Katrina Walters Wicker, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at The Carpenter House. She was 93 years old. Katrina was born in in Baskin, Louisiana (Franklin Parish) to Worth William Walters and Ethel Nixon Walters. After high school graduation, she attended the Western Union Training School in Springfield, Missouri. Traveling to Missouri on a train in the heat of the summer, she said she was sweltering in her only good outfit – a red wool suit. After completion of studies, she secured a job at Western Union in downtown Baton Rouge. It was war times and Western Union was a hubbub of activity. One day, a tall, handsome Marine came strolling in the office asking for Katrina Walters. It seems her old friend from Baskin, Don Norman, was stationed with Ben and heard Ben was going to Baton Rouge on leave. Don asked Ben to look up his friend. Ben certainly did that and married her within a few months on December 20, 1944. Katrina and Ben were married 72 years until his death after the great flood of 2016. She lived a full and productive life having a large circle of friends and church family in Baton Rouge. But her heart remained in Baskin and during her lifetime she traveled back often taking her children, nieces, grandchildren, great-grands and anyone else that wanted to take a little ride. She still maintained a bond of kinship with her best friends there, Bud and Oleta Hilbun. She was a faithful member of Blackwater Methodist Church since the early 50’s and was active in her Mary Martha Circle.
She is survived by her sister, Kouzea “Dee” Norman Bryan of Rayville; brother, Illie Ray Nixon (Becky) of West Monroe; sister-in-law, Mildred Walters of Jetmore, Kansas; daughters, Kathy Wicker and Becky Collins of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Casey Bradford of Central, Lyn-dee Mattia (Frank) of Elkins Park, PA, Will Bradford (Rachel) of Central, and Jessica Collins of Baton Rouge; and great-grandchildren who provided her with many hours of entertainment, Phoebe, Brady and AnnaLynn Mattia. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Worth Walters and Twyman Walters (Kitten); and her oldest daughter, Diane Wicker Davis and husband Frank.
The family wishes to thank The Carpenter House for their exceptional care and Barbara Smith, her devoted companion.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road, Central, LA, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Pattye Hewitt. The graveside service and burial will follow in the Blackwater United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blackwater Church 10000 Blackwater Road Baker, La 70414.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com
I send my love to the wicker family. Im sorry I cant be there with you. Ms Katrina is one of my favorite people. I hope she and my Mama meet up and visit---they were such good friends.
Darrell McKnightGriffin, GA
We met Katrina for a short time when she visited her granddaughter in Pennsylvania. She was s lovely lady with gracious charm. Our hearts go out to all of the family for a great loss. At this special season of Christmas we will be praying for her. May she Rest In Peace.
Warmly in God’s Love, Mattia Family
Art & Sandy MattiaHuntingdon Valley, PA
I can’t stop thinking of my Aunt Katrina, who was ready my 2nd cousin. It was always so fun to go visit at her house when I was young. My dad & her would talk about gardening the whole time, always trading different plants with each other. She always had a smile on her face and was such a joy to be around. She will not be forgotten.
Desiree Henry GuilloryLafayette, LA
My condolences to your family. May you find some comfort for your great loss in the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15.
Jon GenierGray, LA
So sorry for the families loss. Prayers for and confort. RIP you will be missed by so many.
Geralyn Riddle CooperPollRd, AR