Carolyn Marie Walters

Carolyn Marie “Sue” Walters

October 1, 1948 – October 22, 2020


Sue grew up near Cairo, Nebraska with her three younger siblings.  She attended Cairo High School, where she was a cheerleader.  After graduation, she moved to Lincoln, where she attended Lincoln School of Commerce and worked at Love Library on the University of Nebraska campus.  There she met what we’ve come to know as the Love Library Gang: Kathie, Char, Donna and Sue.  This friendship has lasted over fifty years.  At this time Sue met Bill Walters, a young Air Force veteran turned UNL accounting student.

They married on January 27, 1968 in Wood River, Nebraska.  Through many moves around the state, their family grew to eventually include five children, 20 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.  Sue was a most devoted wife, mother and grandmother, staying at home with her children, babysitting for several other families, and teaching piano lessons in Lincoln.  When it became necessary for her to enter the workforce outside of her home, she spent years working at JC Penney in Omaha and Lincoln, for the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, and for the Diocese of Lincoln.

She was always very creative, from cake decorating to various needlecrafts to knitting and crocheting.  There are many of Sue’s handmade afghans decorating homes of family members.  Sue loved to dance, as witnessed at many wedding receptions.  Her outgoing personality guaranteed her many friends, who along with her family, celebrate her life today.  We will miss her dearly, but know that she is out of pain, with many happy memories, dancing in heaven.

Preceded in death by parents, LaVera and Marvin Swanson.  Survived by husband, William J.; children: Kristi Wessling (David), Teresa Ryba (Andy), Matthew Walters (Paula), Justin Walters (Jessica), and Andrew Walters (Danielle); 20 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Beverly Hilkemeyer (Al); and brothers, Marvin “Butch” Swanson (Lorene) and John Swanson (Terri).

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Wednesday, October 28th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, October 29th at 10am at St. James Catholic Church (4710 N. 90th St.)  INTERMENT: Thursday, 1pm at Omaha National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Mount Michael, Mercy High School, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil, Mass and Graveside Services, go to and click the “View Live Service” on the homepage.





  • Veronica Miller Posted October 26, 2020 3:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I am sure that God welcomed her with arms wide open. With love, Aunt Ca and Uncle Chuck.

  • Katie & Jim Baldwin Posted October 26, 2020 3:57 pm

    Kristi and the whole Walters family, so sorry for your loss. Jim and I are sending our thoughts and prayers for you all. Katie and Jim Baldwin

  • Dorothy Kelley Posted October 28, 2020 4:41 pm

    Love, hugs and prayers.

  • Mary Ann Dhaenens Posted October 28, 2020 9:08 pm

    My condolences to the family, I worked with Sue at JCPenneys, she was such a fun lady to work with. Many prayers for her and her family !

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