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Nena Parker Walker, 82, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 8, 2017. She was born Oct. 31, 1934, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Ron Wilson officiating, with burial in Mineral Springs Baptist Church Church Cemetery. Visitation will be immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Skelton Funeral Home directing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elijah and Caroline Parker; brothers, Guice Parker and Wayne Parker; and sisters, Louise Parker Brown and Kathryn Parker Campbell.
Survivors include her children, Jefferson Walker of Tuscaloosa and Jennifer (Leon) Manning of McShan; sister, Charlotte Fritchie of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Alex, Nathan and Rachel Walker and Trey, Maria and Luke Manning; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Walker was a retired elementary school teacher from Good Hope Elementary, where she taught for 25 years. She was honored with numerous teaching awards, among which was Cullman County Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Walker was known for her strength as a writing teacher and advocacy for literacy. She was a lifetime member of Alpha Delta Kappa Internal Honorary Organization for Women Educators, a member of First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Walker was a graduate of Emma Samson High School in Gadsden and graduated with highest honors from both St. Bernard College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham with B.S., M.A. and AA degrees in elementary education.
Nena was a wonderful mother to her two children and loving" Grandie Nena" to her six grandchildren. After retirement, she moved to Tuscaloosa where she spent countless hours reading books, playing games and gently guiding each grandchild toward a thirst for knowledge.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hunter Creek Nursing Home and the staff of Hospice of West Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Published on October 10, 2017
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