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July 02nd, 2022

ellen walcherEllen Kay (Walker) Walcher, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.  

She was born June 29, 1937 to Freeman and Mildred Walker in Claremore, Okla. 

She married Ernie Walcher June 8, 1958. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.  

She graduated from Manter High School in Manter in 1954. She later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Panhandle A&M College in 1958.

She worked as a teacher in Griggs, Okla. from 1958 to 1959, in Carnegie, Okla. from 1959 to 1964, in Durango, Colo. from 1964 to 1967, and in Liberal from 1967 to 1973.  She finished her career in Woodward, where she taught English from 1973 to 1992.  She loved her students and subject matter.

She was always driven and not ever afraid to try new things.  She travelled on many adventures with her family, organized Chautauqua events, and was involved in the building and women’s committees at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward.

Survivors include daughter, Dana and husband, Brian Diedrich, Perryton, Texas; son, Rocky and his wife, Tracy Walcher, Oklahoma City; granddaughter, Caroline (Diedrich) Dibble and husband, Terry, and their daughter, Savannah, Stillwater, Okla.; grandson, Adam Diedrich and wife, Kayla, and their sons Hank, Hayes, and Hyde, Edmond, Okla.; grandson, Ernest Raymond III (Tripp) Walcher, Oklahoma City; grandson, Conrad Walcher and wife, Tessa, Oklahoma City; sister, Beth (Walker) and husband Dr. Darrell Devers, Beaver, Okla.; sister, Linda (Walker) and husband, EJ Donati, Stratford, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Muriel (Walker) and George Tedder; and brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Nicole Walker.

• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward, Okla.

Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Woodward, Okla. Face masks are recommended in the church. 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at Billings Funeral Home in Woodward, Okla. 

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Woodward or the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma in Ellen’s name through Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801. 

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