Phyllis Walk, 1923-2018
Published 1:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2018
Phyllis Jean Walk, 94, of Albert Lea passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community. A private family celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Phyllis was born Aug. 24, 1923, in Kanawha, Iowa, the daughter of John Godfrey and Alpha Cleone (Huebner) Walk. She was raised in Grafton, Iowa; Manly, Iowa; and Glenville. Phyllis graduated from Albert Lea High School, completed a course from Children Institute of Literature and an art course in Minneapolis. She worked briefly as a typist for NYA Youth Program for the Albert Lea Police Department.
Right after Pearl Harbor she worked as a secretary in Washington, D.C., for the war production board. After the war, Phyllis returned home to Glenville and worked for the civil service in St. Paul as a secretary for the state tax department. After her family moved to Albert Lea, she worked for the Wilson & Co. superintendent and later for Miller Publishing Co. in Minneapolis in the photo lab.
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Phyllis was a member of The Albert Lea Art Center, where she liked to volunteer. She enjoyed painting artwork, redecorating, needlework, bike riding, writing and computers. Phyllis also enjoyed taking pictures and developing the photos on her own.
Phyllis was a caregiver to her mother and brother in their later years and was always willing to assist other relatives. She was a very bright and intelligent woman and was brave enough to teach many of her nieces and nephews how to drive.
Survivors include her brother, Daryl Walk; sister, Donna Dahl; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her father, John Walk; mother, Alpha Walk; brothers Wayne and Arlo Walk; sister-in-law, Sally Walk; and brother-in-law, Omar Dahl.