Karen "Stuffy" D. (McCullum) Walker

Born: Sat., Mar. 7, 1959
Died: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 14, 2018
Location: Minor - Morris Funeral Home, Ltd.

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 14, 2018
Location: Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Sun., Oct. 14, 2018
Location: Mt. Zion Baptist Church

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What do you get when you mix love, glamour, a grand sense of humor, and a big heart willing to help anyone in her path, well that is Karen Denise McCullum Walker.  She was born to Clote and Rose McCullum and made her debut into this world on March 7, 1959. She was the youngest of five children. She made her transition into eternity while smiling at her family at her side on October 7, 2018.  

Karen, affectionately called “Stuffy” accepted Christ at an early age at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Isaac Singleton.  She was in the Sunshine Choir and she was a Jr. Usher.

Karen attended Joliet Public Schools, McKinley Park and Dirksen Jr. High.  It was at Dirksen, she became a cheerleader.  She later graduated from Joliet West High School in 1977 and she went on to attend and graduate from Barbizon School of Modeling in Chicago, IL.

Karen’s list of employment consisted of the Paul Harris Department Store, Klines Department Store, and First National Bank of Joliet.  She later worked for 28 years in the Will County Treasurer Office up until her transition. Co-workers say Karen was an incredible friend with an indomitable spirit. Even though cancer won the physical battle, anyone who knows Karen knows it did not beat her. All of us in the Treasurer's Office are heartbroken and will miss her dearly.

In 1995, Karen met the love of her life and married Darwin Walker on July 27th.  They have been married for 23 years.

Karen loved to travel, shop, bowl and spending time with her family.  Family and friends are all too familiar with her big heart.  They say she would give you the shirt off her back.  Another says she even lent her car to someone so they could drive out of town to interview for a job.  Still others talk about when they needed help with their taxes, their lives; she was truly a problem solver and a solutionist they could trust.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Clote and Rose McCullum, her grandparents, George and Willie Mae McCullum and Dewey and Della McCoy, her brothers-in-law, Gazzaro (Eva) Walker and Rocko (Vanesa) Walker.

She leaves in the loving hands of God, her devoted husband, Darwin Walker, one brother,  Robert (Jacqueline) McCullum of Peoria, IL; three sisters, Linda Blackmon, Wanda (David-deceased) Hill, Debra McCullum, all of Joliet, IL;  two aunts,  Allie (Ulmer-deceased) Evans, Helen (Jake-deceased) Edwards of Joliet; two uncles, Henry (Kathleen) McCoy of Laurel, MS and Charley (Edna) Cooley of Memphis, TN; brother-in-law, Brodrin Walker of Bolingbrook, IL. She further leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to cherish her memory and legacy.

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Suzanne (Suzie) Peyla-Aimaro
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
In loving memory of our Bestest friend Karen! We miss you Dearly!!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McCullum and Walker families! In this tragic time of loss may God be with us all!! Heaven just got another Angel! Love you girlfriend!!!! Suzie & Steve Aimaro

Mary Joyce Duncan
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018

   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Oh Karen, thank you for being a wonderful friend at our office. I will miss you, your great sense of humor, and your smile. I know you're so happy with the Lord, see you in Heaven. Love, Barb

Robert G. Barnett
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018

Nancy Koch
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Dear Bob, Jackie and Family,
My deepest sympathies to each of you as you mourn the loss of your sister. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the next days.

Jim and Liz Saldana
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, the Walker and McCullum families at this most difficult time. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one.

Dina Delsol
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018


Darwin, you have our deepest sympathies at this time. Our prayers & hearts are going out to you and your family. —Citgo lab

Jodie Davis Sims
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
To the McCullum and Walker Families,
Stuffy had an infectious smile. A very kind spirit, but God Favored Her! Rise up Stuffy into Heavens Gates.
Prayers to you ALL

Tammy Pealer
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
My Condolences to the Family. You will FOREVER be a Happy memory of our friendship.

Lynn Lockhart
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the Walker and mccullum families! Karen was truly a treasure to know she may be gone but never forgotten! We are deeply saddened by her loss, l know the lord has welcomed her with open arms
And we are blessed to have one very special angel to watch over us.

ELLA GORDON, Curtis Spinks &. Cameron Spinks
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the McCullum and Walker Family. We lived next door to Karen and Darwin for 9 years. Karen always had a smile on her face and a great listen ear with the biggest heart💓. God is getting a True Angel👼. With Love! 💓

Jacqueline Dillon
   Posted Wed October 17, 2018
So sorry for your loss. May the LORD comfort you while you grieve.

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