Glendia Walker remembered for her outgoing personality

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 8:27 p.m. CST; updated 10:40 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA — When the music was turned on at a baby shower, Glendia Walker started dancing in her wheelchair, her close friend Janice Sanders recalled.

“Her personality? She was a hoot,” Sanders said.

Ms. Walker died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at University Hospital. She was 64.

She was born Glendia Berry on July 26, 1948, in Fulton and lived in Columbia for more than 20 years.

“She was like an adopted mom to me,” Sanders said. She was taking care of Walker while she was ill. The friends met in 2002 through work at Textron.

Even when chatting with strangers, Ms. Walker always had everybody laughing and always joked around, Sanders said. She was exceptionally outgoing.

“She was a really good woman, one of the people that when she was poor, she would make sure her kids ate before she ate,” Mark Roland, Ms. Walker’s son, said. “She was a good hearted woman and a hard worker.”

One of Roland’s fond memories with his mother was when they lived in Centralia, visiting the drive-in theater.

“She took good care of her kids,” Roland said.

She is survived by her three sons, Kendall Calvin, William Roland and Mark Roland; two sisters, Ruth Long and Trudy Dysart; and five grandchildren.

Ms. Walker was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia Huddleston and William Berry, and a brother William Berry .

As she wished, she was cremated and her ashes will be sprinkled over her great-grandmother’s grave. There will be a private family service.

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