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Alpha Walker Dovel
© Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Services for Alpha Walker Dovel of Wichita, Kansas, formerly of Clinton, Oklahoma, were held at the First Christian Church in Clinton at 2PM, Friday, March 7, 2003, with Rev. Doyle Kinney and Rev. Larry Chapman of Harrah, Oklahoma, a long time family friend, officiating. Alpha died in Wichita, Kansas, Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at the age of 91. She was born in Centrahoma, Oklahoma on October 16, 1911, the oldest of 10 children. She was the daughter of Edd and Winnie Mae Beene Wright.

Alpha married Ollie Walker on November 11, 1928 at Mt. View, Oklahoma. They had a happy marriage for 53 years. He preceded her in death in 1982. In 1989 she married Rufus Dovel in Clinton and he preceded her in death in 1933.

Alpha dedicated her lif4e to Christ at the age of 17 and maintained her Christian faith for the rest of her life. She was formerly a member of the Custer Avenue Baptist Church and taught Sunday School there for many years. After her marriage to Mr. Dovel she joined the First Christian Church in Clinton and was a member there until her death.

She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge for over 30 years. Alpha worked as an LP at the old Oklahoma General Hospital for 13 years and during part of this period she and Mr. Walker were resident operatros for the old Country Club east of Clinton. In 1958, she and Mr. Walker moved to Cheyenne, Oklahoma where she worked at the Cheyenne Hospital for 14 years. She and Mr. Walker also managed the Schmidt Hotel in Cheyenne for 10 years. In 1973 they moved to Clinton to be closer to their children. In 1997 she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to be with her daughter and in June 2002 she moved with her daughter to Wichita, Kansas.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, she is preceded in death by 4 sons: Harold Gene Walker at birth, Donald E. Walker in 19754, Archie Walker in 1992, and Newell Walker in 1994, 3 sisters, Ollie Mae Lawson, Zelpha June Clemons and ou Edna Wright and 4 brothers, Jim, Jess, Jack and Joe Wright.

Survivors include her daughter, Iretta Drechsler and her husdband Bob of Wichita, Kansas; two daughters-in-law, Kathy Walker of Oklahoma City, Rayma Walker of Clinton and stepson Ronald Dovel of Washington, D.C. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Taylor and Lillian Sudderth, both of Carnegie, Oklahoma, 13 grandchildren, Donna Palmer, Rick and Steven Walker of Oklahoma City, Roger Rose of Edmond, Doug Rose of Clinton, Carol Sue Fetch of Clinton, Robert Walker of Weatherford, Debbie Franco of Oklahoma City, Larry and Ronnie Walker of Burns Flat, Tommy Walker of Herford, Tecxas and Kim Walker of Sayre, Oklahoma; 38 great grandchildren and 13 great- great-grandchildren. Also a very special friend, Joy Agan of Clinton and a host of nieces and nephews.

Burial was in the Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, Custer County, Oklahoma under the direction of iesau Funeral Home. Memorial may be made to Hospice Care of Kansas, 3241 E. Victor Place, Wichita, Kansas 67208 or Charity of Choice.

Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK 13-Mar-2003

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