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Alma Rosalie (Hutchison) Walker, daughter of the late Frank Leroy and Justa Amber (Johnson) Hutchison, was born on November 5, 1928, in Waynoka, Oklahoma. She passed away at the age of 86 on June 2, 2015. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Waynoka United Methodist Church, Waynoka, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Freedom Cemetery, North of Freedom, Oklahoma. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Rosalie spent her early years on a farm east of Waynoka. She attended her first years of school at Highland Schools in one-room that taught eight grades. Rosalie was the only first grader in her class. She loved to ride her horse to school, meeting the Clark sisters on the way and stopping to eat mulberries. On days that she didn’t get to ride her horse, she would walk half way to school; eat her lunch under a shade tree and go back home. When Rosalie was five years old, the family grew with the addition of a baby brother, Franklin Leroy. Soon after, the family moved to Waynoka where her Dad purchased the Fuqua Elevator which later became Hutchison Grain. She attended Waynoka Schools where she enjoyed music and art (designing and making her own paper dolls with all kinds of beautiful paper clothing) but most of all, she loved being with friends. Rosalie spent much of her teenage years on the Ranch, South of Waynoka. She did everything from working cattle with her Dad to cooking meals with her Mom for the cowboys. In 1946, with her family actively involved in the local Cimarron River Stampede Rodeo, she was crowned Rodeo Queen. During Rosalie’s senior year, she met the Waynoka Ag teacher, Simpson Walker, Jr. After graduating in 1947, Simpson and Rosalie were married at the Frank Hutchison Ranch at Belva. Simpson and Rosalie began their married life in the 3-room bunkhouse at the Hutchison Ranch. They soon moved to the Kelsey Place near Belva. They later moved to Freedom. During this time they were blessed with four children– Karen Lee, Steven Simpson, Tracy Franklin, and Carol Lynn. Upon moving to Freedom, Simpson and Rosalie purchased Walker Grain & Feed and the Cattleman’s Café. They worked hard running both businesses while continuing to be involved in the ranch work. Rosalie loved the café as she enjoyed visiting with the many customers that came in daily. Rosalie was always interested and involved in the Freedom community. She was a member of the Freedom Christian Church. In later years, Rosalie moved back to Waynoka where she owned and operated the two motels in Waynoka. During this time she acquired part of her family’s ranch and later renamed it Mt. Heman Ranch. She was also involved in many community projects such as Rodeo, Historical Society and other social events. Rosalie was always very proud of her family ranching heritage. Rosalie is survived by her daughter, Karen Weaver, sons; Steve and wife, Mary, Tracy and wife, Sharon. Grandchildren; Amber Graff, Walker Jones, Megan and Dustin Smith, Shawn Walker, Alyssa and Jason Hillman, Wade and Jana Walker, and Kelli and Neil Erisman. Along with numerous great grandchildren. Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Simpson Walker, Jr., her parents Frank and Amber Hutchison, brother, Leroy Hutchison, infant daughter Carol Lynn and son-in-law Kit Weaver. Memorials may be made to the Waynoka Methodist Church or Freedom Ambulance Service with the Billings Funeral Home accepting the contributions.
Published on  June 4, 2015
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