Mary Ellen Turley Walters 1948-2017

Mary Ellen Walters, 69, of Flatwoods, KY peacefully passed at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, KY on July 30, 2017, Surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Mother's Day, May 9, 1948, in Ashland, KY, a daughter of the late Eugene C. and Lillian Gilley Turley of Flatwoods.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Turley of Greenup.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Gary D. Walters; three daughters, Alison Walters Smith and husband Marty of Nicholasville, KY, Erin Walters Hunter of Tampa, FL, and Brooke Walters Hamilton of Lexington, KY; one son, Tyler D. Walters and fiancé Ashley Chin of Chicago, IL. She and Gary were blessed with seven grandchildren: Alex and Lucas Hunter, Grant Hamilton, Dylan, Ainsley, Nicholas, and Finn Smith. She is also survived by a sister, Debby Turley Atkins of Russell and one brother, Brian Dee Turley and wife Connie of Charlotte, NC, along with a host of family and friends that will mourn her passing.

She retired from the Russell Independent School System in 2004. As a teacher for 28 years, she impacted generations of elementary students with her humble, kind, and serving spirit. She was a lifetime member of Advance United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, as well as the Greenup County Retired Teachers Association. After retirement, her greatest joy was to travel and spend time with her family.

Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Advance United Methodist Church in Flatwoods, KY with Rev. Don Young and Rev. Sean Schroll officiating. Burial will be at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery NE in Greenup, KY.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the church and an hour before the service on Wednesday.

The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with the arrangements.


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#4 Monica Hicks 2017-08-02 15:44
I had the pleasure of working with your sweet wife, mother, and grandmother at Russell Primary for many years. Ellen was probably one of the kindest, soft-spoken, and patient ladies I've known in our profession. Yet, although I never had "Mrs. Walters" as my own teacher, my oldest nephew, who just got married this past February, did benefit. She made a difference in Dylan's life. The Lamber-Walters team to this day are among his favorite memories. I know you have many hard days ahead, but rest easy knowing she Ellen did great things in the world - she changed the life of children. The "mailbox" outside her classroom door said, "I teach for the little reasons." Yes she did. God bless and peace to you all. Ellen until we meet again...
#3 Harold & Shirley Wat 2017-08-02 01:21
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Hold your sweet & cherished memories close to your heart.
#2 Paul & Katrina 2017-08-01 14:42
There are no words to express how much our hearts break for you all. We LOVE the Walters Family. Ellen was the definition of an Angel on Earth. She loved and was loved by her family. We are blessed to have been a part of her life. We will continue to pray for each of you.
MiMi & Pops
#1 Holly Ross 2017-07-31 16:31
I taught with Ellen at Advance during my very first year of teaching. Such a sweet, kind, classy lady. She also raised some awesome children. My condolences to the family.

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