Lynnea Beth (Johnson) Walker, 65
Lynnea Beth (Johnson) Walker, 65, of Rochester gained access to the secrets of the universe upon her passing unexpectedly on Sept. 10. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Sandra Johnson of Bethany.
She is survived by and was the loving "child bride" of her husband of 36 years, Bradley Stedman Walker; her four girls, Morning Amanda Walker of Fairhaven, Carrie Lee and husband Jason Sousa of Fairhaven, Bethany Lowell Walker and her partner John Chester of Providence, RI, and Elizabeth Stedman and husband Joseph Ulbin of Lakeville; her sister, Syndie Johnson of Orleans; and her brother Clark Johnson of Branford, CT. She was Nee Nee YaYa to her favorite grandson, Connor Bradley (for whom the sun rose and set in his eyes) and strong little granddaughters, Alayna Lee, Lucy Quinn and Liza Valentina, whom she adored. She is also survived by friend and family member, Margaret Ulbin of Lakeville.
Lynnea studied Theatre and English at Quinnipiac College and wrote for several publications. Being a talented and passionate dressage instructor and lover of her thoroughbred "C.J," she rode, trained and showed with her daughter Carrie. Her barn that they raised themselves would go on to become the infamous Men's Room. She worked in sales along with Bradley for Nynex, sat on the Town of Rochester Master Plan Revision Committee and was elected to the Planning Board where she served for six years. Lynnea was also the past president and vice president of the Rochester Land Trust. She served the community as real estate agent for Upper Cape Realty until her passing. Lynnea loved cooking (which Bradley showed her the love of) and feeding loved ones delicious meals. She always said she was keeping her feasts smaller this time, but she did not. Her greeting was "Are you hungry?"
She adopted strays of the four-legged and two-legged variety and created Christmas extravaganzas, but her favorite was Thanksgiving — a time to be grateful for friends and family. She playfully pantsed Bradley on a train platform and for 36 years he has said he would get her back for it. She had the last laugh.
Lynnea lived in such a way that she is not gone. If you listen carefully, she will share the secrets of the universe with you in the canter of horses, when you feed people, in the mischief of redheads, when you vote, on days at the cottage, the laughter of children, in silly puns and in the authenticity of true friends. Loving her was easier than anything we'll ever do again.
Her visitation will be held on Sept. 19 from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lynnea's memory may be made to the Nauset Light Preservation Society, P.O. Box 941, Eastham, MA 02642. For directions and guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.