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Essie Lee Walters

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Essie Lee Walters, daughter of the late Ira Lee and Nora Lee Morehead Wicks, was born near Dexter on June 5, 1924, and died at the Cypress Point Health Care in Dexter on May 17, 2009, at the age of 84.

Mrs. Walters was a lifelong resident of Stoddard County, attended the rural Vinson Grade School, worked at Brown Shoe Co. in Bernie, was a home maker, and helped with the family farm. She was also a member of TOPS #790, and an active member of the Vinson General Baptist Church near Dexter.

On April 27, 1940, she was married to Chester G. "Chet" Walters in Dexter. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2009.

Surviving are three daughters and sons in law, Norma Jean and Herman "Jack" Jackson of Dexter, Elnora and Jim Bernard of Reedsville, Ohio, Janice Sue and Dennis Allen of Geneva, Ill.; six grandchildren, Cerendia (Jackson) and Ray Woollums of Dexter, Keith Jackson of Las Vegas, Nev., Rob and Jackie Allen of Hampshire, Ill., Jerry and Carrie (Bernard) Jenkins of Vienna, W.V., Clayton and Kathy (Bernard) Wolfe-Lambert of Jackson, Ohio, Vince and April (Allen) Salazar of Geneva, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren, Jessica and Ashley Seymore, both of Dexter, Madison and Alex Jenkins both of Vienna, W.V., Alainna and Sophia Allen, both of Hampshire, Ill., Caytlon and Carissa Lambert, both of Jackson, Ohio, Veronica and Anthony Salazar, both of Geneva, Geneva, Ill.; a step-grandson, Chad Woollums of Cape Girardeau; and four step-great-grandchildren, Emma Self, James, Kaylee and Chad Woollums, all of Cape Girardeau. Other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Bennie Lorenzo, Audry, Omer, Ray, C.D., Ivan Harold; and two infant grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, after 11 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield officiating.

Interment will be in the Dexter Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.

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