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Cheryl Kay Walker

d. January 6, 2023


Cheryl Kay Walker, 73, of Andrew, Illinois, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born November 13, 1949 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of James and Helen (Turnbull) Garrisson.

Kay married James “Jim” Walker on August 6, 1971.

Mourning her passing is her husband, Jim; two sons, Jimmy Walker and Andy Walker; step-daughter, Mary Winters; sister, Melody (husband Tim) Bredberg; brother, Jim (wife Diane) Garrisson; nephews, Jeremy (significant other Kathy) Anderson, Shawn (wife Kristy) Garrisson, and Shane (wife Kayla) Garrisson; nieces, Dee (husband Chad) Pedersen, Dara (husband Jason) Matthews, Laura (husband Henry) Marbold, Savanah Bredberg; great-nephews, Bradley and Gavin Marbold and Tyce Bershell; great-nieces, Taylor Jason, Lauren Anderson, Callie Anderson, Sydney Garrisson, Kierra Garrisson, and Hayden Garrisson; and beloved pet, Abby.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Linda Anderson.

Kay loved bowling, puzzles, and TV gameshows.

She worked for the Illinois State Board of Elections for over 40 years.

Visitation for Kay will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 12:00 until time of funeral services at 1:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Burial will be held immediately after the services at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

The family would like to invite everyone after the service to go to the Anchor Boat Club at Lake Springfield.  Please be their guests.  If you can not attend the funeral or graveside services, please meet the family there at the Boat Club.

The family requests casual clothing when attending Kay’s services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Protective League in Springfield.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at



  1. Jim and family,
    Our sympathies for you all in your time of grief. So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing.
    Kenny and Becky Murray

  2. Jim Jimmy and Andy
    Thinking of you during this difficult time. Sorry to hear of Kay’s Passing.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Jim, Jimmy, Andy and family,

    Sending love and prayers to all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. Kay was a great women.

    Clint and Jenny Stine

  5. we are very sorry for your loss..

    Big and Little Moe

  6. Sending prayers to all of you. So sorry to hear this.

  7. Kay was such a amazing person I’ll never forget how she helped me ( her and jim ) have been my friends for years ) she helped me move to a rental house she would give you the shirt off of her back !! I have wonderful memories of her ! Never forget you kay may you rest in peace ! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  8. Jim jimmy and Andy know that I’m praying for you all ! My deepest sympathy! I love your whole family! What a beautiful person kay was inside and out ! Hugs to you all! Love sandy Stephens 🤗🤗🤗

  9. So sorry to read this. Always enjoyed Kay and bowling with her. Rest well

  10. Sending our prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

  11. I am so very sorry. Kay was a friend and classmate. I am so happy she came to our class reunion in September, where w had a wonderful visit. She was a warm, friendly, helpful person. The world is a better place because of people like Kay. She will be greatly missed.

    (Kay grew up living beside my grandparents, Eva and Luther Smith for several years.)

    I wanted to come to the funeral but was unable to come down from Peoria that day.
    Joyce Lanier

  12. Dear Jim and family,
    I was so sorry and sad to hear about Kay. I did not find out about it until after the funeral. She and I grew up riding bikes everywhere, riding the bus every school day, going to church , and sharing rides to school when we finally got our licenses! So many good memories to cherish! I’m so thankful we got to reconnect at our last class reunion.
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
    Janice and Stan McMorris

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