Sarah Elizabeth Swartz Walker

Sarah Elizabeth Swartz Walker, 88, of Woodstock, Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, passed away Monday, August 13, 2012  at her home in Woodstock after a prolonged illness.  She was the daughter of Marion S. Swartz, Sr. and  Altha S. Swartz, both deceased.  She is survived by her husband, Herbert W. Walker; three children, Harry W. Walker and wife Debbie of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Alice W. Hartman and husband Ben of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Doris W. Frazier  and Le of Richmond, Virginia; four grandsons, Scott Hartman and wife Charlotte of Carmel, Indiana; Chad Hartman of Austin, Texas; Shawn Walker and wife Kelcey of Coalhurst, Canada; and Eric Walker and wife Megan of Richmond, Virginia.  She has nine great-grandchidren, four nieces, two nephews and many great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Swartz and Marion Swartz, Jr.

Sarah was a caring daughter, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church before she met a Lutheran who became the love of her life.  They celebrated their 69th anniversary on Sunday, August 12.  She was a National 4-H All Star, a longtime member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church,  a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher for the little tots, President of the St. Luke Lutheran Ladies Aid Circle, Co-Proprietors of Walker’s Cash Store for over 30 years, a vegetable and flower gardener, an extensive transportation service provider for anyone in need and a volunteer at large.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 15, from 7-8 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.  The funeral service will be held at the same location on Thursday, August 16 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Mary Louise Brown will officiate.  Interment will follow in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Pallbearers will be Eric Walker, Shawn Walker, Scott Hartman, Chad Hartman, Cliff Wetzel and Steve Wetzel.  Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Mullikin, Barry Sweitzer and Guy Wetzel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Regency Hospice, 11943 Grand Haven Dr. Suite A, Murrell Inlet, SC, 29576; Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or St. Luke Lutheran Church, 923 St. Luke Road, Woodstock, VA 22664.

The family would like to extend their heart-felt thanks to the Regency Hospice and Blue Ridge Hospice for their compassion and caring manner…..

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24 Condolences to Sarah Elizabeth Swartz Walker

  1. Rich Walker (CPA, retired) says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with Herb and the Walker family. Will always cherish fond memories of Walkers Cash Store in the 1970′s and the proprietors that made all feel welcome.

  2. Judy Radford says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family today.

  3. Harold and Lolethia Kibble (PAA) says:

    Dear Gabie and family,
    You are in our prayers and thoughts. May the memories of your mother’s well-lived life and times of joy, bring you comfort and peace.

  4. Gloria Torrens-Billings says:

    May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

  5. Ann Sheehan says:

    Gabie: my heart is with you and your family at this sad time. Please know I am thinking of you and have you all in my preayers.

  6. Veronica Tate says:

    Gabie- On behalf of the PAA family, we love you and our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family right now.

  7. Helen Tucker says:

    I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

  8. Patience Scott says:


    I see you in your mother. Praying for you and the family.

  9. Duane and Kathy Sergent says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss to your family.

  10. Carol and John Sylvester says:

    Dear Gabie,
    Please know how much you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers right now, and how very much you are loved. Your mom leaves behind such a tremendous legacy in the children she raised and the people whose hearts she touched. We’ll be lighting candles tonight in her memory! Much love!

  11. Marsha Owens says:

    Gabie, please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Preston & Sharon Ritter says:

    Harry & Debbie, Sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Robin Hegner says:

    Gabie (and family), my prayers and thoughts are with your family at this sad time. Robin

  14. Jennifer Hurt says:

    Prayers for peace and comfort are being shared for you and your family during this difficult time. Big hugs!

  15. Lillian & Melvin Shearin says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and your family. Your mother lived a beautiful life, and her legacy will continue through all of you. May you find peace in the beauty of your memories of her, and may you be comforted by the Spirit of the Living God. We love you, and our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

  16. Jim, Diane, and Leah Jay says:

    Our love and support are with you, your dad, Harry and Debbie, Alice and Ben, and their families. Sarah was a remarkable person, always giving of herself to help others. We see so much of that wonderful attribute in you as well as other members of your family as her legacy continues. May the many wonderful and treasured memories comfort you at this time. We are here for you.

  17. Beth Cochran says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love the picture of your mother and would love to hear the story behind it one day. Take care, Beth

  18. Dorothy Tate says:

    Dearest Gabie and Family, what a lovely obituary and testament to a strong Mother and woman. Her zest for life and kindess for others was so very evident in how she lived her life. She was very much like you Gabie! You were blessed to have her for so very many years and I hope that you hold on to those treasured memories and find strength during this sad time. I’ll keep you in my prayers, Dorothy

  19. Barbara Redd says:

    Gabie and Family:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. It sounds likes your Mom was such a caring and giving person like you. She kept busy doing for others; and her legacy will continue with you and all you do for others. You were such a devoted caregiver and support to both your parents, I admire you for always being there when they needed you. May your fond memories of time spent with your Mother comfort you during this difficult time.

    Thank you for all of your kind expressions of sympathy to me and my family in the recent loss of my mother.


  20. Anonymous says:

    I have been thinking about you and saying prayers for your strength. Your mom’s picture is so beautiful–you look like her! We all love you and want you to know that we are here for you!

  21. Tracy Robertson says:


    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories.


  22. Janet Farber says:

    Dear Gabie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. God Bless, Janet

  23. Rita Street says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious mother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Rita Ghazal says:

    My Dearest Gabie,

    So sorry about your mom. I know she was an amazing person and great source of happiness for you. I’ve been thinking about you and your family and praying that all the wonderful, joyous memories you have of your mom will give you comfort and peace as you continue to go through this tough time. I love you! Let me know what I can do. You know I’ll do anything.

    All my love.