A champion for veterans in the Tri-Cities has passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Mountain Home National Cemetery announced today that former director Jeny Walker has died.
Walker proved to be instrumental in the expansion of the cemetery and other success at the facility, but resigned in late 2018 after her most recent diagnosis.
Mountain Home volunteer Eileen Zoellner penned the following heartfelt tribute to Walker on Mountain Home’s Facebook account.
It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you Jeny Walker, former Director for Mountain Home National Cemetery, has transitioned to her eternal life after waging a courageous battle with cancer.
During her tenure as the Director at MHNC, Jeny was instrumental in the recent expansion referred to as the Annex, along with creating the first ever ceremony for our Korean War heroes to ensure that those who fought in the “forgotten war,” knew they were not forgotten. Jeny’s impact, dedication and tireless work towards honoring and remembering all Veterans, whether they are still with us or after their death, is felt still today and will be felt for many years to come.
Those that knew and loved Jeny, saw her positive outlook and determination in all aspects of her life, and that those attributes would play a vital role in the way she faced the health challenges that would ultimately take her physically from this life. Last summer, Jeny spoke with Johnson City Press reporter Becky Campbell not long after she received the terminal diagnosis. She told Becky back then, “I’m pretty resolved to the diagnosis, it is what it is. I could sit in bed and be bitter and wait to die. I’m not sitting and waiting on it. I want to go as long as I can, as far as I can.” True to the Jeny we all knew and loved, she did just that! Jeny, along with her daughter, son-in-law, and their three children, went on an epic month-long expedition that took them to almost all corners of this great nation, which gave an opportunity for Jeny to see and visit with so many friends and family along the way. What fun we all had following them on that journey of a lifetime!
Please keep Jeny’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they move through some difficult days that lay ahead of them.
Jeny, your legacy will be alive and remembered for a very long time and our love for you eternal.
“Death Is Nothing at All
By Henry Scott-Holland
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”
Jeny, I will always remember your zeal for life, your infectious laugh, your dedication, commitment and affection for all Veterans, and your genuine love of all people. I will always love you my dear friend and miss you terribly……Until we meet again for eternity Jeny……❤️
You can watch the tribute to Walker below: