Stephany (Williams) WalkerJanuary 6, 1951 ~ December 30, 2017 (age 66)
Stephany Williams Walker, treasured mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Dec. 30, 2017. Her optimistic spirit radiated until the end, and she sang her way into heaven.
Stephany was born on Jan. 6, 1951, in Wendell, Idaho, to Keith and Patricia Williams. Her nurturing heart swelled early as she lovingly watched over eight younger siblings. She spent most of her childhood in Blackfoot, Idaho, and, as a girl, Steph sang with two of her brothers at various community events, including the Miss Blackfoot Pageant. Steph graduated from Snake River High School, where she participated in 4H, drill team, choir, and track. She also excelled as a swimmer and worked as a lifeguard in the summers. Her bright outlook and fun disposition attracted many friends throughout her life.
After high school, she attended Ricks College, where she won a school-wide singing competition as part of a trio with her dear friend Bonnie and cousin Diane. Her entertaining antics at Ricks are legendary, including adding bubble bath to the outdoor fountain for some sudsy wading!
Upon her graduation from Ricks, Stephany attended Boise State where she met her husband David Walker. Steph made becoming acquainted with Dave an adventure, teasing him for weeks over the phone before they met that she was “the groovy-looking blond” in his accounting class, only she wasn’t even in the class. The two did eventually meet and fall in love. They were married in the Ogden, Utah, LDS Temple on May 24, 1973.
Steph was a talented mother and joyfully raised her four children as a stay-at-home mom. To her, “mother” was a heaven-assigned calling, and she magnified it to the highest degree—singing lullabies, serving as room mom, making hundreds of sack lunches, supporting music and sporting events, listening intently, and setting a beautiful example of how to be kind and find joy in life’s little pleasures. She was always generous with her laugh, smile, and compliments.
Steph was an entertainer and storyteller. She never took herself too seriously and loved to share embarrassing stories and funny experiences and was often the life of the party. She regularly performed her “Wizard of Oz” act and loved to dress as the Wicked Witch of the West on Halloween, topped off by a very authentic cackle. Steph enjoyed sewing and created dozens, perhaps hundreds, of blankets, pajamas, skirts, dresses, stuffed animals, and other items as gifts for family members and friends.
Steph had a fervent and bright testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and shared it boldly and often. She was a master teacher and served as an instructor at the Boise State LDS institute of Religion and in many capacities in the Boise Idaho LDS East Stake, including Den Mother, Sunday School Teacher, Primary Teacher, Ward and Stake Primary President, Ward Relief Society President, Young Women Adviser, Ward Camp Director, and Stake Young Women President. She especially enjoyed attending Girls’ Camp at Pinetop and interacting with the young women.
Stephany battled Parkinson’s Disease for 23 years. Although her body deteriorated and her mind weakened, her spirit always beamed brightly, just like her favorite color, yellow. The family expresses special thanks to the caregivers from Havenwood who took such good care of Stephany at home for many years, especially Sandy, Miriam, Glenette, and Ellen. You are special angels and we appreciate you so much. Stephany is survived by her devoted husband David; children Amee (Edward) Rock, Tye (Corinne) Walker, Beth Philbrick, and Kelee (Landin) Ballard; eight grandchildren; her mother Patricia; six brothers; and two sisters. She was preceded in death by her father, Keith.
A Celebration of Life Open House will take place on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LDS Church on 2300 E. Bergeson in Boise. The funeral will be held at the same location on Steph’s birthday, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. Interment immediately following the service at Dry Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Michael J. Fox Foundation.