Surrounded by family and friends, Darlene Walker, 73, passed away July 15, 2006, following a short illness. Darlene was born March 30, 1933, in Dent to Roscoe and Myrtle (Fox) Paris. She and her only sibling Russell grew up in the small, high country community of McCoy, where her father worked as a railroader. There on Feb. 4, 1951, she married her dashing West Texas Cowboy, Billy O’Walker. Four children were born to this union. Throughout their long and loving marriage, she dedicated herself to her family and home. Bill and Darlene ranched and pipelined for many years in Texas and Colorado before settling in the Four Corners region in 1972. She loved painting, crafts, her circle of friends at the Aztec Senior Citizens Center, and most of all, her family. She never met a stranger in her life. Unfailingly cheerful, warm, and full of laughter, Darlene absolutely delighted in life. With quiet strength, dignity, and extraordinary wit, she faced her world’s many challenges with a smile. For this, she will be missed.She leaves behind her a legacy of love and the importance of family. She is survived by her children, Linda Walker of Terlinqua, Texas, Sam Walker of Aztec, N.M., Debbie Walker of Ignacio, and Marti Anderson of Bayfield; grandchildren Willy Walker-Blackstock and Kelly Sufficool, Jonce and Seth Walker and Christina Walker-Steele, and Shonda R. and Dusty Anderson. Her husband preceded her in death on July 22, 1992. A memorial and funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Aztec, located at 123 E. Chaco Ave., followed by a graveside service and burial at the Florida Cemetery in Durango, located at 2061 County Road 223.
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