Beatrice “Bea” Elizabeth Elaine Walker

July 17, 1920 – April 13, 2013


Dayton, Washington resident, Beatrice “Bea”

Elizabeth Elaine Lambert Walker was born the

middle child of three on July 17, 1920, in Seat-

tle, Washington, to Horace Byron Franklin and

Theresa Otillia Fischer Lambert. She lived with

her parents in various logging camps until the age of 12, when

she went to live with her grandmother Johnson on an egg farm in

Lexington, Washington. When her father died, her mother remar-

ried and Bea went to live with her mother and step-father in En-

terprise, Oregon. Upon graduating from Enterprise High School

in 1937, she went to live with her aunt and uncle, Rose and Rolla

Lambert, on their farm in Dayton. In Dayton, she worked sea-

sonally at the Green Giant cannery and worked in Erbes apple

orchard thinning apples.

On May 27, 1939, she married Earl Dean Walker; they had three

girls and two boys. Bea and Earl enjoyed horseback riding in the

Blue Mountains, picking huckleberries, cutting firewood, and

they grew a large garden every year from which the produce was

canned or frozen and shared with others. Bea and Earl belonged

to the Dayton Yacht Club and spent many leisure hours boating

and fishing. In 1960, she and Earl opened Walker’s Auto Repair in

Dayton, where Bea kept the books and ran parts for the business

until their retirement.

Bea was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, and two

brothers, Eugene Day Lambert and Edgar Dale Lambert. She is

survived by her three daughters: Eunice Sweetwood, Shirlee Mar-

vin, and Earlene Cleveland; two sons: Eugene Walker and Dennis

Walker; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one


The memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013,

at the United Brethren Church, 1106 S. 4^th Street, Dayton,

Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to the

United Brethren Church, Senior Round Table Nutrition

Program at the Dayton Senior Center, or charity of donor’s

choice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551

Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Friends may write memories and sign

the online guest book at


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