Irene I. Walker

Irene I. Walker, a former Bethesda resident and a volunteer with charity organizations including the Salvation Army and the Christ Child Society of Washington, died Jan. 9 at an assisted-living center in Metuchen, N.J. She was 93.

The cause was atrial fibrillation and dementia, said her daughter, Patricia Armstrong.

Irene Iris Johnson was born in Asheville, N.C., and was raised in Abingdon, Va. She received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and fashion from Syracuse University in upstate New York in 1943.

She settled in the Washington area in 1960. She was a past president of the Opera Society of Washington and the Washington chapter of the Salvation Army women’s auxiliary.

Mrs. Walker was a member of the St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda. Her other affiliations included the Order of St. Stanislaus, a philanthropic organization.

Her husband of 49 years, Vincent Walker, died in 1993. Survivors include two daughters, Johnnie Walker of Metuchen and Patricia Armstrong of Cambridge, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

— Hoai-Tran Bui