The Daily Star
---- — Betty June (Palmatier) Walker
SIDNEY — Betty June (Palmatier) Walker, 86, of Sidney, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Betty was born on June 9, 1927, daughter of Jesse and Bertha (Mallery) Palmatier in Oneida.
Betty graduated from Walton High School in 1944.
On Oct. 2, 1953, she married Gerald Walker in Walton. They spent 56 years of loving marriage together.
Betty started as a secretary at Scintilla (Amphenol) in the early 1950s. For several years after that she occupied the homemaker role raising five admiring children. As her children grew older Betty fulfilled a desire to help others by becoming a nurse’s assistant at the Sidney Hospital, caring for many patients over several years. As a field representative for the United States Census Bureau she assisted the government with several years worth of data collection while creating new and renewing past community friendships.
She and husband, Gerald were avid members of the Sidney Boat Club at Oneida Lake for many years. They enjoyed water skiing, fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnicking at the East Sidney Dam, Cannonsville Reservoir, and many other state parks. Her love of exercise continued throughout her life by swimming weekly and walking several miles a week.
Betty loved playing the piano and nurtured this love in others by facilitating lessons for all of her children and teaching many of her grandchildren the basics of playing piano. Betty embraced the role as grandmother and was an integral part in all of the lives of her grandchildren. As an avid gardener, there were many assorted flower beds sprinkled around the yard at the family residence.
She and Gerald enjoyed several summer trips with their grandchildren to Disney World as well as well as spending winters in Lakeland, Fla., upon retirement.
Betty was an active faithful member of both the First Baptist Church of Sidney and the Faith Community Church of Sidney.
Betty will be greatly missed by those left behind; her legacy will forever be held dear by all of those she knew.
Betty is survived by her five children, Jerry Walker III of Melbourne, Fla., Cheryl and Mike Sherman of Masonville, Laura Metcalf of Norwich, Brenda and Royce Gerow of Walton, and Paul and Amy Walker of Harpursville; 18 grandchildren, Theresa, Chrissy, John, Alicia, Cassie, Sam, Melissa, Valerie, David, Rebecca, Charlotte, Jessica, Amy, Ryan, Caitlin, Kyle, Christian and Hannah; 14 great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Sara, Matthew, Peter, Jayden, Autumn, Katie, Maston, Seamus, Declan, Riley, Conor, Scarlet and Kylie; sister, Celia Long; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by Gerald C. Walker, her husband of 56 years.
Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, NY 13838. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Southworth, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814, the First Baptist Church of Sidney, 28 River St., Sidney, NY 13838 or the Faith Community Church, 32 West Main St., Sidney NY 13838.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Words to describe Betty: Faithful, family oriented, health conscious, steadfast, self-reliant and humble.
Arrangements by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney NY 13838.