Salem, MA — Anne Marie Byrne Walker, 93, died on Friday morning, October 11, 2013, at her home in Salem. She was born on May 5, 1920, to James J. and Mary A. Byrne. Anne was a graduate of St. James High School, and received her R.N. degree from Salem Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. After hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, she enlisted in the U. S. Navy, where she served as a nurse until 1943. Anne was stationed in Newfoundland, where she met her husband, Commander William Hamilton Walker, M.D. The couple made their home in Red Banks, Miss., and had eight children. Following the death of her husband, Anne returned to Salem, and to nursing. She was employed at the Salem Chronic Disease Hospital as a supervisor and assistant to the hospital director. Anne later served as supervisor of nursing and director of the remotivation/mobilization program at Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital. In that capacity, she pioneered innovative programs to enhance the quality of life of chronically ill individuals.
She followed her interests through courses and workshops in alternative healing methods and handwriting analysis. She cherished whimsy, making clothes and dolls with intricate embroidery, and writing and illustrating children’s stories.
Anne was predeceased by her husband, and her son, John D.C. Walker. She is survived by daughters, Patricia Walker of West Newbury, Mass., Elizabeth Walker of Delhi, N.Y., and Anne Marie Walker of Fort Myers, Fla.; and sons, William Hamilton Walker of Bainbridge, Ga., James Perry Walker of Memphis, Tenn., Oliver Phillip Walker of East Meredith, N.Y., and David Byrne Walker of Memphis, Tenn; sisters, Katherine McDonald of Bradenton, Fla., and Mary Byrne of Salem, Mass.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m., in St James Church, 156 Federal Street, Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, Salem. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to North Shore Medical Center, c/o the Development Office, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Please designate for Mass General for Children at NMSC.
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