Virginia Lee Walker, 74, daughter of Arthur and Dorothy (Schuder) Arrowsmith, was born Dec. 7, 1944, in Philadelphia, Penn. She passed away Sept. 6, 2019, of natural causes at University Hospital, Columbia, Mo.

She grew up in a military family of six children who traveled wherever her father was sent. When her father retired from the Air Force, the family settled in Port Charlotte, Fla. She attended and graduated from Charlotte High School.

Ginger married Floyd Laverne Walker and they had one daughter, Pamela Lynn. She started as a secretary at Port Charlotte Middle School, Fla., in 1971. She would continue to work there until she retired in 2005.

When Hurricane Charley went through Florida and destroyed the family home, she moved to Tyler, Texas, where she lived until her daughter remarried. Then she moved to Houston, Mo., where she lived in senior housing and made many friends. It was there that she was diagnosed with kidney failure, went on the transplant list, and began dialysis until she received a new kidney in October 2011. Later Ginger moved to Cabool to live in the high-rise where another group of friends soon grew. She was active in the Houston United Methodist Church and many other activities in the high-rise in Cabool.

Ginger is survived by her daughter, Pam (Chod) Briggs of Brandon, Neb.; her sisters, Patricia (Bill) Rice of Cabool, Mo. and Margaret (Johnny) Stinnett of Hillsboro, Texas; brother, Arthur (Norma) Arrowsmith of Port Angeles, Wash.; and seven grandchildren, Andrea Walker, Leigh (Brian) Williams, Jessyca Briggs, Justin (Sarah) Briggs, Ashley Briggs, Tyler Briggs, Alyssa Briggs; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alan and William Arrowsmith; and a granddaughter, Michelle Briggs.

Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Houston United Methodist Church, with a Celebration of Life beginning at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Terry Lippstreu officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston.


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