Mrs. Walker became a teacher with the Board of Education. She taught
at Southern Preparatory School, Western Senior and Junior Schools.
After being a classroom teacher for a number of years, she was promoted
to Headmistress of Woodcock Primary School, a post which she held
until her retirement in 1962. During her time in the public education
system, she encouraged the teaching of handicraft, art and gardening.
In addition, she taught adults and children at home to read and
write. She taught art, especially painting on fabric.
Walker was the founder of The Bahamas Union of Teachers. She worked
hard for the recognition of the Union and for teachers to be recognized
as professionals. She was adamant about the training of teachers,
and fought for better salaries. She was an active member of the
Elks Curfew Temple where she served as secretary for many years.
She was also a member of the YWCA. She was an activist for the women's
suffrage movement in The Bahamas, even demonstrating with a small
band of women for the rights of women. Mrs. Walker attended many
Women Alliances Conferences in England, Ireland, Africa and Italy.
Walker was also an artist. She painted Bahamian scenes on neckties,
scarves and skirts, which she sold. She also painted the insignia
on the aprons for the Masonic lodges. She was always supportive
of her husband in his various projects. She assisted in selling
The Voice, a small newspaper which he
Walker lived by principles, "I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me". She always believed in the potential of
people, and so encouraged people to achieve their goals. She would
say, "nothing is impossible" and, "there is nothing
called, "I can't". Even in her later life, she was always
encouraging and helping people. She believed in the dignity of work.
Her hobbies were reading and gardening.
retirement, she was in charge of Walker's Pharmacy, Clothes and
Hardware Store. She assisted with the family business until her
was noted for her contribution to The Bahamas when a primary school,
the Mabel Walker Primary school was named in her honour. The Bahamas
Union of Teachers also honoured her by naming their building Walker's
Hall. She was also given the privilege to declare the building officially
open. In addition, she received The Queen's Medal and Certificate
Walker, the mother of 7 children, died at the age of 85 on July