marshall High School in 1965 and married Larry K. Walker in October of the same year settling in Kansas City, KS. Upon her husband's deployment to Vietnam in 1968, she returned to Marshall to welcome her first son, Mark Allen Walker, in February 1969. The Walkers eventually settled in Independence, MO and divorced in 1973. Ms. Walker continued to work in the clerical division of Forrest T. Jones in K.C., MO during this time and would eventually earn an LPN certificate and work as a nurse in the area for several years.
In 1977 Beverly and her son returned to Marshall where she would marry Cleo L. Durham, Jr. in March of 1978. The marriage would eventually end, but Beverly had her second son, Matthew Ryan Durham, with Cleo in May 1983. During this time period in Marshall she worked as a Parent Aide at the Blosser Home for Families and Children, Marsaline Manor as an LPN and at ConAgra Foods. After the birth of Matthew, Ms. Walker's health began to falter due to complications relating to progressive kidney failure. In 1991 Beverly and her younger son moved to Tampa, FL to be nearer to her older son, Mark. In the fall of 1992 Ms. Walker began peritoneal dialysis and would receive a kidney transplant in March of 1993 at Tampa General Hospital. While the transplant was successful Ms. Walker was never able to return to work. Then in 2003 after moving to Sarasota, FL, to be close to Mark's family which now included her first grandchild, Beverly was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation the cancer remained at bay for 3 years but would eventually cause her death.
Her last years were full of great things, another grandson would join Mark's family and Matt would marry and give her a granddaughter. In her final days Beverly was cared for very well by Hospice of SouthWest Florida but would come home to be surrounded by her sons and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both her parents and brother.
This daughter, sister, mother, aunt, & grandmother will be remembered by all who knew and loved her for a long, long time.
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