Well-known and well-respected throughout the Chickasaw Nation, Pauline Walker, 92, died Tuesday,July 31 in Ada, Okla.
Services were Friday, August 3 at the Chickasaw Community Center in Ada. Rev. Jackie Cooper officiated, assisted by Rev. Don Jacob.
Burial following in Steedman Cemetery.
"Pauline Walker was a true Chickasaw treasure," Gov. Bill Anoatubby said. "She was a quiet leader who possessed deep reserves of strength and resolve. Her presence among her people will be greatly missed."
Mrs. Walker was born May 6, 1920 at Allen, Okla., to William and Sally Dyer Alexander. She attended Kullihoma School.
She was a homemaker. Her husband, Simon Thurman Walker, preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 1990.
Mrs. Walker also served as a cook a the Chickasaw Nation Senior Site and was very well-regarded among Chickasaw elders.
She was fluent in the Chickasaw language and was a master teacher of our language. She was a member of the Chickasaw Language Committee.
She was also a quilter, seamstress and gardener. She enjoyed reading her Bible, and was a sports fan.
Mrs. Walker received the Circle of Honor Silver Feather Award in 2000, and was named a "Dynamic Woman of the Chickasaw Nation" in 2009.
She was a member of Mitchell Memorial Methodist Church and "The Chickasaw Cats."
The visitor center, Gov. Anoatubby said, will complement the tribe's ongoing efforts to promote tourism in the area.
She is survived by five sons, Wordley Walker, Herman Walker and wife Opal, all of Ada, Virgil A. Walker and wife Ramona Faye, and Gary Don Walker and wife LaVerna Maxine, all of Allen, and Toni Lynn Walker and wife Carolyn Sue, of Mill Creek, Okla.; four daughters, Saly Ann Graham and husband Bob, Gladys Johnson and husband David A., Hazel Wallace and husband Joe, all of Ada, and Rosie Mae Postoak, Allen; one brother, Hubert Alexander and wife Dorena, of Ada; one sister, Virginia Bolen and husband Jim, of Ada; 24 grandchildren, including two grandsons she raised, Timothy James Postoak and Darrell Wayne Walker; many great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sally Alexander; her stepmother, Jane Alexander; three brothers, five sisters, two infant children who died at birth, and a nephew.
Bearers were Thurman Walker, Darrell Walker, Timothy Postoak, Jason Wallace, Gary Don Walker Jr., and Ezekiel Walker.