Leisa Kay Walker

July 1, 1958 ~ February 9, 2024

Leisa Kay Walker, 65, of Lake Charles, LA, passed away in her home the morning of Friday, February 9. Leisa had been in hospice care for more than two years and suffered with Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA). Born July 1, 1958, in Lake Charles, LA to Roy and Virgie Gilbert, Leisa had two sisters, Melody Permenter of Midlothian TX, Jane Benson of St. Louis MO, and three brothers, Donald Gilbert formerly from Tuscon, AZ, now deceased, Mark Gilbert of Palm Bay FL, and Matt Gilbert of Mammoth Springs AR.

Leisa was married to Andy Walker 43 years and mother to four sons Jonathan, Aaron, Matthew, and Joshua; and she had nine grandchildren whom she adored and by whom she was known as “Granny.”

After graduating from McNeese State University in Early Childhood Education and raising her four sons to school age, Leisa spent her entire teaching career at Nelson Elementary where she taught Third Grade, then Kindergarten and finally Reading until her retirement.

As a lifelong Catholic, Leisa was a regular Mass attendant. She attended CYO as a young person, participated in Awakening Retreat ministry in college, and served as a teacher of Confirmation and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. In her illness she devoted herself to intercessory prayer as a member of the Heartworks program. Leisa was a member of the Women of Spirit Theresians who were a great support to her especially in her final years of decline.

Leisa’s delight was always to have something to share. As a youngster she was the “newspaper of the neighborhood.” In her college years she was the friendly grocery checker who would pop open your egg carton to make sure they weren’t cracked. She loved photography and sharing her pictures, some of which were published. She was the “Butterfly Lady” who shared her knowledge and pictures of butterflies and established butterfly gardens. She loved to crochet baby blankets and hats for newborns and to share them with friends and those served by New Life Counseling. Leisa also enjoyed participating in Locks of Love where she donated her hair more than once. She baked and decorated cakes, and of course those who tried her gumbo knew it was something special.

Leisa knew loved and served God, her family, friends, and neighbors. She was beautiful and she was dearly loved. She will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 PM on Friday, February 16, 2024, in The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles, LA. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a rosary being prayed at 6:00 PM. There will be no visitation on Friday morning.


Visitation: Thursday, February 15, 2024
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Thursday, February 15, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, February 16, 2024
1:30 pm

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
935 Bilbo St.
Lake Charles, LA 70602

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  1. Candle 1My heart goes out to each of you. May your happy memories give you peace & comfort during this challenging time.
    Love & prayers,

    Pam Works

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4

  2. Candle 4It was a pleasure working with Leisa at Nelson.
    She was a very sweet lady.
    My deepest condolences.
    Esther Lambert
    Paraprofessional, Nelson Elementary

  3. Candle 1Mrs.Walker was my 3rd grade teacher. She was one of the reasons I became a teacher. She played a game called, “around the world “ to learn our multiplication facts where the prize was skittles. The only reason I ever learned my facts was so that I could win some candy. I have played this games with my students for over a decade, hoping I might inspire a student like Mrs. Walker did for me. Prayers for her family!

  4. Candle 1Leisa was always kind, always honest and I am so glad she reached out to my husband (her nephew), and helped us reconnect with such a warm and wonderful family. She was an inspiration to me as a mother an educator and a woman. I will miss our chats and our letters and cards back and forth. I wish I could have hugged her in person just once. Her warmth and her light is a forever gift to those who knew her.
    We send our love and comfort to our Uncles, Aunts and Cousins.

  5. Leisa was an inspiration to me. Her faith was example of me. We were never close geographically but I felt a deep connection with my beloved cousin. Praying for comfort for each of you.

  6. Candle 1To Andy, Jonathan, Aaron, Mathew and Josh,
    Bobby and I would like you to know we loved Leisa! She was such a kind and gentle lady and you all will continue to be in our prayers.
    John 16:22: “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” Psalm 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants.”
    Connie and Bobby Poirrier

  7. Andy I’m so sorry to hear this. I went to high school with her and she was so precious. You taught our oldest daughter Jana at Henry Heights. We are praying for you and your family.

  8. Candle 1Andy and family we are so sorry to hear about Leisa. Our prayers are with her and the family. Remembering her from OLGC.

  9. Candle 1I was sad to learn from Theresians International that Leisa went home to God on February 9th. I had been thinking of Leisa and praying for her daily. To Leisa’s beloved family, I offer you my heartfelt prayers as you grieve the loss of this most remarkable woman. I am inspired by Leisa’s faith and her relationship with Jesus. Surely Christ surrounded her as she made her way home to God.

    -From Springfield, IL

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