Kenai resident Diane St. Jean Walker died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at her home. She was 67.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate. She has been cremated, and her ashes will be spread in a favorite woodland area in Massachusetts in the spring.
Mrs. Walker was born Feb. 16, 1937, in Auburn, Mass., to Barbara Mills St. Jean and Robert Richard St. Jean. She attended schools in Auburn and graduated in 1954. She attended the School of Nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital and transferred to Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where she and her husband met and married in 1959.
After a hiatus for her husband's graduation and the birth of her first daughter, Valerie, she resumed her studies and graduated with a major in English nine days after the birth of her second daughter, Barbara, in 1963.
She was a secretary, legal secretary and proofreader, but she was first and foremost a teacher. She taught school in Grafton, Auburn and Spencer, Mass.; worked in the library in Spencer and was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Conservation Commission and the Growth Policy Committee in Spencer.
Mrs. Walker came to Kenai in 1980 and was a tutor in the literacy program and a member of the writers' group.
"Diane loved intellect, wit, introspection and the written word. Learning and teaching were consistent and important elements in her life. Excellence was significant to her, and she held no one to a higher standard than she held herself. She was a writer, an avocational pianist, a botanist and a skilled seamstress," her family said.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas P. Walker of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Valerie Malanaphy and William Richmond of Kenai; daughter, Barbara Graham of Plymouth, Mass.; grandchildren, Samantha Graham of Plymouth and James "Jake" Malanaphy IV of Kenai; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and James Lucas of East Sandwich, Mass.; sister, Paula Humphrey of South Dennis, Mass.; and three nieces and a nephew.
The family prefers memorials be donated to either the Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669 or Kenai Community Library, 163 Main Street Loop, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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