Junita ‘Fannie’ Walton

With her family by her side, longtime Picher resident Junita “Fannie” Walton passed away in Quapaw, Okla., on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009.

Fannie was  born on April 8, 1919, in Mountainburg, Ark., along with her twin sister, Annie, to Ellis and Leah Striplin.   She moved to Miami as a little girl where she attended Roosevelt Elementary School.   Her family moved to Picher during the late 1920s and she made her home there for over 80 years until the relocation and buyout. Fannie attended Picher schools and Northeastern A&M College.  

She was a long time member of the Picher Church of the Nazarene. In her earlier years, she was very active in the Picher American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as president and enjoyed attending the Picher Senior Citizen’s  organization. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Marion and Noah Striplin; her twin sister, Virginia “Annie” Striplin Hewett; her first husband, Russell Morerod in 1952, and her second husband, Donal Walton  in 1973. Also five grandchildern and one great-grandson.

Fannie is survived by one sister, Genevea Crockett of Miami; two sons, Ellis Eugene Morerod and wife Jenny of Miami and David Russell Morerod of Newberry Park, Calif.; five daughters, Sandra Smith and husband Ben of Neosho, Mo., Leah VanVolkenburg and husband Carl of Irving, Texas, Dona Walton of Ardmore, Okla., Wanda Woodworth and husband Toby of Miami, Okla, and Betty Lawson and husband Jim of Quapaw, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren, loving nieces and nephews and many friends.

Fannie was a beloved Mother and Grandmother.  She was the heart of the family and enjoyed having her children and grandbabies around as much as possible.

The family will be at the home of Wanda and Toby Woodworth in Miami.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the New Life Church of the Nazarene in Miami, Okla. Pastor Casey Hollingsworth will officiate. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, Michael Richardson, Zach Woodworth, James Smith, Ryan Farr, sons – in – law Carl VanVolkenburg, Toby Woodworth and Ben Smith. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla.  

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla. Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, Okla.   Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.