1935 – 2013

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Jean Gowen Walden, 78, of Greenwood, Ind., transitioned to her eternal home Saturday, Nov. 9, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Springvale on April 24, 1935, the daughter of Fred G. Sr. and Glenna Hobbs Gowen.

Jean graduated from Sanford High School and attended Gordon College in Boston, Mass., now in Wenham, Mass., where she met Robert L. Walden Sr., whom she married on June 7, 1955.

Jean was a devoted wife and mother. She spent her life in ministry alongside her husband, the Rev. Robert L. Walden. They served together in American Baptist Churches in Haverhill, Mass., Oswego, N.Y., Madison, Camden and Auburn. Jean has lived in Greenwood, Ind., since 2000 and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood.

She is survived by her children, Katherine W. Morrow and her husband, Gordon, of Greenwood, Ind., Robert L. Walden Jr. and his wife, Carrie, of Warren, and Wendy J. Walden of Greenwood, Ind.; three beloved granddaughters, Melissa Soiett, the Rev. Heather Henson and Heidi Williams; brother, Fred Gowen Jr. and his wife, MaryLou, of Scarborough; sister, Deborah Gowen of Leesburg, Fla.; and four beloved great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jean is predeceased by her parents, Fred G. Gowen and Glenna Hobbs Gowen; and her husband, the Rev. Robert L. Walden.

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