Nancy R. “Rosie” Walters

October 3, 2023

Nancy R. Walters (Rosie), 89, of Frankfort, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2023. She was born in 1934 to Lester and Opal Hardwick in Rushville, Indiana.

Rosie was a 1952 graduate of Muncie Central High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana Central College and her master’s degree from Ball State Teacher’s College. She met her husband and love of her life, Dick Walters, while a student at Indiana Central and they were married on June 30, 1956. Dick preceded her in death in September 2017 after 61 years of marriage.

Dick & Rosie made their home in Clinton County, Indiana where Rosie was an elementary school teacher for 43 years. She taught at Forest Elementary, Kyger Elementary, and then Clinton Central Elementary until her retirement in 1999. Rosie was a dedicated, caring teacher who made a difference in so many lives. She still heard from many of her past students who considered Rosie their “favorite” teacher.

Rosie had a close group of friends whose love, support & companionship meant the world to her. Rosie was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved nothing more than to have everyone together, especially at the beach and during the holidays. Her family is grateful to have so many wonderful memories and will cherish them forever.

Memorials may be made to the Frankfort Community Public Library Gardens, 208 W. Clinton Street, Frankfort, IN 46041.

Visitation and Services

Rosie’s family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort.

Survived by:

Rosie is survived by a son: Jay (Jenny) of Noblesville, Daughter: Pamela (Mark) Samide of Louisville, KY, 3 Grandsons: Adam (Lindsay) Walters of Traverse City, MI, Aaron (Lindsey) Samide of Louisville, KY, and Luke Walters of Dallas, TX, 4 Great-grandchildren: Jack, Wyatt & Grayce Walters and Madison Samide.

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her husband: Dick.


Leave your Condolences

14 Condolences for “Nancy R. “Rosie” Walters”

  1. Jane Sheets October 3, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    We lost an excellent and dedicated teacher. Rosie touched and nudged so many students to help them realize their potential.
    There were some GREATS at Clinton Central. Rosie was one of the greatest.
    Plus, I admired Dick and Rosie’s relationship. When you saw one you always saw the other. Now they are again walking hand in hand.
    My condolences to the Walters family. ( great picture of Rosie…. She would appreciate your choice)

  2. Ken Walters October 3, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    MRS. Walters…in your class, I was Kenneth to allow another to be Kenny. I suppose that was the beginning of learning a more grown up perspective. I was glad to reconnect on Facebook. You were the first teacher I ever saw outside of school. Teachers are real people, too! Comfort & blessings to your family.

  3. Patty Payne Weber October 3, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Yes your Mom was a great teacher and gave me the love of spelling!! Thank you and I have told her thank you and what she meant to me!!

  4. Tim Walters October 3, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Aunt Rose was very special person always loved her smile at family gatherings . Even though we never seen each other often she always made it feel as if we just saw each other the other day. She will be missed by all and always remembered for the smile she brought to us

  5. Lisa Sheets October 3, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Pam, Jay and the rest of Rosie’s family – we are so very sorry for your loss. For almost 34 years (even more for Mark) we were honored to call your mom our neighbor. I’ve always been so in awe of Rosie. She never stopped! She was so proud of her kids and grands. She was an awesome lady! Sending our love and sympathy to all of you.

  6. Jan Kersey October 3, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    So sad to hear of moms passing. Had good memories of teaching with her at Kyger Elementary. Also many fun times at the Island House on Siesta Key in Sarasota FL. During summer vacations After retiring all her great work with the Garden Club and the Libary Art Show. Rosie will be missed.

  7. Carol Rodibaugh October 4, 2023 at 6:26 am

    I feel stunned and so saddened to hear of this sorrow. Rosie was the most gentle, caring person, excellent teacher to two of my children, and an inspiration to me and others. We would talk now and then and it was always a pleasure, always leaving me feeling lighter. I know I join many others in keeping Rosie in my heart. She will forever be lovingly remembered. Heartbroken for you.

  8. Ray Ramos October 4, 2023 at 7:42 am

    Pam and Jay I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was beautiful loving mother. Godspeed Rosie you will be missed by many

  9. William keever October 4, 2023 at 8:10 am

    One of my favorite teachers! She will be missed dearly.

  10. Stephanie Orem October 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Mrs Walters taught me how to swim at a pool party for our third grade class at Clinton Central elementary! I must have been 8 or 9 ..I’ll be 42 next month. She will be dearly missed!

  11. Jessica Walker October 5, 2023 at 10:04 am

    What a beautiful person Mrs Walters was, both inside and out. She was a force to be reckoned with, and had a natural ability to teach and lead with heart and love. The 8 year old in me grieves losing her, but at the same time I am so appreciative to have been blessed with Mrs. Walters as a teacher. As a third grade student, I was privileged to get a glimpse of the magic between Mr. and Mrs. Walters each time I was given the task of delivering a message to the high school. The romantic in me can’t help but hope that some of those Inter-Department Envelopes held nothing more than love notes and encouragement for each other. Their relationship was a living example of what I hoped to have some day. How fortunate I was to be her student. She impacted lives, made the world a better place and will not be forgotten.

  12. Rene Rogers October 5, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Family of Rosie Walters: Rosie was a great teacher and mentor. When I began teaching at CCE, Rosie was a seasoned teacher. Once I began teaching in 3rd grade, Rosie was there to advise, assist and guide. Rosie was always searching for innovative ways to teach her students. She embraced changes and loved finding new ways to reach her students. She and Dick were an awesome teaching team. Now they can be together as a team in Heaven! Prayers of comfort and peace for her family and friends!
    Rene Rogers

  13. Jan Mason October 6, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Rosie was a great person always full of energy and a smile. We will miss her in our Garden Club as she was always a big help with our art show! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, She was always so proud of her grandchildren and all of their accomplishments! She will be missed by all,

  14. Denise Scofield October 11, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    I just heard this sad news. I am so very sorry.

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