Hundreds on Hand for Helen Walton Memorial

BENTONVILLE, AR - Hundreds of people packed the First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville for the memorial service today for Helen Walton.

The roughly hour long memorial service drew top Wal-Mart executives including chief executive Lee Scott.

Helen Walton was eulogized by Rick Niece, president of the University of the Ozarks, by former Wal-Mart chief executive David Glass and by two of her granddaughters, Annie Walton and Carrie Walton-Penner.

Niece's called Walton "a champion of education.'' Walton heavily supported the university in Clarksville.

The granddaughters said Helen Walton presided over traditions in the family, including Christmas Day breakfasts and annual family camping trips.

Pastor Arthur F. Fogartie, presiding minister of the First Presbyterian Church, praised Walton as a devout Christian who loved to help people. He said Walton ``attacked life with unbridled delight.''

The 87-year-old widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton died of natural causes Thursday at her home in Bentonville.

Walton was buried earlier today in a private ceremony next to her husband Sam in Bentonville Cemetery, which is next door to Wal-Mart's headquarters.

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