Marilyn Walker, age 78, of Wall, S.D., died Monday, October 8, 2012, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Marilyn Lytle Walker was born August 1, 1934, the second of six daughters born to Don and Zohn (Amiotte) Lytle. She was born in Pine Ridge and raised in old Washabaugh County. She attended Lone Tree rural school through grade school and Interior High School.
Bill Walker and Marilyn Lytle were married on August 29, 1950, in Miles City, Mont. From this union three children were born, Harlan, Debbie and Randy. Bill and Marilyn ranched in the Conata Basin and on the Pine Ridge Reservation from 1950 until 1979 when they sold the ranch and moved to Rapid Valley where they lived until 2003. At that time they moved to Wall to be close to their three children and their families.
Marilyn's hobbies included gardening, cooking, throwing horseshoes and playing games with her children and grandchildren. Bill and Marilyn spent many happy years raising and racing their horses in South Dakota and surrounding states.
Survivors include a son, Harlan and his wife, Lori, a daughter, Debbie Shepard and her husband, Randy; and a son Randy and his wife, Cheryl, all of Wall; eight grandchildren, Brian Shepard, Riley Walker, Tyler Walker, Brady Shepard, Chad Walker, Haley (Walker) Raker, Amanda (Walker) Kjerstad, and Abbie Walker; eight great-grandchildren, Sydney Shepard, MacKenzie Shepard, Braylee Walker, Teelan Kjerstad, Trevin Walker, Brittney Walker, Cohen Walker, and Presley Kjerstad; and four sisters Loy Hamm of Wall, Kay Price of Belle Fourche, Bobby Crawford of Rapid City, and Sherry Lytle of Spearfish
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on May 13, 2004; her parents; and her sister, Janice O'Rourke.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 12, at the Wall Cemetery, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com