IdaBelle (Gatton) Walker

February 15, 1918 ‒ December 24, 2009

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: In the book of Matthew Jesus speaks, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” IdaBelle Walker served our Lord, creating a foundation of faith for her family to follow. Now at peace she has finished her race and kept the faith. IdaBelle Walker passed away Thursday December 24, 2009 in her home at the age of 91.

IdaBelle was born on February 15, 1918 in Knox County to Milo and Bernice (Leedy) Gatton. Living during a time of extraordinary advancement, she was born into the age of oil lamps, and horse and buggies and leaves with space travel and supersonic flight.

She was graduated from Butler High School in 1936. In that very year on July 11 she was united in marriage to Robert R. Walker.

For 25 years IdaBelle worked for the Richland County Board of Education starting her career as secretary where her strong work ethic paid off as she was soon promoted to treasurer, retiring in 1983. However her focus was raising her family and teaching Godly values.

IdaBelle loved working with her hands. She did needlework and enjoyed hooking rugs. Spending many years hooking, she even cut and dyed her wool by hand. She completed many wall hangings and rugs often participating in the Kingwood Center Rug Shows. Self sufficient she often sewed her own outfits.

IdaBelle was a faithful member of the Apostolic Church on Middle Bellville Road where she once sang in the choir.

She will be remembered for her love for family and devotion to church as well. Hardworking, IdaBelle always extended a helping hand to those in need.

IdaBelle’s most important role was that of mother to her four children Robert (Diana) Walker of Pasadena, California, Carol Guiler of Bellville, Linda (Jan) Rempt of Phelan, California, and Patricia (David) Dumbaugh of Fredericktown; 13 grandchildren Vanessa (Daniel) Oakes, Alexis (Chris) McGinness, Peg, Fred (Diane), Robert (Julie), Deb, and Michael (Angela) Guiler, Vernon (Melissa) Ash, Jennifer (Dale) Detton, Paul (Ruby) Ash, Jan Michael (Jillian) Rempt, John (Amy) and Joseph (Tess) Dumbaugh; 27 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and extended family; close lifelong friends Betty Barton of Bellville, Ed, JoAnn and Esther Boliantz of Mansfield.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert R. Walker who passed away in 1984, brother Ken Gatton, and sisters Pauline Warren and Marie Swank; son-in-law Wallace Guiler.

The Walker family will receive friends, today, Sunday, December 27, 2009 from 2-5pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Monday at 11am. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Road or to Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.