Gail Walker

Date of Passing:

February 11, 2023

Walker (Smith), Gail B., 94, of Patriot Way, Seekonk, MA passed away with grace, dignity and faith on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Kenneth R. Walker, Sr. They had been married for 63 years. Born in East Providence, she was the daughter of the late Stanley O. and Grace (Williamson) Smith-Kimber.

Gail was employed as an executive assistant for Allied Signal, formerly Fram Company, retiring after 14 years of service.

Gail was a past member of the East Providence and National PTA, the Urban League of Rhode Island, the NAACP of Rhode Island and Oak Bluffs, and a past member of the Hope Congregation Church Choir. She was a founding member of the East Providence Community Center.

In addition to her home in Seekonk, Gail also maintained a home on Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs, where she truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Oak Bluffs “Polar Bears” and Oak Bluffs ASLAH (Association for the Study of African American Life History. She was an avid tennis player in her earlier years and also enjoyed exercise, singing, and especially reading about politics.

She leaves her beloved children, Kenneth R. Walker, Jr., Michele Angell and her husband, David, Leanne Walker Beard and her husband, Jeffrey, and six grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Barbara M. Fontes.

Her funeral service will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Kenneth R. Walker, Sr. Scholarship Fund, Providence College, 1 Cunningham Sq., Providence, RI 02918.

Online Condolences


  1. Barbara Spencer & Family

    The Spencer Family sends their heartfelt condolences to Michele, Ken Jr., and Leanne on the passing of your mother.

    Barbara and Herb shared so many special moments with Gail and Ken during their Lifetimes. They cherished those times…

    We wish Gail peace as she joins Ken in Eternal Life.

    Barbara & Family

  2. Heartfelt condolences to the Walker family, sending our love, prayers, and hugs – the Wilsons.

  3. On behalf of the Rawlings Costa Fortes family, I like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Walker family, especially her children. I wish you comfort and peace in the coming days as you reflect on the great memories you shared with your beautiful Mom. My personal memories of Gail growing up always reflects on the way she postured herself with such beauty, grace, dignity, and of course intellect and compassion for others. Without her knowing it she served as my role model. From the bottom of my heart, I will always treasure that memory, know that she will be dearly missed! Aquene!

  4. An angel has left the Earth. Gail was my mother-in-law for over 30 years. She was kind and wonderful, beautiful both inside and out.

  5. My sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Our condolences to the Walker family.

  7. Aunt Gale was wonderful yin everyway!
    Heaven received an angle

  8. My sincere condolences to The Walker Family. I was very saddened to hear of the loss of Aunt Gail.

  9. My condolences to the walker family.May God comfort you all

  10. The staff and members of Hope Congregational Church, UCC extend condolences to the family and friends of Gail Walker. May the blessings of this passing enrich all our lives with love, peace, and hope. Amen

  11. Michelle and Leanne,
    So sorry for your loss.

  12. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Walker family for the loss of such a beautiful woman both on the outside and inside. She was always so gracious and kind and although I didn’t know Gail very well but whenever I had the pleasure of being in her company she was always warm and friendly. I’m sure that she’s now with her husband Kenny and her children and grandchildren have two very special guardian angels to watch over and protect them. She lived a long and productive life, may she rest in peace.

  13. Michele, Kenneth, and Leanne, my sincere sympathy. I admired Gail for her spirit and honesty. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Thelma

  14. Shirley and I were sorry to hear that our Vineyard neighbor passed on. She did lead a full and rich life. The Walker’s were very helpful with their guidance through the the 16 years that they were our neighbors.

  15. To the Walker Family, my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May Gail rest in peace.

  16. My condolences to the family. She is now with your Dad. You are in my prayers.

  17. My deepest condolences to Ken, Michele, Leanne and the entire Walker family.
    Gail was a wonderful woman and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

  18. Sending our heartfelt condolences to all of you. She was a wonderful lady, and we will miss her. The Walker family holds a special place in our hearts.

  19. Our condolences on the loss of your mother, a true family matriarch. What a legacy she left in her beautiful children and grandchildren. Warm wishes and good thoughts to the family.

  20. Michele, my condolences to you and your family. Cherish your memories

  21. i fondly remember our neighbor on Hazard Avenue, Gail. We were buddies on the PTA at Silver Spring School in East Providence, as our children worked their way through the elementary years. Gail and I tried to bring programs of substance to the PTA activities. We also had fun! Condolences to Kenny, Michelle and Leeanne. She had 94 years. Wonderful

  22. Michele, Leanne, Kenneth and the Walker Family,

    Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers

  23. Nancy and I send our most sincere condolences to the Walker family on the passing of Gail who was always the Rock behind Ken .

  24. Gail was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was my friend and neighbor in Oak Bluffs for forty years, and I have wonderful memories of her. She was gracious, kind, warm, and loving. I will miss seeing her on my walks past her house. She loved her family and Martha’s Vineyard. She will be deeply missed.

  25. Dear Family Walker,
    Our hearts are aching for you all.
    May God be with you in your hours of need. Gail (mother) will be missed.
    With Sympathy

  26. Our condolences to the Walker family. Gail will be missed. May she rest in peace. Love to you all.

  27. Deepest sympathy to the Walker family. Treasured memories with Mr and Mrs Walker at the Vineyard. Gail and I enjoyed great chats about politics. A lady full of grace. Peace and love

  28. Our condolences to Michele, Kenneth and Leanne and the Walker family. May you fine comfort knowing that we all share in your loss. What lovely parents you had. They surly was loved by so many of us. May they rest in the arms of our Lord.

    Dorothy and Peter Monteiro @ family.

  29. Seeing this notice brings me to tears.She and Dr.Walker were such wonderful, beautiful amazing role model for us all.How they lived and treated others with such grace, kindness and exuberance was a true blessings.We are grateful, humbled snd saddened.She will be missed snd always remembered. I extend many prayers and sincere sympathies to all her family.Rest in divine, blissful snd beautiful heavenly peace with your loving husband.I hope and wish that the Walker family takes great care.God bless💐🌺

  30. Dear Leeann, Michele, Kenneth and the Walker family,

    I am very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I hope you are comforted by wonderful memories and that you find peace and comfort in God.

  31. Our condolences to the family of Mrs. Walker. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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