Joan B. Walters, Sun editorial assistant

Joan B. Walters, a former Baltimore Sun editorial assistant who earlier had worked in the newspaper's library, died New Year's Day of heart failure at her Rosedale home.

She was 62.

Joan Barnes was born in Baltimore and raised in Turners Station. She was a 1967 graduate of Dundalk High School.

In 1969, Mrs. Walters joined the library staff of The Baltimore Sun, where she worked as an assistant. In 1991, she became an editorial assistant in the newspaper's old Harford County bureau in Bel Air.

She was later reassigned to The Sun's metropolitan desk, where she continued working until retiring in 2007.

While working for the newspaper, Mrs. Walters participated in its Reading By Nine program, which sought to help young city public school students develop proficiency in reading.

She had been an active member of the Goodwood Improvement Association when she lived in Essex. She also was a longtime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In recent years, she had taken art courses. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and was an avid crossword puzzle fan.

He husband of nine years, George Walters, a steamfitter, died in 2004.

Mrs. Walters was a member of New Psalmist Baptist Church of Baltimore, 6020 Marian Drive, where services will be held at noon Saturday.

Surviving are a son, William J. Wilson of Rosedale; a daughter, Maia B. McFliggins of Rosedale; two brothers, Melvin Barnes and Stanley Barnes, both of Baltimore; and a sister, Dorothy DeShazo of Baltimore. An earlier marriage to the Rev. Charles McFliggins ended in divorce.

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