Gladys James Walker, 67, hospital social worker


Gladys James Walker, a social worker for nearly four decades, died Dec. 18 of stomach cancer at St. Agnes HealthCare. The West Baltimore resident was 67.

Born in Sumter, S.C., she moved to Baltimore with her family as a child and later graduated from Frederick Douglass High School.

She met and married James Walker in 1954 and raised their two sons and three daughters while working at a nursing home.

In 1966, she went to work at North Charles General Hospital as a social worker, specializing in drug counseling. She remained there until 1989, when she joined Union Memorial Hospital.

Among her family and friends, Mrs. Walker was renowned for her Southern cooking, said her daughter, Diane Walker of Baltimore. They usually clamored for her specialty -- pig's feet.

When she wanted to relax, Mrs. Walker enjoyed taking cruises with her friends to the Bahamas. Her daughter said she had gone all over the world in her travels.

Mrs. Walker was active in many community organizations, including the Uptown Sportsman Club, family reunion clubs and travel clubs.

Her husband is deceased.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Alfred Walker and Kenneth Walker, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Theresa Walker and Sharon Walker of Baltimore; five brothers, Leon James, Freddie James, Luther James, Melvin James and Pete James, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Ivory James, Jacqueline James and Mary Luce, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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