June 2, 1942 – September 10, 2016
Our beautiful mother, Karen Kay (Doig) Walker, was born of Scottish heritage on June 2, 1942 to her loving parents, Joseph III and Josephine (Casto) Doig in Charleston, WV. Larry J. Doig is her only sibling and older brother.
Early childhood years were spent in Kanawha County in St. Albans, WV, where she attended Highlawn Grade School (Rah, rah, rah!) Her father was transferred with Union Carbide to Seadrift, TX; and the family moved to Victoria, TX. That 12-year old girl could not wait to see the big ranch they’d own, the horses they’d ride, and the 10-gallon cowboy hats & boots to daily wear … because that’s what “all” Texans did back then! While that surely wasn’t the case, watching old westerns was as close as she got. Karen made her profession of faith, was saved at age 5, and has loved the Lord her entire life. The Doigs were members of the Baptist Temple. She attended Crain Jr. High and Victoria High School. With the most beautiful voice, she was a valued member of the choir. Upon her 1960 VHS graduation, it was straight on to obtain her nursing degree from Victoria College, and a special certification in Electroencephalographic Technology from UTMB, Galveston, TX.
How appropriately this wise and compassionate woman was called to this profession to be a loving provider of care to so many! She was an excellent nurse. Her career included Citizens Memorial Hospital, Victoria, TX; Sharpstown Hospital, Houston, TX; TDC-Retrieve, Angleton, TX; The Hampton, Houston, TX; Paragon Hospice, Houston, TX; and concluded her lengthy career this summer due to her health at Sugar Land Healthcare, Sugar Land, TX. Along the journey of nursing she took a few breaks which included: Stay-At-Home Mom (which was her MOST favorite); co-owner of a furniture store in Angleton, TX; and Warden’s Secretary, TDC-Darrington, Rosharon, TX.
In 1965, Karen married the handsome and talented V. Ronald Walker of Port Lavaca, TX, her best friend. His architecture career brought them to Houston, TX. They were blessed with two children, Dawn and Todd. Their church memberships were first at Gethsemane Methodist, where they sang together in the choir; and then at West University Baptist. From their home in West University Place, TX, to the big city of Angleton, TX, the Walkers relocated in 1975 when Ron opened his own firm. Upon their arrival they became members at First Baptist Church; and then moved their letter to Second Baptist Church, their 2nd Family.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, with grace Karen went home to Glory to be with her Lord and Savior. With strength and humor to the end, she faced what was before her. Karen was no stranger to facing challenges. She triumphed, with God’s healing hands, over Polio and paralysis as a 4-year old girl. Throughout her life into her Heavenly promotion, she was always confidently ready to go. She was surrounded by her precious family and friends as she was loved into the arms of Jesus.
Karen, or KaKa to her grandchildren, is survived by her children, daughter, Dawn (Walker) & George Ruth, III; and son, Todd & Linda (Heczman) Walker; her precious grandchildren, Trey Foss, Victoria (Hernandez) & Fabian Galavez, Adrianna Ruth, Spencer Ruth, Tiffany Foss, Tyler Oden, Tommy Walker, Kierra Ruth & Eric Allen, Adam Ruth, Kyndall Oden, & Monica Ruth; and greats, Laila Foss, Mariah & Fabian Galavez, Jr., and Baby Allen, due in November. She is also survived by her brother, Larry J. & Brenda (Meisner) Doig; her special nephews, Danny & Michael, and niece, Andrea, & families; WV cousins, and other family. Special friends survived by her are many, but especially Brenda Alexander, Edobor Benjamin, Carlie Hinchman, Scott Ramon, Denise Lewis, and her sidekick Beverly Todd.
The celebration service to remember Karen will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, Angleton, Texas.
Mother, not only were you the most selfless and giving as a Christian woman, you were the best wife, mother, friend, nurse. You are SO very loved!! We will try to aspire to show others the love, strength, and hope in Christ that you have lived. Thank you, Mom!! We rejoice that you are in your Heavenly Home, though we will miss your beautiful big green eyes, the warmth of your touch, the wisdom you impart, and the unique humor to that which is … you.
God bless you, dearest Mother!!