Lorene Walker, 93

Lorene Walker, 93, of Marshalltown, formerly of Mystic, Iowa, passed away on early Monday morning, October 12, 2020, at Glenwood Place in Marshalltown under the care of Iowa Hospice. Her family would like to thank Iowa Hospice and all of the staff at Glenwood Place for their excellent care – especially Pam Wells, Administrator.

A private funeral service for Lorene will take place at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, followed by burial at Moravia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Glenwood Place Memory Care in her memory. For additional questions, condolences or livestream information, please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call 641-844-1234.

Born Lillian Lorene Martin on December 15, 1926, in Ottumwa, she always preferred to be called Lorene. She was the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Kincade) Martin and grew up on their family farm west of Moravia. She graduated from Moravia High School, where she excelled at basketball and became an all-state player.

Lorene was united in marriage to Cleo Walker Jr. on July 15, 1945, in Appanoose County. Together they resided on their farm in Mystic, Iowa, where they raised their three children. As a young adult, she worked at the switchboard for the phone company in Moravia. Later she worked at JC Penney and finally as the bookkeeper at the Centerville National Bank.

In her free time, Lorene enjoyed playing cards and board games, dancing, listening to music, gardening and canning. She absolutely adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she loved attending their school concerts and watching them play sports and act in plays. The great grandchildren grew up spending a week or two every summer all at the same time, where they enjoyed fishing, going to the carnival and checking on the cattle with her and Cleo. Lorene was an excellent cook and was best known for her homemade noodles, cream cake and gooseberry jam. She and Cleo loved wintering in Las Vegas later in life. Lorene was a person who always gave so much of herself to her family and she will be greatly missed.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children: Linda (Ron) Newton and Dennis (Vicki) Walker; grandchildren: Cari (Steve) Teske, Chad Walker, Amy (Bob) Kramer and Andrea (Zac) Olson; great grandchildren: Trenton, Tanner and Treye Teske, Riley, Addyson and Ashtyn Kramer, Layton and Kael Koch and Morgan Walker; and four brothers: Jerry, Bob, Richard and Gary Martin.

In eternal life, Lorene has been reunited with her parents; her loving husband, Cleo; her son Craig Walker; a grandson in infancy, Martin Dykes; her two sisters and a brother.