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Mary Elizabeth Macke Walker

Mary E. Walker obitMary Elizabeth Macke Walker, age 96, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2021 at her home in Crockett.

Mary was born August 25, 1924 in Goose Creek, TX to parents, John Henry Macke and Vertie Ann Barber Macke. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown where she was voted most popular and most likely to succeed. Her life adventure continued at Sam Houston State College. Upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she, like many others, left school to support the war effort, beginning work for at the Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon) in Baytown. On VJ Day, August 15, 1945, she was assigned to work at the Naval Aviation Supply Depot in Oahu, Hawaii. Mary was later transferred to the Eighth Army in Fukuoka, Japan. She often related stories of her adventures traveling on military transport about the Pacific. She later returned to her same job at Exxon, but after four years returned to work for the Army in Japan during the Korean War. At an Eastern Star meeting in Yokosuka, Japan she met Harold Walker. Soon after, they were married on the naval base. After nine years in the Marine Corps, Harold was transferred back to the states. He retired and moved the family to Houston to finish his degree and be close to family. In 1963, Harold took a job with Rex Cauble (a local rancher) and moved the family to Crockett. After a few years, Harold opened his public accounting business with Mary as the secretary. Always wanting her degree, Mary went back to Sam Houston, earned a BBA in accounting in 1980 at 56 years old. When the children suggested that it would be “neat” if both their parents were CPAs, Mary passed the CPA exam and went to work in Harold’s firm.

A rich family history in the colonization of America and Texas stimulated an interest in genealogy. In 1991, she was selected for the Board of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She became the President General for DRT and an Honorary State Regent. She later became the East Texas Colony Regent for Texas Division Magna Charta Dames and Barons and the National Teller Chairman and Texas President for the United States Society Daughters of the War of 1812 and the Texas Governor and National Chairman for Auditing for the Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars. She belongs to over twenty other lineage organizations and participated at various levels of activity in those. Her most prized membership was in the National Gavel Society, an association of Chairs and past Chiefs of National Lineage Societies. Mary was made an Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy in 2008 and awarded the Yellow Rose of Texas by Governor Rick Perry for her contribution to Historical Societies in Texas.

She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, attending the First United Methodist Church in Crockett, a 80+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Rainbow girls, a life member of Beta Sigma Phi, active in her local political party, a charter member of the Mission Tejas State Park Association and a Charter Member and Honorary President of the Barrow Family Association of America. She was neighborhood chairman for the Girl Scouts for twelve years.

Mary and Harold loved to travel all over the world and raised their children to do the same. Their home was always full of guests and known as a place for great entertaining.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Harold Mack Walker; parents, John Henry Macke, Sr. and Vertie Ann Barber Macke; brothers, William Barber Macke, John Henry Macke, Jr; and nephew, Bill Macke. Mary is survived by her son, Dr. John Patrick Walker and wife, Marilyn; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Walker, Janet Elaine Walker, Mary Jane Walker all of Crockett; grandchildren, Michael Quackenbush May, III of Princeton, NJ, Patrick Walker May of St. Petersburg, FL, Andrew Patrick Walker and Katherine Elizabeth Walker of Crockett; nieces, Theresa Ramsey and Mary Sue Mullen of Crockett, Melissa Macke of Atlanta, GA; nephews, Michael Macke of Atlanta, GA, John Macke of Streetman, TX, Scott Macke of Burleson, TX; numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and special family friends, Buddy Clonts, Howard Thomas and Michael Funk. A very special Thank You to Grace Petschal who took great care of our mother for over 3 years and to Traditions Hospice who have been providing excellent care for over 16 months.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Crockett. A private, family burial will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. Visitation will be held at The Walker Home on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 6 – 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church of Crockett/ Shiloh Fund at 701 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX  75835.

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  1. The Members of Stephen Williams Chapter #291, N.S.U.S.D. of 1812, Texas Society, College Station, Texas, grieve for the Walker family in the loss of our beloved member and friend, Mary. She was a loving and caring friend, mentor, and devoted to all her historical societies. We will miss her friendly smile and sharp in-puts on life. Love to all the family members. Claire Cole Lillie, Honorary State President, Texas Society of 1812, Chapter Treasurer.

  2. Mrs. Walker was a wonderful wife and mother who we have known since 1967… We know that she will be missed by many friends and family… May God the Father welcome her with open arms and continue to bless her children, grandchildren, and family.

  3. Thank you for sharing so many details of a wonderful life! Harold and Mary were some of the first to welcome me to Crockett when Larry and I were dating. They were part of Mutt and Dottie’s gang and we loved watching them show us how to enjoy life while also giving to the community. Your family showed great love in caring for her in her declining years. God Bless you all with great memories to fill the void of her passing.

  4. My heart goes out to all of you. Mary was such a special lady.I have such great memories of her through the years. I remember how happy we were when ya’ll loved Red River as much as we did.

  5. My condolences to the entire Walker family. Mrs Walker was a delightful lady and very charming whenever our paths crossed. She indeed had a life well lived. She certainly lived the aims and purposes of Beta Sigma Phi throughout her life. Praying God’s blessings and comfort during your time of grief.

  6. Rest well my friend and sister. A life well lived. Star Love! Mary Jo

  7. My fondest memories of traveling the south with Mack and Mary. Jerry and I had so much fun in our adventures with this remarkable family. Mary you always have a place in my heart. So happy you are home with the Lord. To the family, Patrick, Sissy and Janet Elaine, may you rest in the peace that your mom lived a great life. Hope to see you someday in the near future.
    God Bless y’all.

  8. I am very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Mary and my mother were almost the same age. I was always praying for Mary’s good health. Rest in peace.
    I should have visited Crockett to see Mary. I had a great time with Mr.and Mrs. Harold Walker, Patrick, sissy, Janet and Mary Jane. I really appreciate them very much.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.

  9. Words have no meaning when hearts are broken. I wish for comfort and healing for the entire Walker family. Earth lost a beautiful lady and heaven just gained its newest Angel. Rest in peace Mary Elizabeth and I will see you soon!

    Love always,

  10. To the Walker children:
    Thank you for sharing all the details of your mother’s fascinating life. She was an inspiration to all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  11. She never liked me calling her grandmother, but she was mine for many years. She was an amazing woman who helped me a lot (along with Harold) while growing up. She will be missed.

    I hope Harold and her are having a blast up in heaven!

  12. Words are not enough to express the sorry I have.
    She will be missed.

  13. What a fascinating woman. I have fond memories, while growing up, of being one of the many guest in the Walker welcoming home.
    Thoughts and prayers, and hugs to Sissy, Patrick, Mary Jane, and Janet. I know she will live on thru you all and her family.

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