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  • Shirley Marie Gronosky Walts

  • Shirley Marie Gronosky Walts, 76, of Elizabethtown, N.C., formerly of Little Falls, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013. She loved her husband of 57 years, Ronnie, and she also loved her family dearly. She loved to garden and to paint. The apple of her eyes were her grandchildren. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

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  • Shirley Marie Gronosky Walts, 76, of Elizabethtown, N.C., formerly of Little Falls, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013. She loved her husband of 57 years, Ronnie, and she also loved her family dearly. She loved to garden and to paint. The apple of her eyes were her grandchildren. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.
    Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elizabeth Taylor Gronosky; one sister, Mary Ellen Miller; and one brother, Bill Gronosky.
    She is survived by her husband, Ronald Walts, of the home; one son, Mark Walts, of New York; three daughters, Robin Tapao and husband, Cornelio "Tap," of Elizabethtown, Ramona Packer and husband, Allen, of Elizabethtown, and Sherrie Calagro and husband, Franco, of Fayetteville; four brothers, James Gronosky and wife, Jan, of New Bern, John Gronosky and Patrick Jaquay, both of New York, and William Johnson, of Elizabethtown; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    The family received friends on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, N.C.
    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Dustin Sprouse officiating. Burial will follow in Church Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38103.
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