Therese Luise Walker


Therese Luise Walker

Therese Luise "Rita" Walker, 91, of Charleston, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1926, in Nuremburg, Germany. She was a young teen living in Germany during World War II, where she met Carl Lane, who would later be her husband, and the man who would bring her to the United States in 1947.

She was an incredibly hard worker who was dedicated to her family. She worked at M&M Mars most recently, but worked in furniture manufacturing for the majority of her life. When she was able, she loved to travel. 

She is preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Carl Lane; son, James Lane; daughter, Rosemary Lane Woodall; and three sisters: Mary Muench of Eltnan Bavaria, Emmi and Lissy. 

She leaves behind her sister, Frieda Hopkins (George) of Greensboro, N.C.; son-in-law, James (Jim) Woodall; Jim's children: Jason Woodall and Jamie Woodall, Norman, and their children; many nieces, nephew and other extended family members; her second husband, Vance Walker, and his three children: Walter Vance Walker II and Vickie Walker, both of Cleveland, and Jeanne Walker of Dalton, Ga. 

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Companion Funeral Home, 2419 Georgetown Road N.W. 

A Celebration of Life service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. with Pastor Stan Gibson officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Candies Creek Cemetery. 

Share a personal memory of Rita or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at

The family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research hospital or the charity of your choice.


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