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Golda Pensol Walbert, 93, of Glasgow, and formerly of Rockcastle County, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Glasgow.
She was born in Rockcastle County on Jan. 4, 1925, the daughter of the late Andrew and Sadie Mink Pensol. After attending Annville Institute High School, Mrs. Walbert attended Lee's Junior College and Eastern Kentucky University. She graduated from EKU with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She also earned a Master of Art and a Rank I in School Administration. Mrs. Walbert also completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University in New York City.
Walbert began her career teaching in one-room schools in Rockcastle. For a time in the 1950s, she worked at the Pine Mountain Settlement School. After her time at Pine Mountain, Walbert moved to Barren County where she taught in both the county and city school systems. She was principal of Red Cross Elementary and retired as Supervisor of Instruction for Barren County Schools. After her retirement, Mrs. Walbert taught as an adjunct instructor for Western Kentucky University's Glasgow campus and Lindsey Wilson College.
Golda was an active member in many civic organizations and clubs and served as an officer in all of them. She was a member of the Glasgow Business and Professional Women's Club, the Glasgow Women's Club, and Altrusa. She was a member and past matron of Glasgow Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem. Golda was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Glasgow where she served as an elder and taught Sunday School for 37 years. A lifelong Republican and a political enthusiast, Golda served for many years as the Barren County chairperson. Golda also enjoyed family genealogy and writing a weekly article for the Glasgow Daily Times. Above all, Golda cared for her family and friends. She took joy in sharing with others.
Golda was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Walbert; a stepson, J.D. Walbert; a stepdaughter, Earldine Walbert; her parents and grandparents; her sister- and brother-in-law, Carl and Thelma Walbert; her brothers, Frank and Harvey Pensol; a sister, Mabel Pensol Anglin; and a nephew, Jackie Dean Anglin.
Golda is survived by her stepson, Tom Walbert (Brenda), grandsons, Jon Walbert (Robin), and David Walbert (Debbie), granddaughter, Leigh Ann Spafford (Denny), great-grandsons, Jon-Carter Walbert and Brooks Smith, and great-granddaughter, Kelby Smith, all of Glasgow; her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Emily Pensol, of Mount Vernon, Kentucky, and Mrs. Pauline Pensol, of Louisville; nephews, Harvey Allen Pensol, Jerry Franklin Pensol (Darlene) and David Andrew Pensol (Kelli), all of Mount Vernon; great-nephews, Andrew Pensol (Cali), Sam Pensol, Zac Pensol, of Mount Vernon, and Robert Andrew Evans, of Louisville.; nieces, Andrea Anglin Evans (Benny), of Louisville, Dr. Sonya Edwina Anglin, Debbie Anglin, of Mount Vernon; and great-nieces, Lillianna Evans and Caroline Evans, of Louisville.
Golda has left to cherish her memory many family members and friends and a special friend and caretaker, Mrs. Teresa Jones (Gary), of Glasgow.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. CST Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home in Glasgow with an Eastern Star service at 5 p.m. CST. Visitation in Mount Vernon will be on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST followed by the funeral at 1 p.m. CST at Dowell-Martin Funeral Home with burial in Ted Mink Family Cemetery in the Sandhill community of Rockcastle County.
Published on February 8, 2018
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