Mary Jane Walker, 90, of Martinsburg, passed away in the arms of her family on Monday, October 5, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain in Mexico, Missouri.
Mary Jane was born on December 11, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of Basil Orville and Johanna (Feldmeier) Quamby.
She attended Harris Grade School in rural Wellsville and was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School.
Mary Jane lived in Martinsburg the past 21 years. Prior to that, she lived in Mexico for 19 years and in Wellsville for 50 years.
After graduating high school, Mary Jane worked at the Bank of Wellsville. She was employed for over 35 years at the Wellsville Firebrick Company, retiring on January 1, 1995. After retirement, she volunteered for several years at St. Joseph School in Martinsburg, helping in the library, as well as tutoring in reading and math, and was a 4-H sewing project leader. She enjoyed traveling with friends to Hawaii, England, and Italy and with Sheri and her family to Colorado Springs and Disney World.
When she moved to Martinsburg, she joined the Martinsburg Community Church.
In her early years, Janie enjoyed bowling and dancing with friends at the Sugar Bowl. She liked playing cards, coloring with colored pencils, bird watching, and working crossword and sudoku puzzles. Mary Jane enjoyed cross-stitch and was a skilled seamstress. She loved to sew with her daughters, especially helping them make quilts, wall hangings, and table runners.
Family was the heart of Mary Jane. She loved her family and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her passion was taking care of her beloved cats Blackie, Pandy, and Bitsy.
Mary Jane is survived by her children and their spouses, Vicki (Bill) Edwards, of Columbia, Bruce (Cathy) Hildebrand, of Holts Summit, Barbara (Joe) Swaim and Sheri Arens, both of Martinsburg; step-daughter, Gloria (Charlie) Wohlbold, of Wellsville; grandchildren, Sara Edwards, of Columbia, Jennifer Edwards, of St. James, Ashley (Colin) Campbell, of Lake Ozark, Josh (Misato) Welschmeyer, of Bellevue, Washington, Jeremy (Lacey) Welschmeyer, of Kansas City, Daniel (Beth) Swaim, of Martinsburg, Andrew (Kristy) Swaim, of Laddonia, Joshua (Katie) Swaim, of Martinsburg, Jeffrey (Christy) Arens, of Martinsburg, Lauren (Seth) Cooper, of Parkville, Brian (Ashley) Arens, of Martinsburg, and Jamie Wohlbold, of Martinsburg; great-grandchildren, Zoey, Marley and Oakley Campbell, Jitsu Welschmeyer, Elisa, Evan and Eli Swaim, Will and Blakelyn Swaim, Haydon and Hannah Swaim, Kaytlynn and Ryan Arens, Braum, Logan and Graham Cooper, Addison Arens, and Lance and Madelyn Wohlbold; nephews, Donald John (Tanet) Quamby, Jr., of Wellsville and Richard Grover, of Kearney, and nieces, Sharon Jankowski, of Leawood, Kansas and Patty Taylor, of Witchita, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Catherine Quamby Grover; brother, Donald John Quamby, Sr.; grandson, Christopher Wohlbold; and her dear feline companions Sammy, Baby, D.D., Chance, and her beloved Big Guy.
Visitation was held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the funeral home. Rev. Bill Debo officiated. Serving as organist was Carla Hobbs. Soloist was Beth Swaim.
Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Daniel Swaim, Andrew Swaim, Joshua Swaim, Jeffrey Arens, Brian Arens, and Colin Campbell.
Memorial contributions were suggested to the Wellsville Cemetery Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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