Born: 08/19/1951 Died: 07/27/2011 Maiden Name: Byington Honorific: n/a
Beatrice Walker, 59, of McAlester, passed away on June 27, 2001, at McAlester Regional Health Center. Beatrice was born Aug. 19, 1951, in Weleetka. She was the daughter of Jesse and Lucille West Byington. She graduated from McAlester High School with the class of 1969. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in nursing homes in Tulsa and Tulsa County Jail. She also worked as a corrections officer for the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. In 2000, Beatrice moved back to McAlester and became heavily involved with the community. She was a volunteer and member of the Red Hat Society, Oklahomans for Independent Living serving on the Board and SILC Board appointed by the governor, D.A.R., Hospital Auxiliary, Choctaw Nation Senior Citizens, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 1098, the Oklahoma State University Extension Home Community Education Organization, Pittsburg County HCE Group (Twin Community) since 2007 and served as president and secretary, Pittsburg County Fair and the Annual Baby Fair, Make a Difference Day, coached at the Boys and Girls Club and attended Choctaw language class. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of McAlester and was active in the clothing room, angel tree and missions. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Isaac Byington and Lumpsey Byington; maternal grandparents, William and Martha West; paternal grandparents, Henry and Louena Byington; and brother-in-law, Sauce July. Survivors include her sons, Robbie Zerbe of McAlester and Gus Allen Zerbe of Madill; grandchildren, Destiny Brewer, Cierra Brewer, Rylee Zerbe and Elizabeth Wardip; brothers, Joseph Byington with wife Shirley of Cushing, and Jeff Byington with wife Marilyn of Daisy; sister Sharon July of McAlester; sister-in-law Cathy Byington of Krebs; special niece Tabitha July; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.