Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Betty Frances Walker, 77, Montrose


Betty Frances Walker, 77 of Montrose, IA died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Great River Medical Center in Burlington, IA.
She was born February 9, 1941 in Wever, IA the daughter of Maurice, Sr. and Mildred Byers Ireland. Betty was first married to Fred Schrader, Sr., and to this union three children were born. They later divorced. On December 16, 1978 Betty was united in marriage to Billy Dean “Bill” Walker in Ft. Madison, IA. He preceded her in death on July 26, 2018.


Betty graduated from Denmark Academy in Denmark, IA with the Class of 1958.
Betty began her employment at Armour Dial in Ft. Madison, IA when it first opened in 1972. She retired in 2006 after thirty-four years of service.
Betty was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Keokuk.
Betty was generous with her time and talents. For over fifty years, she volunteered at the Tri State Rodeo in Ft. Madison, IA. She enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to her flower gardens and taking care of all the feathered friends that visited her yard. Betty was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and a Nascar fan of the #48 car. Betty was a dedicated supporter of her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. She loved decorating for the holidays and hosting family get-togethers. She was a wonderful cook, who always prepared a large meal to please everyone and had enough food for an army.
She is survived by two daughters, Kelly Enke of Denmark, IA and Korenda Bell of Keokuk, one son, Fred Schrader, Jr. (Stacey) of Keokuk, two step-daughters, Sandy Andrews of West Point, IA and Tracy Morgan of Kaiser, MO, two step-sons, Mike Walker of Houston, TX and David Walker of Magnolia, TX, three granddaughters, seven grandsons, seven great-grandchildren, one brother, Lyle Ireland (Barb) of Burlington, IA and one sister, Emma Reynolds of Keokuk.
Besides her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Maurice Ireland, Jr., three sons-in-law, Charlie Bell, Gene Enke and Randy Andrews and one great-grandchild, Braxton Bell.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m, Tuesday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Pastor David Turner officiating. Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery in rural Ft. Madison, IA.
Visitation will be held after 1 p.m., Monday at the funeral home with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the City of Christmas or the First Christian Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

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