Christine S. Walker, Anne Arundel teacher

November 28, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Christine S. Walker, a retired Anne Arundel County elementary school teacher whose career spanned more than four decades, died Nov. 16 of multiple organ failure at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She was 92.

Christine Cobb was born in Anderson, S.C., and raised in Long Creek, S.C.

She was a 1936 graduate of the Tamassee DAR School in Tamassee, S.C., and Asheville Normal and Teachers College.

In 1938, she began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Oconee County, S.C., where in addition to teaching, her jobs included cooking for her students, nursing them and working as school janitor.

Mrs. Walker later moved to the Lake Shore neighborhood of Anne Arundel County, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from what is now Bowie State University.

At the time of her 1982 retirement, Mrs. Walker was on the faculty of Lake Shore Elementary School.

Her husband of 57 years, Custer Smith, a machinist, died in 1994.

Mrs. Walker enjoyed taking cruises to Hawaii, Alaska and Bermuda. She also was a member of the Glen Burnie Moose Club, where she and her husband of four years, Kenneth Walker, a retired shoe store owner, enjoyed dancing on Friday evenings, said a daughter, Gail Boyle of Joppa.

Mrs. Walker was a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church in Riviera Beach.

Services were held Nov. 21.

In addition to her husband, surviving are two other daughters, Rachel Adcock and Joyce McRobie, both of Pasadena; two brothers, Charles Cobb of Baltimore and Mike Cobb of Seneca, S.C.; a sister, Juliet Montgomery of York, S.C.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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