Joan Lucille Walter, loving wife, mother and grandmother, 73, of Silt, Colo., passed away surrounded by her family and caregivers July 29, 2015.
Joan was born Dec. 28, 1941, in Cedaredge, Colo., to Bruce and Lucille Phippeny. She married the love of her life, Phil Walter, Aug. 16, 1964, in Eckert, Colo., and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2014.
Joan grew up on a family farm in Eckert, Colo., where she was surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She graduated from CU Boulder, Colorado in 1964 with a B.S in elementary education and a minor in church organ music; she was an accomplished musician, artist, seamstress, and gardener who loved exploring back roads and hiking with her dogs. Joan was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Glenwood Springs Art Guild.
Joan suffered a stroke in 2002 after brain surgery and fought to watch her son and daughter marry and to see her grandchildren grow. Joan is survived by her husband, son, John Walter (Lisa) of Washington, D.C.; daughter Marcia Randol (Denver) of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; brother Dale Phippeny (Ruth) of Nucla, Colo.; sister Karen Leonard (Jerry) of Grand Junction, Colo.; mother Lucille Phippeny of Nucla, Colo.; grandchildren Aiden Walter, Kaytlin and Connor Randol; brother-in-law Richard Walter (Sherry), Bellevue, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
Joan is preceded in death by her father Bruce Phippeny and mother-in-law Jennie Walter.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 1016 Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs, Colo., with a burial to follow at White Hill Cemetery in Carbondale, Colo. In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley at P.O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621.
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