Shirley A. "SAM" Walker

Born: Friday, October 10, 1947
Passed: Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Shirley Ann "Sam" Walker, 70, of Rockford, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 31, 2018 in the arms of the love of her life. Sam was born October 10, 1947, at Swedish American in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Harold and Dorothy (Veitenhans) Mueller. Sam married Evans Walker on March 16, 1996. She worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Winnebago County Court Services for 35 years. Sam had a wide variety of interests especially on the water. She was a founding member of the Rockford Yacht Club and in 1990 was enrolled in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. She was a dedicated sailor who sailed in the Great Lakes, Caribbean, Tahiti, and New Zealand and supported America3 Women's Team USA "in The America's Cup. She enjoyed fishing both from a boat and through the ice. For many years she was a member of the Wazoom's Golf Group, the Camp Fuller Reactivated Civil War Group, and was a Volunteer committee member and Manager at On the Waterfront over a 20+ year period. She was also an avid skier and snowmobiler. She loved baking, sewing and quilting, was a voracious reader and loved to travel and see the world. Sam was a gentle, kind soul who always had a smile and a helping hand for everyone.
She is survived by her husband, Evans; nieces and nephews; and friends too numerous to count. Predeceased by her parents, brother and sister. To her special friends who supported Sam through these last few years; Barbara Morris, Alex Krinickas, Kathy and Gill Carmichael, Cindy Campbell, Mark Milani and the entire Milani family with her battle against Alzheimer's disease, her endearing love.
Celebration of Life and Memorial for Sam will be at Lino's Restaurant 5611 E State St, Rockford IL on February 11, 2018. Doors will open at 3:30, Remembrance and sharing will begin at 4:30 with Pizza, Pasta dinner and fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to support Alzheimer's Disease Research. All are welcome to share in the joy and camaraderie, remembering the best of times.

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Kathie Winquist Zammuto

    Shirley was a treasured friend I will really miss her bubbly personality.

  2. Pamela and Dale Walker

    Sammie was a wonderful sister in law who was a joy to be around. We were in Rockford the day after their wedding and it began snowing. Knowing that our young son had never seen snow in Houston, she had Evans call that morning to take him sledding. From that point on, she held a special place in my heart. Anyone who thinks of your child the day after her wedding is a unique person. I know she is in Paradise now, another angel in Jesus' Heaven.

  3. Judy Barnard

    I was priveleged to know Sam both through work and through OTW! The girl had boundless energy and had a knack for engagung others in all she did. It has also been a privilege to witness the untiring devotion of Evans as he guided her through her Alzheimer's. You have been an inspiration to us all. We join in your sadness - we will miss Shirley, the love of your life!! Our thoughts are with you today.

  4. Carol Wright

    So very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. She was a wonderful person and great volunteer for OTW. It was always fun when you guys were around. Sending my condolences to you Evan and the rest of the family. I know Evan it has been difficult but your love and strength was boundless. Sincerely, Carol

  5. Cathy Adams

    It has been a long journey for both of you. My thoughts & prayers are with you. So many happy memories from OTW. Thanks for all of those.

  6. Jean LarsenSchnack

    Sam was at her best when she was welcoming someone, showing them the ropes and entertaining her friends. She was warm and inviting to all that she encountered. She was an accomplished sailor and a perfect mate for Evans.

  7. Joe & Sindy Micho

    So very sorry to hear this. Our condolences to Evans and all their family and friends.

  8. Wendy Scott

    Sam was my boss in the last few years before she retired from Winnebago County Court Services. I will always remember her kindness. "Heaven has received another good one." Godspeed, Sam.

  9. Cheryl Vos

    So glad we had a chance to get to know this beautiful lady. Our heart goes out to you Evans. You did an amazing job caring for her these last years. Love Jerry and Cheryl