Shizue Sekiguchi Walker, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, passed away on July 18, 2022 at age 96 after a period of declining health.
Born March 23, 1926, in Yokohama, Japan, she met Joseph Nathaniel Walker, who was serving in the U.S. Army in Japan, through her brother, Takashi. After a seven-year romance, they married on September 17, 1953 at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
The couple lived in Japan, Okinawa (where they had a daughter), and Guam (where they had a son) during Joseph’s military career, and eventually made their home in Sierra Vista, Arizona after his retirement in 1964 to raise their family. Shizue was a housewife and mother until 1969, when she became employed with Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) for the then known Thunder Mountain Non-Commissioned Officers’ (NCO) Club and the Mountain View Golf Course, where she remained for 41 years. It was during this time that Suzy, as she was known, joined the First Baptist Church alongside Joseph, who was already a member. Suzy retired from NAF on October 8, 2010. Joseph preceded her in death on October 29, 1997, a son, William Anthony Walker, on October 10, 2018, and a brother, Takashi Sekiguchi on December 11, 2019.
Suzy is survived by a brother, Hiroshi Sekiguchi in addition to three sisters, Kiku Sato, Chieko Kobayashi, and Atsuko Hatano. She is also survived by two daughters, Cletus Keiko Boeckholt (Dean) and Eileen Emiko Walker and two sons, Joseph Nathanial Walker, Jr. and James David Walker (Sandra). She was grandmother to eight and a great grandmother of ten.
A visitation is scheduled for Friday, July 29, 2022 from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. The family will greet visitors during this time. Funeral services will be held the following Saturday, July 30, at 10:00 A.M. Both services will be held at Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 South Highway 92, Sierra Vista.
The internment will follow at Cochise Memory Garden Cemetery, 5590 East Charleston Road.
A reception will be held on July 30 from 11:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church, 1447 South 7th Street.
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