Nova L. Walker, 49 - February 28, 2013Nova L. Walker, 49, of Cozad passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Cozad after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Services will take place on Monday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Cozad with the Rev. Rodney Mohler officiating. Burial will be at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, north of Cozad.
Walker was born April 20, 1963, at Cozad to John and Shirley (Adle) Freeman. She attended Cozad High School.
On April 9, 1979, she married William “Bill” Walker in Mississippi. The couple made their home in Cozad where she began work at SouthView Manor as a CNA. She continued her education while working at the care home, and eventually worked her way to the dietary management position.
After about 10 years in the dietary position, she then began work at Burkinks Foods where she became a supervisor. She also drove a school bus for the Cozad school system.
In 1993, she and her husband moved to Eddyville where she drove the local school bus and also served as an EMT for the local rescue squad. They would later move to Osceola to be close to family, eventually returning to Cozad in January of 2013.
Faith was the backbone of her life, and it was her self-proclaimed goal in life to let others know that Jesus loves them through encouragement and time spent with others, according to family members. She made a conscious effort to live her faith daily, even when her health left her with plenty of things she could have complained about, the family said.
She volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer and loved working with kids, which was exemplified by the special efforts she made travelling to local schools and raising awareness of bullying among young students by means of puppets. She had also volunteered as an EMT for both the Cozad and Eddyville rescue squads.
While Walker was devout in her spiritual life, in the context of family life, she was a wonderful prankster and always made people laugh with her great sense of humor and easy smile, the family said. She deeply enjoyed socializing, and when she and her husband returned to Cozad, she loved to spend time at the coffee shop with friends. She was also a wonderful grandmother and loved every minute spent with her three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, John and Shirley; her son, Shane; a brother, Nolan Freeman.
Survivors include: her husband, Bill Walker of Cozad; her daughter, Tanya (James) Pearson of Osceola; two sons—Talon Walker (Angela Perrin) and William L. Walker of Osceola; three grandchildren—Tana, Zoey and Zayden; two brothers—Rick (Linna) Freeman of Seattle, WA, and Jesse (Katrina) Freeman of Jay, OK; three sisters—Alicia Heiden of LaVista, Bonnie Jeanne (Wesley) Flaming of Jay and Dawn (Ben) Hosterman of Tulsa, OK; numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established.