Erma Walker, of Salem, 98, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2023 at Northwood in Salem Indiana. She was born on October 19, 1924, in Salem, the daughter of Lula and Thomas Stonecipher.
She was married to Roscoe Walker, on September 6, 1944. During their marriage of 61 years, they were active members of Salem First Christian Church. Erma served in many leadership roles, helping with Sunday School, CWF, the women's Circle groups and assisting with serving meals in various groups. After Roscoe's passing in 2005, she attended Blue River Baptist Church with her son, David.
She and Roscoe were members of the Salem Farmers Club for 35 years and Erma was a member of Tri-Kappa and the Washington County Homemaker's Club, holding leadership roles in these organizations. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and worked with Job's Daughters.
After her marriage, she changed from being a City Girl to a Country Girl, a role she relished and embraced wholeheartedly. She took over her duties of a farmer's wife, helping with farm chores, the dairy herd, milking cows and tending flowers. She worked at raising a garden, raising chickens, and finally raising a family.
Roscoe and Erma were blessed with 3 children, all who survive. They are Linda Hepler (Bill), Kennesaw, Georgia, Teresa Crockett, Naples, Florida and David Walker (Susan Rodman), Salem. They are also survived by 6 grandchildren, Cindy Fennel, Billy Hepler, Tori Gartz, Brad Walker, Lindsey Tabor, and Evan Walker, and 12 great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her husband, her parents, her siblings, Mary Frances Murray, Bill Stonecipher and Betty Motsinger, one grandson, Todd Crockett, one son-in-law, Terry Crockett and many beloved family members.
Erma began her career at Salem Building and Loan, immediately after graduating from Salem High School in 1942. After Roscoe returned from serving in the war overseas in 1944, he and Erma were married and she took a break from her career to concentrate on her new life. She returned to the Building and Loan Fund in 1956, working 33 years until her retirement in 1987, from Mid-Southern Federal Savings and Loan Association, where she was a Vice-President and Secretary of the Association.
Erma spent a lifetime of serving her family, her church and her community and felt the blessings in her life in always helping others and living a humble and loving life, always putting others first.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, but comforted knowing she is in her eternal home with her heavenly Father, and all her beloved family and friends who have gone before her.
Funeral Service: 10:00 am Saturday at Dawalt Funeral Home with Shane Morgan officiating, followed by interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Visitation: 5 to 8 pm, Friday and after 9 am Saturday until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers and memorial gifts, please consider a contribution to The Washington County Community Fund, in honor of Roscoe and Erma Walker, which is established for scholarships for Wonder Valley Camp.