Doris L. Walker

Doris Lee (Rolfe) Walker was born April 18, 1946, in Charlotte, to Leslie and Edna (McDonald) Rolfe. Doris grew up in Charlotte and attended Charlotte High School, graduating in 1964. The Charlotte High School library is where she met the love of her life, George Walker. They married July 10, 1965, and raised three daughters and had countless adventures together. 

Doris began her career as a cashier at Wrigley’s grocery store. From there she went to work at General Motors so her family could have more weekends together. Doris began working on the assembly line and would eventually transfer to the paint department as a Supervisor and Quality Control. Doris took an early retirement buyout in 1995 to spend more time with George who had already retired. When the kids had grown, they decided to spend more time doing what they loved – traveling. They were always exploring new areas and every winter you could find them in Port Charlotte/ Punta Gorda, Fla., spending time with their beloved friends. After George passed away in 2007, Doris continued traveling with girlfriends and family members to places such as Hawaii, California, Massachusetts and South Carolina, to name a few. 

Doris had a true passion for life and an adventurous spirit. She was a true friend to all those who knew her and would always lend a helping hand. She could usually be found at or near a pool chatting with and becoming fast friends with anyone she met. Many years were spent entertaining friends and family at pool parties on Otto Road. Doris was a loyal friend and loved being with her girlfriends, lunching with high school friends and spending time with her granddaughters. She loved all animals (except snakes) and could be found regularly rescuing animals such as turtles, squirrels, raccoons and feeding deer in her backyard. She taught us to not sweat the small stuff, be true to your word and when given the chance – always keep exploring. 

Doris passed away peacefully after a brief, but hard-fought battle with cancer on Sunday, June 9, 2019. 

She will be dearly missed by her daughters, Shawndee (Finley) Bolenbaugh of Dewitt, and Shena (Curt) Winslow of Solana Beach, Calif.; and her granddaughters Rachel Cook of Grand Rapids, Kara Bolenbaugh of Dewitt and Lila and Elle Winslow of Solana Beach. She is also survived by her sister, Diane (Douglas) Hamilton of Southfield; sisters-in-law, Barbara Rolfe of Kalamazoo, and Judy Kelley of Charlotte; and brother-in-law, Dennis (Cindy) Walker of Hastings, along with her cherished nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Shrek. 

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, George Walker; and her daughter, Shantell Lyn Walker-Cook; her parents; and her brother, Dale Rolfe.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The family received friends on Friday, June 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Union Cemetery.

Those desiring, may make contributions in Doris’s honor to the Helping Hands Food Pantry, 600 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813 or Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick St., Charlotte, MI 48813.

The family is in the care of Burkhead Green Kilgo Funeral Home and friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Doris at