Verna May (Lindsey) Walker passed on from this life Sept.
15, in Pinedale with her husband Darrell by her side and surrounded
by family. Verna was born a twin on Feb. 7, 1934, in
Sheridan to Alice and Virgil Lindsey. She attended school in
Sheridan and spent her summers on her Uncle Jack and Deyo
Jeffers Ranches. She attended Colorado Women’s College,
representing the college yearly in the Denver Stock Show, and
graduated in 1954. She worked as the secretary of psychology
at the Sheridan VA Medical Center until 1956. She married
Darrell Dee Walker on June 1, 1956. They moved to Laramie
and lived in the Butler huts while Darrell attended college.
She worked as a secretary for an attorney and also in the AG
Bio-Chemistry Department at the University of Wyoming. They spent summers in Pinedale
where they made lifelong friendships. Darrell and Verna packed up Jay, Kathy and Jon and
moved to Somalia in January of 1968 where Darrell was a soil scientist for the University of
Wyoming. Verna enjoyed Somalia and was the business manager for the American School
in Mogadishu for 2ó years. Verna loved to share her memories about the people of Somalia.
They returned to the states and moved to Sublette County in 1970. Patrick was born in February
1972. The family lived in Boulder and on the ranch in Daniel before building on the hill
above the Daniel Junction. She hosted the Bronx Community Club Christmas dinner on a 60-
below night before the carpet had been installed. Verna was a member of the Cowbelles and the
Bronx Community Club and was a 4-H leader. She was active with Women’s Aglow, church
functions, and was always baking for fundraisers and community dinners. She was famous
for her peanut brittle, angel food cakes, brownies and lemon bars. Verna volunteered as the
secretary for Sublette County Farm Bureau before becoming an insurance agent and starting
Walker Associates. She loved singing in community choirs, needlepoint and sewing. Verna
and Darrell operated Pitchfork Fondue for many years and truly enjoyed all the people they
met and friends they visited with. They were featured on an episode of “Taste of America” on
the Food Network. Verna loved spending time with her children and grandchildren teaching
them to bake and supporting them in school events and activities. Verna was a member of the
Church of the Resurrection and a cherished member of the Pinedale community.
She was preceded in death by her twin Merna, mother and father and brother Ivan.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years Darrell, her son Jay (Cheri) Walker of Ottumwa,
Iowa, daughter Kathy (Kim) Bright of Pinedale, son Jon of Pinedale, and son Patrick (Stephanie)
Walker of Livingston, Mont. She is also survived by her grandchildren Rebecca Christy,
Jessica Anderson, Katie Sherwood, Kenny Walker, Taylor Walker, Garrett Walker, Keegan
Walker and Landon Walker and nine great-grandchildren. Verna leaves behind many cousins,
nieces, nephews and close friends that she cared for greatly.
A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Pinedale Community
Church, 113 S. Maybell, Pinedale. Memorial gifts in Verna’s name can be sent to the Sublette
Center, P.O. Box 788, Pinedale, Wyo., 82941, or Rendezvous Pointe, P.O. Box 804, Pinedale
Verna’s joy, wisdom and caring nature touched the lives of more people than ever could be
recalled or listed here. She was a positive and graceful presence in every room she entered and
lives on in our memory as an example of how a wonderful person can live a full and beautiful