Mary Lou Walten, 74, served as president of Governor’s Land Garden Club

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Mary Lou Walten
Mary Lou Walten

Mary Lou Walten, 74, of Governor’s Land in Williamsburg, Va., died peacefully after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The daughter of the late Robert and Doris (McCloskey) Miller, she was born and raised in New Jersey.

She attended Paterson State College, obtaining a B.A. in mathematics. As a young woman, she dedicated herself to the profession of teaching junior high and high school math. Over the years she had volunteered in several capacities for organizations such as UVA Hospital, MEDCAP, Girl Scouts of America, New Hampshire Historical Society, American Association of University Women, Jamestown Heritage Republican Women’s Club, Williamsburg Botanical Gardens Association and Williamsburg Symphonia. She served as president of the Governor’s Land Garden Club as well as a board member of the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.

She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Brian Smith, of Suffolk, Va.; beloved grandchildren, Matthew and Hannah Smith, of Suffolk, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marylu Miller, of Sedona, Ariz.; niece, Lindsay Miller, and her husband, James, of Baltimore, Md.; nephews, Brad Miller, and his wife, Hannah, of Annapolis, Md., and Ted Binder, and his wife, Anja, of Hygiene, Colo.; and cousin, David Rauppius, of Fort Myers, Fla. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 40 years, Max G. Walten.

The family will receive visitors from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Richmond, Va., with a reception to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., in Richmond, Va.

Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.