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DECATUR - Sharon Lee Walter, 69, of Decatur passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, September 29, 2010 with her loving family by her side. Memorial Services to celebrate Sharon's life will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, with Chaplin Dan Spruell officiating. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.gracelandfailawn.com. Sharon was born December 23, 1940, in Canton, IL the daughter of Gerald and Winifred (McGinnis) Essex. Sharon enjoyed her weekly bunko game with her dear friends. She married Glenn Walter, December 14, 1969. Sharon leaves behind husband Glenn, sons; Mark and wife Linda Fleckenstein of Decatur, Shane Walter and wife Cassie Walter of Decatur, daughters; Laura Groves of Decatur and Mindy Ray and husband Joe of Decatur, grandchildren; Madison Fleckenstein, Morgan Fleckenstein, Lexis Fleckenstein, Autumn Ray, Bailey Walter and Bella Walter all of Decatur. She greeted into Heaven by her parents and grandparents. Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at www.legacy.com/herald-review/Obituaries.asp

Some thoughts from Sharon's very close friends ...

We have had very sad news that Classmate Sharon Leigh Essex Walter  has passed away. The obit is not yet available and will be posted as soon as it is.

This is from Suz Marquardt: "It is with heavy heart I tell you that our dear friend and classmate, Sharon Walter passed away this evening just after five o'clock (09/29/10 ed) in her home with family at her side. 

Sharon has endured much over the past couple of years in her battle with a foe she could not defeat.  While visiting her a couple of times this past year I was inspired by her willingness to make the most of each day no matter the circumstance she faced.  I treasure the time we spent together and will always be thankful I had the chance to love and be loved by her. I will miss her as I know each one of you will also. 

God rest her soul until we meet again in Paradise ...

Love to all of you,   Suzi Marquardt


What a dear person Sharon was.  It must have meant so much to her to have you, Suzi. as a close friend.   I can still picture her pretty eyes, hair, and her sweet manner.  Plus, did you ever see anyone with such beautiful hands?   Thank you for telling us Jim.   With great sympathy, Sandi Rutherford Esworthy 


Sharon was one of my very best friends in high school and I too am saddened by this news. I know these things must be hard to communicate but those of us who get our news via the web site really appreciate it.  God Bless, Barbara Barwick Getchell


MacArthur High School for Graduation in MacArthur's First Graduating Class - '58



2008 50th Class Reunion

Second Row (seated) L-R: Sam Dempster (seated on stool), Janet Wicker Dobbertin, Linda Tate Nelson, Gloria Shields Bates, Betty Fuqua Harris, Sandi Rutherford Esworthy, Jean Willms Holderby, Alice Eversole, Marilyn Schmidt Harris, Nancy Taylor Wade, Marilyn Chaney, Sharon Essex Walter, and Phil Blankenburg (kneeling in dark jacket)