Resident of Los Altos
February 2, 1924 to May 30, 2013
We mourn the passing of long term resident, Betty Walker.
Betty was born and raised in southern California. She got her start in clinical laboratory work as a member of the Women’s Army Core during WWII and after her tour of duty completed a Bachelor of Science degree at San Jose State College and did a year of graduate work at UC Berkeley. After completion of her degree she received her clinical laboratory license and public health microbiologist certification, eventually becoming a laboratory director for Physician’s Laboratories, from which she retired in 1998. Simultaneously, Betty began instructing in the Biology Department of SJSU in 1962; teaching a variety of courses in the department until 1987.
While studying at SJSC, Betty met her future husband, Robert Walker (1924-2004), when he had the luck of being assigned the seat between Betty and her good friend in one of their classes. Bob and Betty were married in 1949 and took up residence in San Jose. Six years later they started a family, moving to Los Altos in 1958, to a house that remains in the family today. The home is fondly remembered by her children as the place where all their friends liked to hangout.
In addition to their own three children and two grandchildren, Bob and Betty “adopted” the couple across the street and became grandparents to their two children. Betty was a woman that touched the hearts of the people she met and will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren for her warmth, laughter, sewing skills, and cookies.
Besides spending time with her family, Betty enjoyed reading, travel, and helping others. After retirement she found an excellent outlet for some of these passions by volunteering at the Palo Alto VA hospital and becoming an active member of P.E.O. Chapter UB, including several years serving as President of the Nearly New Shop in Sunnyvale.
Betty is survived by her brother David Wayne of Rowe Mass., three children Lynette Sawyer, Barbara Nordman, and Wayne Walker, two grandchildren Erika and Jamie, and two great-grandchildren as well as five step-great-grandchildren.