Posted 12/02/14 (Tue)
Funeral service for Annie Walker, 80, of Cartwright, N.D., was held Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview, Mont., with Pastor Roberta Pierce officiating. Interment was held in the Yellowstone Point Cemetery, Cartwright, N.D.
Annie Catherine Walker went to be with her husband John for his birthday on Nov. 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family in her home on the family ranch, where she has lived for last 62 years. Annie Catherine Lindecker was born on March 19, 1934 to Ernest and Mary (Lester) Lindecker in a tarpaper shack near Charbonneau, N.D. She attended the Charbonneau School for 12 years, finishing high school through the Division of Supervised Study graduation in 1952. She was raised on the farm helping with the farm chores, milking cows, taking care of the chickens and washing eggs. She also was the loving babysitter of her baby brother George. She learned how to cook and she could cook a whole meal out of almost nothing. Nobody left her table hungry. On April 29, 1952, she married John D. Walker and started the life of a ranch wife. She especially liked the calving season when she could go out in the hills and check on the herd. There they raised two boys, John and George, and three girls, Mary, Dorothy and Vera. They lived as close to the Yellowstone River as you can get, but she never lost a one of them to the river. She did find them in a mud hole a few times. But she herded them back with a stick. There was always a place for the neighbor kids. She did a good job of herding them too. She always had room at the table for them. She stayed on the ranch after John’s death in 1987, still helping with the day-to-day working of the ranch with her oldest son, John. After her son John’s declining health, she rented the place next to her son George. Even after renting the place by George, she and John still milked cows, had chickens and sometimes, a few pigs. She separated the milk, sold the cream, and churned lots of butter. Right up to a few years ago, she canned everything she could get her hands on. Annie loved teaching her grandchildren the ranch life, canning, sewing and most of all, sharing her large doll collection. Then she got great grandchildren; a new generation to teach and love. She loved every minute of it. She made all of her grandchildren baby quilts when they were born. She loved baking cookies for their birthdays. All but one; he wanted her cranberry crunch, because no one made it like his grandma. Annie will be dearly missed by her family. She was the glue that held them together.
Annie is survived by: her son, George (Holly) Walker, Cartwright N.D.; her daughters, Mary (Jerry) Erickson, Williston, N.D.; Dorothy (Darwin) Johnson, Fairview, Mont., Vera (Kelly) Walker Boyle, Katheryn, N.D.: three granddaughters, Daphne (Ralph) Clark, Angela (Dennis) Thunker and Annie (Corey Johnson) Ruff; four grandsons, Douglas Walker, Jonathan Johnson, Aaron (Terra) Erickson and Christopher Erickson; four great grandsons, Calvin, Jonathan, Rambur and Zackary; three great granddaughters, Haley, Tegan and Addyson; two brothers, August Lindecker and George Lindecker of Alexander, N.D.; two sister-in-laws, Evonne Berg, Devils Lake, N.D., and Lucille Chichester of Ariz., several nieces, nephew and cousins.
Annie was preceded in death by her husband John D. Walker; her son John E. Walker; her granddaughter Jacquelynn Erickson; her sister May Olson; and her parents.
Remembrances, pictures and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.