Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Bernadetta (Pierce) Walton, passed away June 6, 2013 in Claremore, Oklahoma at the age of 89 years.
Berna was born April 10, 1924 in Rochester, Texas and arrived in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma in 1926, at the age of two, with her parents Frank and Gracie Pierce in a covered wagon, and has been her home-town ever since.
She attended Grade School in both Jackson and Lee Schools and graduated from Pauls Valley High School in May 1942. While in school, History of any kind was a favorite subject, especially happenings in the area. After graduation, she went to work in September as a Telephone Operator for Southwestern Bell, where they were referred to as “Ma Bell’s Girls.”
She was married to Cleo A. Walton in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on September 2, 1953 and has been a member of Pauls Valley First United Methodist Church since November 1953 and involved in many activities, including Methodist Women both locally and worldwide. She was also involved with the Golden Agers, a non-denominational group for Senior Adults, as a Greeter for many years; Berna helped deliver ‘Meals-on-Wheels’ to shut-ins and assisted in preparing some meals; as well as helped with Vacation Bible School for children and was church historian since 1980.
Berna was a member of Pauls Valley Chapter #185 Order of the Eastern Star since November 1953 where she served as Worthy Matron, District Deputy and Grand Chapter Committees, Associate Mother Advisor of Rainbow Assembly for Girls and organized DeMolay Mother Club, and was President.
She was Charter member of the American Association of Retired Person in Pauls Valley in 1978 and worked with the City Council, HUD, and the Federal Housing Association finalizing plans for housing for Senior Adults resulting in the construction of the Donihoo-Colley Complex which had its grand opening on October 27, 1985.
She also held membership in the Pauls Valley Historical Society since 1978 where she served as Secretary for nine years; and was a volunteer at the Washita Valley Museum and Santa Fe Depot Museum; she received first Heritage Award for Recognition as Volunteer of the Year from Pauls Valley Main Street and for Historic Downtown Revitalization in February 2000.