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Pearl Irean Walker

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Date published: 6/2/2014

Pearl Irean Walker

Pearl I. Walker, 80, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Born Dec. 9, 1933, in Washington, D.C., Ms. Walker contracted polio at 18 months of age. She became a poster child for the March of Dimes, which provided funding for her one of many operations. She attended the Health School in Washington, along with others who had polio. She was photographed with Hollywood personalities at Union Station in Washington when she was 12 years old for the annual Infantile Paralysis (Polio) Drive to raise funds and awareness. Franklin Roosevelt was in one of the photographs. Pearl had overcome many challenges in her lifetime and never let polio stand in her way. She was a remarkable caring and loving woman who will be sorely missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Walker Tarman of Colonial Beach and Sandra and Rochelle Goodman; sons William Walker and his wife, Judy, and David Walker, all of Sterling; sisters Shirley Evans of Houston, Texas, and Sara Lipps of Salem; grandchildren Christopher Walker of Colonial Beach, Justin Walker of Martinsburg, W.Va., Terry Walker of Fredericksburg, Sean Walker Tarman and his wife, Iliana, of Colonial Beach and Michael and William Walker of Lovettsville; great-grandchildren Trinady Petitt of Colonial Beach and Kaiden Walker of Fredericksburg; nephew William Lusby of Kady, Texas; niece Brenda Cadmus of Houston; and ex-husband Joseph Walker of Colonial Beach.

Pearl was preceded in death by a son, Chris A. Walker.

Services will be private.

Please sign the online guest book at nashandslaw fh.com.