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Virginia M. Walters 1920 - 2016
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Virginia M. Walters, 96, lifelong Great Bend resident, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at Country Place Living in Ellinwood. Born May 27, 1920 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Joseph Roy and Mary Louise “Louisa” (Whitacre) Evans. She graduated from Great Bend High School, where she had been Homecoming Queen. After graduation, she was selected to be Miss Great Bend and competed at the state final Miss Kansas contest in Topeka. She was united in marriage to Cleat Walters on Jan. 29, 1939 in Great Bend.
Virginia worked at the Kansas State Job Service for 23 years prior to her retirement, working her way up the ranks to the title of Interviewer. Virginia and Cleat attended the First Southern Baptist Church in Great Bend, where they were members since 1978. They sang in choirs both there and at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend. Virginia was a longtime member of the Barton County Historical Society and the Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and loved doing embroidery, but most especially would wish to be known for her keen interest in history which she shared with her husband.
Virginia is survived by one son, Donald (and his wife, Cynthia) Walters of Monterey, Calif.; nine grandchildren: Reuben (RJ) Gutierrez, Lonnie Gutierrez, Lynn Isley, Cleat III (Trey) Walters, Van Walters, Alexia Walters, Derek Walters, Jillian Walters, and Zachary Hansarik; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Cleat Walters on March 6, 2004, one son Cleat Walters, Jr., two daughters: Diana M. Walters and Carol Ann Walters Vieyra, and two brothers: Joseph Roy Evans, Jr. and Dr. William R. Evans.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Virginia’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 at Charter Funerals in Great Bend, with Pastor Keith Bryant officiating. According to Virginia’s wishes, cremation has been chosen.
Memorial donations may be made in care of the Barton County Historical Society. Online condolences may be left for the family and a complete obituary may be viewed at

Arrangements Entrusted To
Charter Funerals*
2115 Washington St.
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 793-6161
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 6, 2016