Marty Elam Walker
Published: January 3, 2013
Marty Elam Walker, 66, of Hot Springs, died on December 31, 2012 at Mercy Hospital. She was born November 10, 1946 in Hot Springs to Martin H. Elam and Doris Gibbs Elam.
Marty raised her children in Little Rock and, while there, co-owned a small business, Letter Perfect, on Stagecoach Road. She was very active in her children's activities and a 20-year member of Beta Sigma Phi.
A graduate of the class of '64 from Hot Springs High School, Marty moved back to Hot Springs in 1992 and coordinated her 30th and 35th Class Reunions both in Hot Springs and The White House. She loved Hot Springs and started working in the hospitality business. The Arlington Hotel hired her as Convention Services Manager after working with her on one of the class reunions. She moved to the Majestic and the Austin Hotel for almost 5 years and then got the opportunity to work as Business Manager with the Miss Arkansas Pageant from 2006-2010. She attended the Miss America Pageant several times in Las Vegas. A member of First Presbyterian Church and charter member of Garvan Woodland Gardens, she enjoyed her Bunko Group and Dinner Club.
Marty loved traveling Europe with her partner, best friend and caregiver, Terry Wallace. Her family was her greatest joy. She is survived by her son, Chris Walker and wife, Laura, of Bryant; her daughter, Traci Hogue and husband, Michael, of Little Rock. Her most precious gems are her grandchildren, Katelyn, Caroline and Kennedy Hogue, Gage Stark, Preslie and Colt Walker. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Janis and Clarence Griggs of Haskell, and the five very special Dixon nephews, numerous cousins, Aunt Nadine Lotz and dog, Lexi.
Special thanks to Dr. Muldoon and the staff of Genesis Cancer Center as well as the staff of Arkansas Hospice at Mercy Hospital.
Her honorary pallbearers are the Hot Springs High School Class of 1964, The Magnolias Group, The Miss Arkansas Pageant management and participants and her five Dixon nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs, Ark. 71901 or Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, Ark. 71913.
Visitation will take place at First Presbyterian Church on Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be offered at First Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Guest register is www.caruth-hale.com.