Mary B. “Mickey” Walker, 93, passed away on November 14, 2020. Mickey was born in St. Petersburg on Oct 7, 1927 to the late Thomas Reid and Mary Endicott Branning.
She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1944 and later received a degree in Music from Rollins College majoring in voice and immersing herself in opera. Opera, especially the Met, and the New York Yankees were two of her passions throughout life but she later began a new passion as an amateur ballroom dancer.
Her Canova and Branning ancestors were settlers of St. Augustine and Middleburg, Florida dating back to the 1700’s. Mickey’s grandfather James Milton Endicott was a Justice of the Peace, owner of one of the early buildings (1913) in downtown St. Petersburg and founder of the Endicott Funeral Home.
One of Mickey's greatest enjoyments throughout life was work. Her first job as a teenager was selling records at St. Petersburg's iconic Lefter's Music Shop. In her 30's, Mickey went back to school and obtained a Professional Bookkeeping certification. She worked as an administrator in a Tampa advertising agency, as an assistant to Alfred Politz, an early pioneer of market research and polling, then as a property manager for family holdings in downtown St. Petersburg with her two cousins. Mickey's last job with the Neighborly Care Network was something she dearly loved and lasted 15 years. She started as a temp in the corporate office, became a full-time administrator and then worked as a center administrator in 2 of their Adult Daycare Centers until she retired at the age of 85.
Mickey was predeceased by her son, Robert Rolander Jr. and is survived by her best friend and daughter, Carrie Rolander (Richard) Levine.
A private graveside service will be held at Royal Palm Cemetery South and a Celebration of Life at a later date. Donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association or St. Petersburg Opera.