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Barbara E. Walker

Birth Date: December 28, 1937
Death Date: April 17, 2018

Barbara Elizabeth Walker, 80, of Forsyth, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born December 28, 1937, in Cantrall, IL, to John and Clara C. (Watts) Noonan. She married Walter L. Walker on December 20, 1980, in Decatur, IL. He passed away December 24, 2017. Barbara was a devoted member of Women of the Moose and Westminster Presbyterian Church. She loved puzzles, reading and traveling.

She is survived by her six children, William Williamson of Silex, MO, Glen P. (Ann) Williamson of Decatur, IL, Walter (Teal) Walker of Decatur, IL, Peggy Ann Banks of Mahomet, IL, Erica (Larry) Traylor of Columbia, S.C., and Valentina (Chief) Logan of Argenta, IL; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, John M. Noonan, Jr. of AL; and two sisters, Mary Ann Young of Springfield, IL and Kathleen (Ron) Gerald of Illiopolis, IL.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; a granddaughter, Brooke Elizabeth Williamson; great-grandson, Christian Tindall; and one brother, William R. Noonan.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Barbara Walker will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Mooseheart Child City and School, Inc 240 W James J Davis Dr
Mooseheart, Illinois 60539.

The family of Barbara Walker is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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April 21, 2018
3:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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April 21, 2018
1:00 pm
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  1. Mr n Mrs Walker were my teacher n librarian n pom pom leader when I was in school ….if it weren't for the both of them I would have never made it through school. They were precious people and will b missed by many …R.I.P

  2. Jack, Kay and MaryAnn I am so sorry to hear this. I just found out. My last memory of her was at my surprise birthday party in 2016. It was a good time and her and a Kay and spouses were there. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. I have lots of memories going to Uncle John's house. Hugs to all.

  3. This is sister in law Barb Noonan and Brother Jack Noonan. Because of health issues we can’t be with the family at this time. We shared many wonderful and great times together as our families were growing up. Lord please be with her children in their grief and bring comfort to them.

  4. I remember thinking how incredibly thoughtful it was for her to make sure we all had a present, even when we lived so far away. She used to send Christmas cards too, even as adults. She made sure that we all knew we were thought of and loved during the holidays…sharing God's love here on earth.

  5. I was the librarian at SV High School and Harristown Elementary from 2003-2015. Barb was a very faithful volunteer; and as a former librarian herself, she knew the ropes. 🙂 My sincere condolences to the family.

  6. I want to extend my sympathies to Barb's family. I am so glad I had a chance to visit with her at Walt's visitation. She will be missed. I will be at the funeral of my husband's aunt tomorrow in Altamont so I will be thinking of her and the family.
    Saundra Dickman

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Know that God loves you and He loves Barb as well. Aunt Emily Noonan

  8. Aunt Barb was a very loving and kind lady. I have such fond memories of family Christmas gatherings at her house, where she made sure her many nieces and nephews each had a gift. =) She had such a big heart and loved family gatherings!!! She always brought us together in Branson for 5 year reunions so, even though we were all spread far across the country, we could reconnect. That meant the world to me and I loved her very dearly for organizing such wonderful events. She will be missed but I thank God that her sorrow, pain and suffering have come to an end. I send my hugs and love to my cousins and I am sorry I will miss giving them a hug personally at her memorial service. Love and prayers to you all!
    Della (Noonan) Young

  9. Aunt Barb was a beautiful lady inside and out. Memories of the Noonan Family reunion in Branson and Christmases will be cherished memories for life. Aunt Barb is now in her husband's loving arms. We will miss you. Heaven has gain a beautiful angel.

  10. Mrs. Walker was my drill team coach. She was always there for me and helped me a lot the few years I was in Niantic. She was a very sweet person and will be greatly missed.

  11. I love this lady forever.. she was my PomPon coach, teacher, friend and a lady I will always love.. she was a mom to everyone she was around.. ms Barb bought my first and only prom dress.. she will always be in my heart.. it's so sad I lost my own mom n March, this is so sad.. Im praying for you all, especially you Peggy Ann.. I pray for u all, I know how u feel.. it's a terrible loss to lose ur mother.. now she and Walt are back together :white_frowning_face::cry:

  12. here and i talked all night long coming back from a pom pom competition in a snow blizzard….she was like my best friend that night…love her

  13. I remember spending the summer at their house in Missouri and going to Vacation Bible School, having duck and caviar for the first time while there. And so many Christmas’s at their home – presents for everyone. The pain is not from her departure, but knowing you’ll have to wait to see her again. All our love and condolences, Dan & Jeanne Moore

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