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Elmwood Cemetery

Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma

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Submitted by: Terry Dudley

Ellen Kay Walker Walcher

June 29, 1937 ~ January 11, 2022

Ellen Kay (Walker) Walcher, 84, of Woodward, passed away January 11, 2022. She was born June 29, 1937, to Freeman and Mildred Walker in Claremore, OK, and was a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. She graduated from Manter High School in Manter, Kansas, in 1954. She was always an avid reader, and she graduated with a Bachelors degree in English from Panhandle A&M College in 1958.

At Panhandle A&M College, Ellen was a cheerleader, and she met the love her life, Ernie Walcher, who was there on a basketball scholarship. They were married on June 8, 1958. She was a teacher in Griggs, Oklahoma, from 1958 to 1959, in Carnegie, Oklahoma, from 1959 to 1964, Durango, Colorado, from 1964 to 1967, and Liberal, Kansas, from 1967 to 1973. She finished her career in Woodward, where she taught Senior English from 1973 to 1992. She loved her students and subject matter, and many remember her term paper assignments and how well she prepared them for their next steps after high school.

Ellen and Ernie had 2 children, Dana Lynn (Walcher) Diedrich, and Ernest Raymond II (Rocky) Walcher. She loved her family more than anything and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Ellen 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 womenís committees at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward.

She is survived by her daughter, Dana and her husband, Brian Diedrich, of Perryton, TX; son, Rocky and his wife, Tracy Walcher, of Oklahoma City, OK; granddaughter Caroline (Diedrich) Dibble, her husband, Terry, and daughter, Savannah, of Stillwater, OK; grandson Adam Diedrich, his wife Kayla, and sons Hank, Hayes, and Hyde of Edmond, OK; grandson Ernest Raymond III (Tripp) Walcher of Oklahoma City, OK; grandson Conrad Walcher and his wife, Tessa, of Oklahoma City, OK; sister, Beth (Walker) and her husband Dr. Darrell Devers, of Beaver, OK; sister Linda (Walker) and her husband EJ Donati of Stratford, NJ, and many nieces and nephews.

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

Viewing will be Friday, January, 14, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home in Woodward, OK. Funeral services will be Saturday, January, 15, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward, OK, with interment immediately following at the Elmwood Cemetery, in Woodward, OK. Face masks are recommended in the church.

Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Woodward or the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma in Ellenís name through Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801.

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