Rose Marie Walker was born in St. Paul, MN to John O and Rose E Walker. She was the oldest of 3 children, attending schools in the St. Paul area. After graduation she went to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for a year before she moved with her family to Lancaster, Ca. There the weather was better for her father's health and there were jobs available. Working in a drug store soda shop in Lancaster, she met James (Jay) Wade, a handsome, newly discharged Army soldier who had been overseas fighter for his country in World War ll. THey married and moved to Visalia in 1948 and would become parents to two children Jadene Marie and Ronald James.
The Wades were very active at Parkside Chapel when it was located on W. Main St. in Visalia. Rose Marie served as a deaconess, taught Sunday School classes and was a spiritual advisor to many. They taught their children the most important lesson a parent can teach a child : the path to eternal life through Jesus Christ. Rose Marie spent most of her career, over 30 years, working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She retired in 1990 to care for her husband who had terminal cancer. They were married for over 42 years. After 5 years as an independent single lady, Rose Marie met James Nordin. They were introduced by a mutual friend who attended a Bible Study that Jim was in. Jim is a good & Godly man & has shown loving, Christian servanthood by caring for Rose Marie, who has suffered with dementia these last 3 years. They have been blessed with 24 1/2 years of marriage.
In addition to her first husband & parents, Rose marie is preceded in death by her brother Jack Walker & sister Donna Willingham. She is survived by her husband James Nordin, beloved fur baby of 14 years, Shi, daughter, Jadene Payton (John), son Ron Wade (Kelly), & step-daughter Cheryl Ower (Artie), 6 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren & numerous great grandchildren, nieces & nephews. A Celebration Of Life will be held on Monday, September 9th, 2019 at 11:00A.M. at Gateway Church, 1100 S. Sowell, Visalia, Ca.
We wish to thank "Prestige Assisted Living at Visalia" & also Sojourn Hospice for their kind & loving care....
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