Ann F. Walker, who was a director of nursing at New York Presbyterian’s Babies and Children’s Hospital in New York City before moving to Springs, died at home in Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday. No cause of death was given. She was 86.
Mrs. Walker was known as Rusty. She was born in Haverstraw, N.Y., on Aug. 8, 1926, the daughter of Edward Freyfogle and the former Anna Brady. Her aunt and uncle, Kathryn and Irving Rose, adopted her at an early age and raised her.
She graduated from Haverstraw High School and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, and soon after began her career at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. There she met her future husband, Dr. Nelson C. Walker, a family physician from New Jersey and the first director of Hackensack Hospital’s department of emergency medicine.
When Dr. Walker retired in the mid-1980s, the couple began splitting their time between their home in Hackensack and their house on Fireplace Road in Springs, where the couple liked to tend their raised garden. Mrs. Walker moved to Florida after her husband’s death in 1992.
She is survived by her children, Judith Yettito of West Palm Beach, Fla., Jean Gardner of Wayne, Me., Joan Gustavson of Orient, Dr. Nelson Walker II of Storrs, Conn., and David Walker of Jupiter, Fla. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A brother, Edward Freyfogle, predeceased her.
A memorial service will be held on Long Island at a later date.