Sylvia Lea (Brase) Walker, 78 of Junction City went to be with her Heavenly Family on March 28, 2019. Funeral services will be Monday, April 1, 2019, 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Dyton Owen officiating, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm at Johnson Funeral Home, 203 N. Washington Street, Junction City, KS. Memorial contributions have been designated to the First United Methodist Church, Friends of Animals and C.L. Hoover Opera House.
Sylvia was born February 14, 1941 in Fort Knox, KY, to MSG Wesley and Mae (Culham) Brase. She lived most of her life in Junction City except when her father was stationed elsewhere including her favorite, two years in Greece. She graduated from Junction City High School where she participated in plays, was head cheerleader and class secretary her senior year. She attended Kansas State University, married David Walker in 1960 and began working as a secretary in the Junction City School superintendent's office. Sylvia began her Fort Riley career at Post Supply and moved to Headquarters as the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Division Commander, a position she held until her retirement in 1968.
She received many distinguished service awards while in that position. Sylvia then began her second career as a homemaker and mother where she expanded her talents to include sewing, knitting, crocheting, needle point, cooking, and raising two daughters,Valere and Dana. Sylvia was an active member of The First United Methodist Church in Junction City for over 60 years. She was a Sunday school teacher and choir member for many years. In addition, Sylvia was a member and board member of many organizations including the March of Dimes, Red Cross blood drives, Ladies Reading Club, Old trooper Ladies, YMCA, CL Hoover Opera House renovation, Junction City Country Club, and served on the Alumni Athletic Board at Kansas State University. She was a great cook and loved baking her amazing cookies for the troops. Golf was her second love, she was club champion for 15 years at the Junction City Country Club and Rolling Meadows Golf Course. Bridge and Mah-jongg were her favorite indoor activities. She taught classes on how to play Bridge and on etiquette.
Sylvia loved to travel making several trips to Europe and Mexico, as well as Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia. She went to Alaska, Hawaii and most, if not all of the other states.
Surviving relatives include her husband David of the home, two daughters, Valere Schlesinger of Scottsdale, AZ, Dana Gooley of Broken Arrow, OK. Grandchildren Kathryn and Samuel Schlesinger of Scottsdale, AZ, Allyson and Matthew Gooley of Westminster, CO. Her sister Bonnie Cain, nieces Shari Cooper and Michelle Warnock of Kansas City, and Teresa Warnock of Manhattan, KS.She was preceded in death by her parents Mae and Wesley Brase
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