December 7th, 2010 marked the loss of Mrs. Margaret Walden; she passed in her home, surrounded by the love and presence of her family. Margaret is survived by her four loving children: Edith and husband Bill Cromer, Charles Jr. and wife Deborah Walden, Sarah and husband Marty Hildebrandt, Martha and husband Rick Merwin as well as nine grand children and five great grand children. Margaret also leaves behind, Clyde Hardware, the business she and her late husband, Charles F. Walden started. For 43 years, Margaret truly embraced her relationships with countless vendors and clients and considered her employees part of her extended family. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 12th from 4PM to 6PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road. Funeral Service will be held Monday, December 13th at 1:00PM at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Avenue. Interment immediately following at Green Acres Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street Phoenix, AZ 85014, in Margaret’s memory are appreciated.
John and Rebecca Even & Family
Margaret was truly a blessing to all of us and we will miss her dearly. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time of loss.
I have such fond and funny memories now that I look back. I was a brand new rep, probably on the job 10 minutes and I was attending my first function, a grand opening of a Clyde Hardware remodel. I was so nervous and wanted to make a good impression. Well, a few minutes in my shoe broke and I had to run and find new shoes. I was a bumbling mess and then Margaret called us all in around the counter and she prayed with us. I knew then that all would be ok and she felt like Mom from that day on and she was a comforting presence everytime I saw her.
Rest in peace sweet Mom, you will never be forgotten.
Margaret was one of the sweetest women I have ever met. I got to see her one last time, just before Thanksgiving at Clyde Hardware. I was in the parking lot walking to the will call desk and noticed a woman getting into a car that was parked in Margaret’s “Mom’s Spot” parking place. As I passed by I thought to myself “How dare she park in Margaret’s spot!” I felt my face flush when I came out of the will call doors to leave and found that the woman I had seen was moving the car so that Margaret could get inside of it. I guess that was Mom’s car in “Mom’s Spot”! Oops! I had a good chuckle with the woman when I told her what I had been thinking and I was lucky enough to get to see Margaret for the what I now know was the last time. She was in good spirits that day and we exchanged hellos. I am grateful I got to see her one last time. She was always so warm and friendly and I will never forget our phone conversations where she quoted scripture to me. I can still hear her voice reciting the words. I will never forget you Margaret. You were one special lady and I know you are watching over us.