Mother Salvina Walls Thursday, December 23, 1920 - Monday, July 3, 2017
Our beloved Salvina Walls was born December 23, 1920 in Haynes, Oklahoma to the union of Hayward McConnell Sr. and Marie Johnson McConnell. Both parents, two sisters Otelia Edgely (Mark), Queen Ester Paige (Curtis), and one brother Hayward McConnell Jr. preceded her in death. As a child she and her siblings started a singing group called the “McConnell Singers” and they traveled through Oklahoma singing the gospel. In December 1939, Salvina was joined in Holy matrimony to the love of her life Robert Walls Jr., originally from Solgohachia, Arkansas (preceded her in death). They raised one daughter Pearlie Marie Walls (preceded her in death). The Walls family moved to Kansas City, Kansas, shortly before the 1951 flood that devastated the Argentine and Armourdale areas. Mrs. Walls recalled walking across the 7th Street Bridge and seeing livestock, vehicles and property floating down the Kansas River. In 1960, she took her first airplane flight to Hawaii to see her grandson born. Flying above the clouds, she said, made her think about going to heaven. Mother Walls professed her faith in God and received the Holy Ghost in the Church of God in Christ under the pastorate of Elder Agnew. She and her sister Otelia would discuss the Apostolic Doctrine vigorously. She said when she visited her sister’s home, Otelia would conspicuously leave little notes about the water baptism in Jesus name or leave a Bible open to Acts 2:38 hoping her sister would read it. After much praying, fasting, and searching the scriptures, Mother Walls expounded the way of God to her family more perfectly. In 1977 Mother Walls brought her whole family to New Bethel (formerly Bethel Pentecostal Church 1600 New Jersey, Kansas City, Kansas) where they were all baptized in the name of Jesus. She and her husband loved gardening and sharing fresh vegetables with family and friends. She enjoyed designing and wearing flamboyant church hats and had a wardrobe that was fit for a queen. Mother Walls made sweet potato pies, 7-Up cakes, and buttery potato rolls that were out of this world! Mother Walls was much more than a devoted member of New Bethel Church. During her life she did the work of an evangelist everywhere she went. She had no problem in sharing the word of God in her neighborhood, in hospitals, gas stations, or the local Wal-Mart. She had a genuine love for God and his people bringing numerous souls to Christ. Mother Walls was a supportive wife, homemaker, mother, Master Presser, and a living example of the “virtuous women” spoken of in Proverbs 31:10-3. During her marriage of fifty-five years she fulfilled all her marriage vows including “…in sickness and in health.” When her husband’s health dramatically declined, she devoted herself to caring for her husband and honoring his wish to die at home. On Monday July 3, 2017 Mother Salvina Walls slept quietly away to be with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her precious memory: her grandsons Vernon Smith, Jr., Robert Van Arlen Smith, great-grandson Jason Allan Smith, her chosen granddaughters Danico Standifer (Daymeon), Angela Ross (Curtis), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the New Bethel Church family, and her dearest friends to numerous to list, but not forgotten. We give reverence to the dead through our service to the living.