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Donna Elizabeth Walker, 96, died Sunday May 17th, 2015 at Oakview Heights in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Donna was born June 6, 1918 to Rolla and Bethel (Shelby) Gillespie in Edwards County.
On October 22, 1938 she was united in marriage to William Homer Walker, who preceded her in death on October 17, 2004. To this union two daughters were born, the first was Sarah Lou and the second was Leila Belle, who was killed in an auto accident August 11, 1964.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Malcolm Gillespie, and a son-in-law, Billy Root.

Donna, who was a wonderful mother and grandmother, was a homemaker, retiree of Champion Laboratories and was a member of Marion Christian Church since August 21, 1932.

Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Root; Granddaughter, Carla Cadwalader and husband Del; Great-Granddaughter, Natasha Watson of Nashville, TN and Great-Grandson, Derek Watson of Panama City Beach FL; Grandson, Carson Root and wife Cing of Plainfield, IN; Great-Grandson Zachary and Great-Granddaughters Gracie and Macy Root. Also surviving are Grandson, Curtis Root and wife Debbie of Tuscola, IL, and Great-Granddaughters Ashley and Whitney Root.

A visitation for friends and family will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:00PM and a celebration of life will be held at 7:00PM at Marion Christian Church northwest of West Salem, IL. Burial will be held at 9:00AM, Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Marion Christian Church Cemetery northwest of West Salem, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Marion Christian Church.