Joada Pearl (Pinkley) Walden, was born April 4, 1925, and departed life on June 27 at age eighty-six. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Vicie Valentine and Robert Monroe Pinkley; her husband of fifty years, Carl Lee Walden; her first-born child, Roberta Carlene (Walden) Truan; and her only sibling, Robert Monroe Pinkley, Jr.
She is survived by six children, James Lee Walden of Eureka Springs, Ark.; Carroll Dean Walden of Romona, Okla.; Phillip Wayne Walden of Skiatook, Okla.; Patricia Ann Dycus of Sand Springs, Okla.; Leatrice Josephine Isham of Sugar Creek, Mo.; and Deborah Sue Smith of Burnet, Texas.
She was very proud of her 25 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and she was completely devoted to Skeeter, her doggie companion of eleven years.
Mrs. Walden grew up in the Rockhouse community south of Eureka Springs. She graduated from the Concord School near Keels Creek, and studied at the School of the Ozarks, where she worked in the kitchen and dining room and first earned her reputation for being an excellent baker and cook. She was a lifelong gardener, and she lovingly cared for her flower garden until her last days.
She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.
Visitation will be from 5 -- 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Beaver Cemetery with Brother David Kline officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Beaver Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 South Main Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.