July 1, 1936 - June 5, 2018

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home

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Visitation Monday, June 11, 2018 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Cecelia Ann (Cline) Walter, 81, of Urbana, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 1, 1936 in Urbana, the daughter of George W. Cline and Margaret E. (Yocom) Cline Mason. Cecelia was a 1954 graduate of Urbana High School and later graduated from Clark State with an associate degree in accounting. She married Ronald E. Walter on July 1, 1956 in Urbana. Cecelia and her husband were both lifelong residents of Champaign County. They owned and operated Walter & Son Builders and developed the Terry Lane subdivision (named after their daughter), Highland Hills, The Colony, Briarwood, and the Olde Towne Condominiums. Cecelia's love of decorating led to the opening of The Idea Shop, a decorating shop that she operated from 1969 to 1991. When her husband became a real estate broker in 1983, they opened Olde Towne Realty.

Cecelia was a lifelong animal lover. She bred and showed collies for many years and continued to have pet collies until recently. She was an active member of the Collie Club of America. In 1976, she organized a group of local animal lovers and founded the Champaign County Humane Association (CCHA). She was the first president of the association and held that position for approximately ten years. The CCHA opened Paws Animal Shelter in 1991. She later went back on the Board of Trustees and has been the treasurer of CCHA for many years. Cecelia also loved flower gardening and had magnificent gardens for many years. In addition, she loved to read suspense novels and watch old movies from the 1930's-1950's. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana. Cecelia will be sadly missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

Cecelia is survived by her daughter, Theresa Beth Walter, Urbana; her sister-in-law, Judy (Knotts) Mason, Urbana; her nieces, Jayme L. Mason, Debra A. (Scott) Stewart, and Amy Sue (Aaron) Justice; and her nephew, James L. (Deborah) Mason.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald E. Walter; her parents; and her brother, James Lee Mason, Urbana.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 PM on Monday, June 11, 2018 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the funeral home with Rev. Beau Brown officiating. The family will receive friends for 1 hour prior to the service from 12-1 PM. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana.

Memorial contributions may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 1535 W. US HWY 36, Urbana, Ohio 43078.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com.

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