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Meals on Wheels driver loved to travel

Stephen Huba
| Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Elizabeth McWalter was a dedicated driver for Tri-City Meals on Wheels for 12 years, delivering meals to dozens of people in Greensburg each week.

“She developed a real rapport with her clients,” said her husband, Scott McWalter. “She had the same people who rode with her (as runners) the whole time.”

Mrs. McWalter wanted to give back to the community of Southwest Greensburg, where she lived, partly because Tri-City is based there, said Lois Weaver, who retired as coordinator in March.

“She wanted to ... help people who weren't able to get out. She was very dedicated and very caring to the people,” Weaver said.

Elizabeth (Wallace) McWalter of Southwest Greensburg died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Excela Westmoreland hospital. She was 62.

Born in Spartanburg, S.C., on Dec. 6, 1955, she was a daughter of Anne Louise (Murray) Wallace of Spartanburg and the late Dr. William A. Wallace.

Mrs. McWalter loved to travel and spent time living with friends in Germany. She also traveled to Italy, Greece, the Greek islands and Scotland, as well as all 48 contiguous states in her father's Airstream trailer.

“Our last big trip was three years ago to Alaska,” Mr. McWalter said.

She and her husband met through a mutual college acquaintance who was from Spartanburg. They were married for a total of 25 years.

“She was a Southern belle. Although she loved Pennsylvania, she would say, ‘I'll never be a Yankee,' ” he said.

Mrs. McWalter clocked hundreds of miles with Tri-City Meals on Wheels over the years. She drove two routes — one on Tuesday that included about 12 clients and one on Thursday that included about 18 clients, Weaver said.

“I considered her one of my younger volunteers because she was in her 50s when she started,” Weaver said.

Mrs. McWalter also loved to collect nutcrackers, acquiring a collection of more than 140 through her extensive travels, her husband said.

“Every Christmas or birthday, she'd get a few more to add to her collection,” he said.

Mrs. McWalter is survived by her husband, J. Scott McWalter; her daughter, Amanda Fiske, of Albany, N.Y.; and a granddaughter.

Friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main St., Irwin, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tri-City Meals on Wheels, 716 Foster St., Greensburg, PA 15601.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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