Mildred Marie Walter

Published 1:45 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mildred Marie Walter was born April 3, 1924 in Columbia, MO to Ethel Burns Smith and Henry Thomas Smith.

She met her future husband Edwin D. Walter when he was her teacher at Hickman High School in Columbia. She attended the University of Missouri and then they were married in 1943 in Houston, TX before “Ed” left to serve in the 8th Air Force in England.

They moved to Troy, Alabama in 1959 where they became active members of the 1st United Methodist Church and Choir. Millie also often created altar flower arrangements for special occasions. “Millie” also sang at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for several years, serving as soloist in both churches.

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She was past president of Troy women’s Club, Faculty Wives Club and Troy Music Study Club.

She was also a member of the St. Andrews Society (Montgomery), Friends of Magnolia Wood and Young at Heart.

“Millie” often assisted her husband at art fairs all over the south – where they made numerous life-long friends. She was known for her eye-catching outfits often matching the colors of her husband’s glass.

Before “Ed” retired form Troy (State) University, Millie often hosted students needing a mom and a good meal. She once threw together a lunch for an entire visiting basketball team – who were sent afterwards into the backyard to gather pecans to take home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ed, he brothers Earl Smith and Norris Smith (Columbia, MO) and half-sister Ethel Pauline Rollins (Columbia, MO) and a niece Estelle Bernice Dunn (Daphne, Al).

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Walter (Troy), Carolyn Walter (Eureka Springs, AK), son David Walter and his wife Michell (Troy), one granddaughter, Kallie Elizabeth Thomas and her husband Alan Thomas (Kansas City, KS) and great-grandson Elias Thomas.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm with funeral services being held at 5:00 pm in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Interment will be in Green Hills Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial flowers may be placed on the altar of the 1st United Methodist Church or may be made to the church choir fund. The also request that remembrance flowers me made to those who are confined at home or in a nursing facility.