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Denise Kay (Pillard) Walker

July 12, 1956 - January 8, 2022

Service Date: January 23, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

Church Maranatha Bible Church

A Celebration of Life will be held 3:00 p.m., January 23, 2022, at Maranatha Bible Church, 526 3rd Ave SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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Denise Kay (Pillard) Walker, 65, passed away on January 8, 2022, at home surrounded by her family after a long battle with Cancer. Denise will be cremated with a Celebration of Life to be held 3:00 p.m., January 23, 2022 at Maranatha Bible Church, 526 3rd Ave S.W., Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Denise was born on July 12, 1956, in Coggon, Iowa to Wilbur and Margaret (Richardson) Pillard.  Growing up on a farm, helping the family raise corn and livestock. After graduating from North Linn High School in 1974, Denise attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing. She graduated, becoming a registered nurse in 1977.

While attending a local church, Denise met the love of her life, Walt.  Walt and Denise united in marriage on December 16, 1978.

Denise worked for many years as a registered nurse, first for Mercy Hospital and later for St. Luke’s Hospital. Caring for her family and those around her was second nature to Denise.  Her compassion extended to many furry friends who found a warm home with Walt and Denise over the years.

Her evenings were often spent enjoying time with Walt as well as books, puzzles and watching Hallmark movies.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Walt; her children, Nathaniel Walker of Waterloo and Laura Miller (Devin) of Polk City; sisters, Delores McAtee of Coggon, Diane Hamos (Robert) of Keller, TX, Donna Arthur (George) of Lakeland, FL; brother, David Pillard (Wendy) of Ft. Collins, CO and her beloved cats Sidney, Chester and Lilly.


“All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all. “

—Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-1895


But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.

-Isaiah 40:31

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