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Margaret Ellen McIlvoy Walker

Obituary taken from “The Springfield Sun”

Washington County, Kentucky

Funeral services will be held at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in this city at 9 o’clock Friday morning for Mrs. Mattie McIlvoy Walker, with interment in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Walker died at 4:45 Wednesday morning [13 Dec 1939] at the home of R.L. Boldrick on East Main, with whom she had made her home the past twenty years. She had been critically ill the past two weeks.

The daughter of Dan McIlvoy and Matilda Hardin McIlvoy, Mrs. Walker was born November 4, 1846, at the old McIlvoy homestead at Hillsboro, this county. She attended local schools and completed her education at St. Catherine Academy, being the oldest Alumna of that historic institution, having recently celebrated her ninety-fourth birthday. It is said Mrs. Walker had not missed a meeting of St. Catherine Alumnae in 74 years, a record unsurpassed in history, perhaps.

Endowed with many beautiful traits of character, Mrs. Walker possessed a pleasing personality that won for her the love and respect of her associates. She was given to charity, was a devout Catholic, which faith sustained her throughout her long and useful life, was a member of the U.D.C. and was for many years active in church and social circles. Though she bore no children of her own she was devoted as a mother to her great nephews and nieces, Mrs. Walker Thomas and Sister Virginia Maria, Louisville; Mrs. W.W. Slaton, Florence, Alabama; Dr. Thomas Boldrick, Owensboro, and Oscar Boldrick, with whom the home was shared from infancy to manhood and womanhood.

The widow of the late Oscar Walker, for many years one of the most prominent farmers and stockmen of this county, Mrs. Walker was the last member of her immediate family, her only survivors being a number of nephews, the McIlvoys of this county, and numerous great nephews and nieces.

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