Marybeth Walters obituary (2022) – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Mary Beth Walters, 79, entered the presence of her most precious Savior, Jesus, on June 30, 2022. She passed peacefully into her dear Coopersburg home, where she wanted to be, when the Lord called her to her eternal home.

Marybeth was born on July 15, 1942 and lived in Georgetown, Massachusetts until 1978. She died by her parents, Russell C and Sally Rutherford, dear child Mark Michael Shea, beloved husband of 50 years, John Walters, brother, Buddy Rutherford, and son-in-law, Bruce Prescott. She left behind her sister, Diane Prescott, devoted children, Christopher Michael Shea, Kimberly Shea, and Melissa (Stan) Sroka. One of her greatest treasures on earth was her grandchildren, Stephen (Korsten) Sroka, Amanda Sroka, and Cory Srocca. She was also thrilled to be able to spend precious time with her beloved granddaughter, Kaya, whom she lovingly calls “Great Nan!”.

Marybeth attended Burley High School at Georgetown University, and stood out as her “up there, baby!” Softball catcher, basketball player point guard, soccer fan, and warrant officer. Despite moving to different states before settling in Coopersburg, Marybeth remained a huge fan of all New England sports teams, especially the Patriots and her favorite Tom Brady.

One of God’s greatest gifts was hospitality. Serving others through food, prayer, opening her house, or simply sending a card to someone in need were her ways of expressing the “language of love.” Her self-proclaimed “foodie” is all about what she’s going to cook and for whom. Her friends loved her chicken soup for the soul, her kids were always happy when she made her an American chop, and her grandchildren enjoyed her lemon/cherry squares and homemade banana bread, filled with love for “chocolate chop”! These were just a few of her favourites.

MaryBeth’s lifelong verse was James 1:17, and she declared it in her daily routine – “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” But the verse she left displayed on her kitchen window, Isaiah 41:10, will be part of the beautiful legacy she will leave for all of us. “Do not be afraid, I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am the Lord your God. I will strengthen you and help you, and I will support you with my good right hand.”

Since we were unable to celebrate John’s death during Covid, we are combining life-giving services for MaryBeth and Jon at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, 6782 N. Main St. , Coopersburg, PA, July 30, 2022, 11:00 a.m. Arrangements made by Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. www.stephensfuneral.com

For family and friends in the Massachusetts area, we will also be providing service at Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman Street in Georgetown, Massachusetts on August 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, animals in distress in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, or any local MSPCA.

“Mother, your beautiful, radiant smile and your cheerful spirit will live on in all of us; we love you more deeply than words can say.”

Posted by Morning Call on Jul 17, 2022.

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