Portrayed as a sweet elderly woman who is determined to escaped her son's cramped suburban home to visit her home town of "Bountiful" where she was born and raised, one last time before she passes away, having a heart condition, she is old but doesn"t show it much. She is full of excitement and shows lots of expression as well as emotion, breaking down in tears in several scenes. Old with gray hair she remains young at heart, very strong willed, and independent. She is the least bit defensive, with a good example in one of the last scenes where her daughter-in-law harps at her with rules and remarks followed with the question: "Do you have anything to say to me?" replying with a simple kiss on the cheek when you would think she should slap her upside the face. She is very kind widow; and sociable as you see her striking up a conversation with the lady she meets at the bus station talking with her throughout her whole bus ride, as they develop a relationship with one another. She is very high strung at times, with dynamic emotions, from being excited, cheerful and from happy to being sad in tears. This very religious .
woman who has good faith often sings hymns and refers to religious passages. A static character, unchanging throughout the story. Doesn"t really stand up for her self much, throughout the story as Jessie Mae rudely treats her. .
The son of Carrie Walts, a middle aged man, average in appearance, a very static character, remaining calm and cool throughout the story. Very easygoing, strong willed, and caring all at the same time. Doesn"t swear or any apparent bad habits. He seems to take a lot from his wife, (Jessie-Mae always complying with her bitchy remarks and doing as she says as well as whatever it takes to please her. Taking the side of Jessie over his own mother in most cases. He expresses himself at the bountiful scene of being ashamed or feeling like a failure, he feels he failed his grandfather in not being able to have children, and for not being a successful man, being in the hospital for two years, this did not help him.