Lynne Kay Walker
May 21, 1947 – April 26, 2021
Lynne Walker passed away on April 26th after lengthy battles with multiple life threatening and chronic illnesses. Lynne was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Price Washburn and her stepfather, Vernon Washburn. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William “Bill” Walker, sons, Bryan and Matthew Walker, grandson Austin Walker, plus sisters Jody Mertens and Sue Crawford, nephew Joe Crawford, plus additional nieces, nephews and cousins spread around the country. Lynne spent her adult working life caring for others. After graduating from Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida, she went to Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon return to Florida, Lynne continued her nursing career and married Bill, who upon college graduation, joined the U.S. Coast Guard. Lynne continued her nursing career as the family was stationed on the Gulf Coast and then the West Coast. She completed her nursing degree graduating Summa Cum Laude from William Carey University’s School of Nursing in New Orleans. She ultimately specialized in Neurological, Orthopedic, and Rehabilitation nursing, plus Nursing Staff Development and Management. She was one of the first in the country to be nationally certified as a Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and as a Multiple Sclerosis Registered Nurse. Lynne retired at the Seattle Veterans Affairs Hospital where she helped open their Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence. Until limited by physical ailments, Lynne enjoyed traveling, both nationally and internationally, and family outdoor activities, including hiking and camping and visiting national parks. She was an avid reader and an excellent cook. She especially enjoyed her big dogs, having had predominantly Great Danes for over 45 years. Lynne was a spiritual person who for over 16 years was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish. The family would like to especially thank Daughter-in-Law Jennifer Walker, and the Providence Hospital, Everett and Providence Hospice & Home Care staffs for all their efforts in Lynne’s last days. In Lieu of flowers, donations to Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, would be appreciated. A memorial service will be held at Bauer Funeral Chapel, Snohomish at 1 PM on May 15th, 2021.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Lynne Kay Walker
May 16, 2021
My husband and I became Bill and Lynne’s neighbors about 21 years ago. It was clear to us immediately that we were being swooped up under their wings. We were gifted many times over with Lynne’s Epic lasagna and garlic bread. I felt content when I heard their car pull into our shared driveway for the night. She cheered me on and held my hand during fertility complications. When our family grew, Bill and Lynne became the grandparents from my side so to speak. I told her I wished my parents were still alive to grandparent my kids. Lynne’s response was, “Oh we can take care of that honey.” I knew she loved me and I love her. I feel blessed we got a chance to catch some of her very far reaching light.
May 14, 2021
Lynne and I worked together in the Va rehab program and were always laughing together . She was simply a lovely woman and I learned so much from her.She is on her next journey and I will miss her the rest of my life.
May 7, 2021
I remember Lynne through our connection in the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, and through my work in caring for Veterans near the end of life. In both of these areas, Lynne was there for me, with her kind and generous guidance. She was one of a kind. She was wise, warm, and had a fabulous sense of humor. More than once, it was her counsel that helped me to discover a better way to approach a clinical situation, or to become aware of things I hadn't considered. She made the world a better place, and she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with her husband Bill and their family in this time of loss.
May 6, 2021
Many wonderful memories of this dear lady. Not only as rehabilitation nurses, but a wonder-filled friend. She could always brighten the day with her big smile and great heart. She will be greatly missed. We have a dear angel in heaven.
Dennis Bourdette, MD
May 5, 2021
I had the privilege of working with Lynne as part of the VA Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellent-West. Lynne was a dedicated nurse and greatly enjoyed working with Veterans at the Seattle VA Medical Center. Sometimes she would tease me when I took myself too seriously and needed to lighten-up--something that I appreciated about her. She was a wonderful nurse and human being. We need more people in the world like Lynne. She will be missed.
May 5, 2021
As Admin Asst to the Dir, Rehabilitation Care Svcs, VAPSHCS, I had the good fortune to know and work with Lynne--a woman who delivered exceptional nursing care and patient education to Veterans and their families. Lynne's knowledge and skills were highly respected by physicians, nurses and Physical and Occupational therapy staffs. I had said to many people in our dept. that if I ever needed a nurse to help with my care, Lynne Walker would be my first choice. Yes, she was that extraordinary. A kind and compassionate woman with a wonderful sense of humor. I will never forget her sage advice to me once when I asked her. To Bill, sons and grandson: May God grant you strength and peace in your hearts as you begin your journey of grief. Keep her close to your hearts. I pray that Lynne will experience the never-ending manifestation of God's love in heaven. Sincerely, Gail Wise