Doris (Nelson) Walker passed away peacefully, on October 24, 2009. She is survived by a daughter, Marsha Adams, a grandson, Brian Adams, two sisters and a brother living out-of-state. Doris made Arizona her home since the late 1940’s, moving to the Southwest from Los Angeles, CA.
She was born in Des Moines, IA. Doris played baseball for the famed “Peaches” in the Midwest during the Second World War. Later, she played several season for the “Arizona A-1 Queens” leading the team to many state victories.
After Doris retired as a professional athlete, she and her husband of 35 years, Larry Walker, ran Basketball Congress International out of Phoenix, a not-for-profit organization which offered many young athletes the opportunity to participate in basketball tournaments through various school systems. Teams came from as far away as Japan to participate. Many notable celebrity athletes came up through the ranks of BCI. She was an avid sports fan, and a huge supporter of the Men’s Gymnastics Team at Arizona State University.
Doris proved to be a role model for countless young women who wanted to pursue careers as professional athletes. She will be missed by many. Arrangements were handled by Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
Author: The Arizona Republic, 11/1/2009
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
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