Ardelle “Ardee” Walker
It is with profound sadness we announce that Ardelle (Ardee) Dae Walker, 78, went home to her Heavenly Father on July 9th. She passed away peacefully at home in Jamestown, surrounded by family. She spent her life doing God’s work and loving fiercely. She will be missed greatly. Ardee was born May 18, 1941, in Little Falls, Minnesota, to Earl Robert and Edith Matilda (Haas) Tarbell. She spent her childhood in Cleveland, North Dakota, until her family moved to Jamestown. She married Ronald Kelly in 1956, with whom she had four children. After Ronald passed away in 1982, she married Robert Walker, with whom she enjoyed 27 wonderful years of marriage. She spent her life as a caregiver, working with a multitude of different organizations to provide her love, support, and compassion to countless others. Ardee was passionately devoted to her family and took every opportunity to spend time with them. She loved attending her grandchildrens’ and great-grandchildrens’ sporting and school events, and rarely missed any. She also enjoyed traveling, particularly to visit her niece, Becky, in Minneapolis. She was recognized by many by her signature red lipstick. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Myron and Warren (Deloris) Tarbell; great-grandson, Keaton Neva; and mother-in-law, Bertha Walker. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert; sons, Mark (Linda), Joe (Laurel), and Pat (Tammy) Kelly; daughter, Tracy (Randy) Neva; ten grandchildren, Chris, Amanda, Sonya, Jess, Brad, Kristin, Nicole, Jayme, Jennifer, and Sarah; nineteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce (Walter) Jensen, Patricia (William) Wright, and Carol (Calvin) Ost; brothers, Gerald (Marilyn) and David (Deb) Tarbell; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held for her family and close friends with arrangements made by Eddy’s Funeral Home. Memorials can be sent to Jamestown Regional Medical Center Hospice in gratitude for the wonderful attention Ardee received during her last days. Her family will be forever grateful for their compassionate care.