Beside the roadhouse and the lakefront view, a small church resides across the highway at Meiers Lake. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
Emily S. Walton
1931 – 2015
Emily S. Walton, 83, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Emily came to Alaska in 1958 to teach in Bethel. She met Darlo Walton shortly after the school year began and, after a whirlwind courtship, they were married on March 27, 1959 in McGrath.
Emily and Darlo settled in Delta Junction in 1964 and raised three daughters. Emily taught special education and kindergarten until 1987 when she retired. She was active in her church, community and quilters guild.
After retiring, Emily continued teaching both adults and children in sewing, knitting, crocheting and cookery. She enjoyed gardening and berry picking, and thoroughly enjoyed the Alaska summers. She enjoyed life and was always excited to try new crafts.
Emily was a generous, giving person who believed that imparting a skill was one of the best ways to help someone in life.
She is survived by husband Darlo Walton of Fairbanks; daughters Zoe Walton, Kem (John) Gorham, and Tanya (Brett) Franklin of Fairbanks; grandchildren Naomi (Shane) Mayer of North Pole and Rebecca Jones of Fairbanks; great-grandson Adam Mayer of North Pole; sisters Clara Arroyo and Ruth Ocho of Grand Junction, Colorado and Della (Jim) Collins, of Hotchkiss, Colorado; brother-in-law Leland (Daryce) Walton of Issaquah, Washington, and many much loved cousins, nieces, and nephews residing in the U.S.
Emily is preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Juanita Harris, her in-laws, Olin and Ena Walton, and her brothers-in-law, Joe Arroyo and Jim Ocho. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, May 16th at Rest Haven Cemetery, 4080 Jack Warren Road, in Delta Junction. A reception will follow at the Community Center, 2287 Deborah Street. Everyone is welcome to come to celebrate the life of a dear friend.