LaDarla Walker Keith
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WELCOME! My name is La Darla Walker Keith and I started this Wise County Page in 1996 to be sure our county would be represented on the Web. My first ancestors to arrive in Texas came in 1821-23. My Wise County ancestors came later. We will be posting information of historical and genealogical interest on this page. Sue Tackel, David Pitts and I have worked together on most of the projects you will see at this web site. **Please Note** All information posted on this web site is believed to follow copyright guidelines; if anyone discovers otherwise, such material will be removed upon notification.
WELCOME! La Darla Walker Keith
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Thank you to all the people that wrote sympathy notes. Over the years LaDarla helped people from all over the country with their genealogy research. Thank you also to those who made donations in her name to the Wise County Historical Society/Heritage Museum.
The Legacy of LaDarla Keith as written by David Pitts:
La Darla always led us Wise County volunteers by example. We will miss her deeply, but will carry on with her dream.
from Jones Family Funeral Home
She was born March 3, 1936 to Robert and Doris (Conner) Walker in Boonsville, Texas. She was an avid reader who enjoyed traveling worldwide, photography, crocheting, and was a self-labeled computer geek.
LaDarla retired from Rodger Meier Cadillac in Dallas as Director of Warranty in 1998. After retirement she spent a lot of free time researching genealogy, and soon realized she had a gift for fact-finding. Before long she was assisting others who were searching out their family history as well. This process led her to search out cemetery and other family records, and before long she had a very full, part-time job.
She, along with Sue Tackel, received numerous awards, including the TXGenWeb Project County of the Year award for 2010. She and Sue were affectionately known as the 'Cemetery Ladies.'
She leaves behind daughters Mickie Gilmore, Karen Judd, Lisa Keith and Kimberley Yardley; brother Billy Fred Walker and wife Sandra; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephews Monte St. John, Kevin St. John, Bo Walker and Clay Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years Clarence 'Sonny' Keith; and sister Glenda St. John.