Ila Maye Walton, 91, of Newton died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Skiff Medical Center.
A private family burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Ila Maye, the daughter of William Joseph and Leona Carrol (Thomas) Galeazzi, was born of April 8, 1923, in Marion County. She graduated from Melcher-Dallas High School in 1941 and was united in marriage with Martin Oliver Walton on May 12, 1946, at the Melcher Methodist Church. They made their home in Knoxville for 30 years, where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Pine Knolls Country Club. In 1980, they moved to Iowa City, where she was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Fairview Golf Course. In 2010, she moved to Newton. Ila Maye enjoyed golfing and playing bridge. She was a wonderful hostess, hosting many dinner parties and made friends very easily.
Ila Maye is survived by her children, Constance S. Walton of Boulder Junction, Wis., Martha Jo (James) Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind., John C. (Lynne) Walton of New Berlin, N.Y., and Barbara L. (Terry) Swihart of Newton; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin Walton; and two brothers, Gene Galeazzi and William “Bill” Galeazzi.