Marylin Joan “Joany” Walker, 80, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.
She was born August 7, 1940, in Alpena, Michigan, the daughter of John and Margaret Elizabeth “Bessie” (Imeson) Plowman. On June 27, 1959, she married her husband of 61 years, Lewis Thomas “Tom” Walker, and he survives.
In addition to Tom, Joany is survived by her daughter, Kristy Holzhausen and husband, Steve, of Shelbyville; sister, Susan Wagner of Clarkston, Michigan; brother, John Plowman and wife, Bonnie, of Alpena; grandson, Andrew Holzhausen and fiance’, Kenya Wheeler; great-grandchildren, Kenneth Holzhausen, Addison Wheeler and Parker Holzhausen; and several nieces and nephews.
Joany was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Lisa Sue Walker in 1983.
She graduated in 1958 from Alpena High School.
Joany was formerly a florist at B & R Flower Shop for 25 years.
She served as pianist, choir director and on several women’s groups, while she served as a pastor’s wife for 50 years. Together, she and Tom, pastored for 12 years at Fenns Community Church in Shelbyville; 13 years at Crossroad Community Church in Beech Grove; and 15 years at First Church of God in Iverness, Florida. Joany also ministered to the residents at Especially Kidz.
Joany was a former member of the Rainbow Girls.
She enjoyed music and was very creative in decorating for the holidays.
Joany loved people. She also loved her family, especially her grandson and great-grandchildren.
A Gathering of Friends will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Faith Trinity Church, 505 W. Pennsylvania St. in Shelbyville.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Pastors Perry Fouts, Gerald Holmes and Jose Rivera officiating.
Inurnment will be at Miller Cemetery at a later date.
Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 136 E. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or American Heart Association, 6100 W 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.
Online condolences may be shared with Joany’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.