MRS. SIGISMUND C. (MARION) WALKER
-April 3, 1983
Marion Dozier Walker was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter and youngest child of Edward Lane and Elvira Ware Dozier. She received her early education in Pensacola and in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Dillard University and did graduate study at Northwestern University. She was employed as a music teacher by Methodist colleges in Birmingham, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
She was married to Reverend Sigismund C. Walker who preceded her in death. From their union four children were born. During their life together she served as an able Christian assistant in helping her husband to perform his various duties as minister, pastor, District Superintendent and Director of Christian Education within the Louisiana Conference. In earlier years she earned a memorable reputation as a music teacher at New Orleans University (now Dillard) during which time she represented the State of Louisiana with a male chorus at the Chicago World’ Fair.
Methodists in the old Central Jurisdiction will remember her as the consecrated and efficient Music Director of Summer Activities at the Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Mississippi.
Upon her retirement from teaching and after her husband’s death, she was employed by the United Methodist Church as a Small Church Worker. She conducted the first School of Missions for the Women’s Society of Christian Service and conducted workshops and seminars in many local churches for the Jurisdiction.
She departed this life on Sunday morning, April 3, 1983 at her long-time residence on Perrier Street.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her four children: Margaret Walker Alexander of Jackson, Mississippi; Mercedes Walker of New York City; and Gwendolyn and Sigismund Walker of New Orleans; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She died as she had lived—quietly, peacefully and radiantly.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1983; p. 195 By Her Children
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