Mary Walker

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.

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Dear Carrie and Richard,

We were so saddened to learn of your dear mother’s passing. She was such an energetic
force of life the world will be a much less vibrant place without her.

With sincere condolences,

Virginia Ford Parker
Cynthia Skipwith

Christine Powers
1 month ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Mickey was an amazing woman. Mickey was my administrative assistant at Neighborly and I admired her for all her talents. One of my fondest memories of Mickey was when we did a Christmas program at Lealman ADC. She and Ernest danced for all the participants. They were amazing. They both taught the case managers a dance to perform. In fact, they both taught my husband and I a dance to do at our wedding. She had such a great sense of humor. I will cherish those memories.
Christine Lecher Powers

Anonymous
1 month ago

Mickey was a wonderful friend and I feel privileged to have had the time I was able to spend with her. She was a remarkably talented person in so many ways but also always very humble about it. I loved talking to her about her history in St. Pete, a very illustrious one!!! Webb’s City Girl. Debutante, And that’s only the start. I do also want to pass on my love to her family. I can only imagine how much you will miss her. Elaine Jensen

Sandra Wright
1 month ago

Dearest Carrie and Richard, Among God’s richest blessings in my life is the love and 51 year friendship with your wonderful Mom, who I lovingly nicknamed Mixie. I was only 21 years old when I went to work with Mickey Rolander, Shirley Dowling and Mary Wood at StoneBrook Advertising at Britton Plaza in Tampa. These three great ladies took me under their wings and each in their own special way taught me some of the very most important lessons I’ve learned in my life… Most of all , they taught me the strength and importance of long-lasting friendship. The differences… Read more »

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