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Virginia “Irene” Walters

June 20, 2017

Virginia “Irene” Walters, 91, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.

She was born August 15, 1925 at Glen Elder the daughter of Howard and Anna Josephine Arasmith Oplinger.  Irene grew up in the Jewell community and graduated from Jewell High School.  She also graduated from the Jane C. Stormont School of Nursing in Topeka.

Irene was a R.N. and had been the Director of Nursing at the St. Marys Manor.  She worked at the Friendship House in Wamego after she retired from nursing.  Irene was a member of the Rossville Bible Church.

On September 7, 1947 she married Arthur David Walters at Jewell.  He preceded her in death on June 11, 1970.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister Geneva McAlavey.

Survivors include three sons, Gary (Carol) Walters, Red Oak, IA., Mark (Barb) Walters, Lincoln, NE, and John (Joelle) Walters, Lewistown, PA; a daughter, Ruth Ann (Mike) Gee, Home, KS; a brother, Dan (Janice) Oplinger, CA; a sister, Jennifer Roth, CA; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Interment will be private at the Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Irene Walters Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home.




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19 thoughts on “Virginia “Irene” Walters

  1. Irene cared about the most important thing; where you would spend eternity. I am thankful she took time to have a Bible club in her home when I was young. She was a great lady who put others first.

  2. Dear Ruth Ann,
    I was always inspired by your mother’s quick wit and feistiness. My mother and Irene were buddies before they were roommates. For the past few months I knew she was declining. She would always acknowledge and smile at me when I brought flowers to her and mom. The past few weeks she was always sleeping when I came to their room. I knew whichever of them passed first would be hard on the one remaining. Mom doesn’t seem to understand where Irene went. Maybe the Alzheimer’s can be a blessing at times. You have my sympathy and prayers. Judy Fankhauser Korber (Helen’s oldest daughter)

  3. From the Boyd Caudill Family – Don and Clarita, Richard and Mary Jo – we were neighbors across the street for many years. She was faithful to visit and pray for us in times of trouble. Our hearts and prayers go out to her children.

  4. Irene was a faithful Saint of God. She had the gift of hospitality and was a true prayer warrior. She had a profound impact on my life and that of my boys as she led each of them to Christ in her Sunday School class. I have many fond memories of her and my boys loved making tin can ice cream with her. She will be greatly missed.

  5. We send our sincere sympathy to the family of dear Irene. Her children are a reflection of the wonderful mother she was to Gary, Mark, Ruth Ann and John. She was a sweet, caring lady & always had a kind word for all. May each of you carry her spirit forever in your hearts.

  6. To the Walters family –

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Needless to say, your mom was an amazing person and I’m truly grateful for the time that I spent with her. I learned countless life lessons that I will always hold dear. One of my fondest memories of your mom was making homemade ice cream in Folgers cans…will never forget it!

    May she rest in peace.

  7. Ruth Ann & the Walters family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great lady!

    Your mom and my mom were room mates. One day I went to visit my mom but stopped short of their doorway…our moms were having the best conversation, just two pals chatting away! They sure kept each other company.
    Your mother will be missed & you & your family are in my prayers.
    Debra Fankhauser
    Helen’s youngest daughter

  8. Ruth Ann and all the family of Irene–My deepest sympathy. She was a caring person. May your memories comfort you.

  9. To the Walters family.
    Your mother was a wonderful servant of Jesus. I am so thankful that she had Bible club in her home in the 1970’s. I remember her teaching the Bible using flannelgragh after she would get off of work. She had us memorize hundreds of Bible verses which has been such a great help. At Christmas she would take the Bible club up to Mary’s care home and we sang Christmas songs to those folks. Good memories.

  10. So sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. I worked as a CNA at St Marys Manorin the early 90’s. She was a great inspiration to me plus being a friend. Will be praying for the family.

  11. Your mom was a beautiful women. She inspired me to become a nurse. She lived her faith. She felt part of our family and we all have wonderful memories. She is truly “home” now. God has gained a wonderful angel. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. To all the Walters family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Irene was such a lovely person & so very kind. My condolences & prayers to you all.

  13. John and Ruth Ann, I have fond memories of your Mother stopping in to visit my Dad when he was diagnosed with cancer and then continuing those visits with my Mom after Dad passed. Her visits always uplifted all of us. We have missed seeing her since she left St Marys. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Mrs. Walters was a wonderful Christian woman who lived out her faith, a true servant of the Lord. She taught me more about the Bible and Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation than anyone. I am honored to have known her. Our sympathy to her family. The Brunworths

  15. Condolences, your mom was so very important to my family when mom needed home care. She surely had a lot of challenges trying to work around our mess! I always thought a lot of you, too, Ruth.
    May God grant you comfort and peace as you honor your mother.

  16. Gary, Mark, Ruth Ann and John,
    So very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many. Sending prayers for comfort and understanding to all of you. God be with you each one and give you peace during this difficult time.

  17. To all the Walters family, I offer my sympathy. Your mom and dad both were great people. She was a wonderful neighbor when I lived in town.
    May she rest in peace.

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