Obituary — Maxine Loree Smith Walker
Memorial services will take place Jan. 25 for Maxine Loree Smith Walker, who died Jan. 7, 2003. She was 84.
Mrs. Walker was born May 19, 1918, at Pasadena, Calif., to Dolly and Harry Smith. The family moved to San Pedro, Calif., where she attended school, graduating from San Pedro High in 1936. She met and married Burgess Walker in 1938 and the couple moved to Dominguez, Calif. In 1947 she moved to Long Beach, Calif., where she raised her two sons. She was a full-time mother, who participated in her sons’ activities as Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and PTA president multiple times. She was the wedding coordinator for St. Luke’s Episcopal in Long Beach for several years.
Mrs. Walker was a perennial student, favoring crafts and various art forms. She was a gifted seamstress and met many of her friends through that medium. She enjoyed jewelry making, photography, calligraphy, stained glass, stamping, paper making and beading. She was intently curious and never stopped learning to know more. Her friendly, open manner helped her acquire friends from various walks of life. She had a knack for making people feel at ease and always welcome in her home. She moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1993, where she immediate joined the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center and made many friends. She participated in the Green Thumb seniors-to-work program and served as receptionist for Community Services until November 2002.
She is survived by her sons, Jeffery Dean Walker of Long Beach and Gary Allen Walker of San Jose, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Donna Thomson Walker; and grandchildren, Joi and Scott Walker. She was predeceased by her sister, Altadena.
Memorial services will begin at noon Jan. 25 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Arrangements are by McFarlane Mortuary.
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