Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy Birthday Zach Corbett, Matt Curtin, and Jordan Brandt!

Abby And Bree Are Taking Ski Lessons!

Abby and Bree had their first ski lesson yesterday. They are taking lessons through AF Rec Center up at Brighton.  They experienced a few bumps their first day, (losing gloves, a pole, etc).  Overall they loved it.  Both of them can't wait to get back on the slopes!

Aaron, Andrew, the Prices, and the Andersons went skiing Saturday morning.  They saw Abby and Bree at the beginning of their lesson.  Here is a video Aaron took of Andrew!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

LouJean Bell Walker

LouJean Bell Walker
1934 - 2017

 My mom and dad are Si and Myrtle Bell.  I have three siblings: Marvin (Dolly) Bell, Mary Ann (Robert) Rusick and Doug (Caryl) Bell.  Kent Samuel Walker and I were married/ sealed December 3, 1953 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity.

We have been blessed with nine children: Karie Jean (Craig) Jones, Kenna Lynn (Edward) McCracken, LouAnn Corbett, Sam (Gayla) Walker, Suzanne (Doug) Price, Teresa (Darren) Anderson, Deanna (Trent) Jacobson, Ruthann (Matthew) Curtin, and Aaron (Kelly) Walker + over 120 family members, at last count.

I enjoyed my school years in American Fork, being a Cougarette at BYU, spending 18 wonderful years in Idaho raising our family, two special years (as Sr. Missionaries) in New Jersey plus 100’s of trips in our beautiful A F Canyon.  But most of all, I enjoyed ‘Nurturing’ my family and ‘Spoiling’ Kent.
Today I want my family to know: “I am once again in the arms of my Mom and Dad!”
To my grandchildren:  “I am very, very Happy! Love, Grandma Walker”

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Hillcrest 1st Ward, 949 North 540 West, American Fork.  A viewing will be held Friday from 11-12:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service.  Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery.  Please share a memory at

Thomas S. Monson

I just heard that our prophet Thomas Spencer Monson passed away yesterday.  For those of you who do not know him, he is the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I'm so saddened by this news.  He was such an extraordinary man.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Second Mom

      Heaven received a beautiful angel last night.  My second mom, (LouJean Bell Walker)  passed away on December 29th @ 11:28 pm.  She passed away at home.  Peacefully.   With her family surrounding her.
     There is an empty spot in our home now.  In the 18 years that Aaron and I have been married, we've only been apart for about 3 years.
     LouJean has had memory problems for a little over 10 years now.  We first noticed it when she would repeat sentences.  Then she began to stumble over her words.  It was especially difficult when she began to forget names.  I'm not certain, but I think LouJean even lost some hearing.
      This past year, LouJean also lost her ability to walk.  We believe she may have had some mini strokes.  Several times when I or Megan (her cna) would wake her, we'd notice that the right side of her mouth was droopy and she had no strength in her right arm.  When we would shower her, she would lean hard to the right side. Her quality of life was so poor.
     LouJean slept a lot the past few months.  It wasn't uncommon for her to sleep 80-90% of the day and then still sleep through the night.  Wednesday morning I helped LouJean eat some breakfast.  She ate a whole bowl of oatmeal.  It took a lot of coaxing, but she finished all of it in about an hour.  After that, she slept.  We could not get her to wake up at all Thursday.  Of course we were concerned, so we called Dana (LouJean's hospice nurse).  Dana came and assessed LouJean.  LouJean's VS were good.  Her heart rate was a little elevated, but that's normal when someone is dehydrated.   She told us that when someone stops eating/drinking, it's usually between 3-7 days before they pass.😔
     The following day, Aaron awoke with a feeling that mom wouldn't be with us long. Phone calls were made and our house filled with family and loved ones.  Everyone that lived close by and was able to visit did.  Although LouJean never woke up, I believe she heard every word and felt every embrace.
     Just before nine that evening, Kent offered a prayer for LouJean.  All 9 of their children were present, either in person or on skype.  The prayer was beautiful.   I am thankful I was able to be there.
     I left for work shortly after the prayer.  That was the last time I saw LouJean alive.  Aaron sent me a text around 10:35 stating that her O2 Sat was down to 75%.  When she passed, she opened her eyes and squeezed Kent's hand. Luckily, the family of the child I was caring for was very understanding.  I returned home with the family.  We all held each other and cried.
     Symbii was called.  They notified Anderson and Sons Mortuary.  It was probably about an hour before the mortuary arrived.   I held LouJean's hand for a long while.  Her hands were still warm.  As they took LouJean, Brody made the statement, "Goodbye Grandma and Grandpa Bell."  All of us were stunned.  You see, Grandma and Grandpa Bell are LouJean's parents.  Brody has never met them.  In fact neither have I.  It wasn't uncommon for LouJean to have conversations with her mom and dad.  Brody is my special boy.  I think he really did see LouJean's parents.  ☺  What a special gift Heavenly Father gave us!
     We LOVE YOU Grandma Walker!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017