Jeanette Brantner Walker, 88, died Dec. 27, 2012, at Mid-Valley Hospital of heart failure. She went to her Lord quickly and peacefully surrounded by her two daughters, Reta and Nancy, and her beloved grandchildren, Chris and Jennifer. She was a devoted member of the Omak First Presbyterian Church and active in Omak Senior Citizens.
Jeanette was born July 22, 1924, in North Salem, Mo., the third child of Scott and Lulu Brantner. At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Omak. In 1942, she married Richard Hendrick. For 25 years they raised apples, beautiful flowers and two daughters, Reta and Nancy, on the original Hendrick family homestead. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Okanogan Creamery for many years.
On Nov. 1, 1969, she married Allen Walker. Together they enjoyed many years of camping and fishing with friends and grandkids and in retirement years, going south for the winter.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Walker; her brother, Paul Brantner; and sister, Lenore Epley. She is survived by her two daughters, Reta (Dewayne) Romine, and Nancy (Kerry) Holand; and three grandchildren, Scott (Beth) Giese, Jennifer Reaugh and (fiancé, Jeremy Loucks) and Chris Holand all of Omak. Known to many children as "Nana" she is survived by step-son, Gary Walker (Pat); step-daughter, Gayle (Randy) Handford of Western Washington; many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Bill (Ann) Walker. Jeanette is also survived by three very special friends, Vanesa Smith, McCall, Idaho, sister-in-law, Mary Lou Brantner; and caregiver for many years, Charlotte Dodge, of Omak.
Jeanette was a known prankster and loved to tease. She relished a good game of Pinochle or a quick game of dominos. One of her greatest joys was dancing, and in her younger years, she could jitterbug with the best. And now, being released from the confines of her wheelchair, she is truly dancing with the stars.
As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Omak since the 40's, Jeanette's faith and church family lifted and sustained her all her life.
A memorial service will be held for Jeanette Walker at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 11, lunch to follow, at the First Presbyterian Church of Omak. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church or the American Heart Association.
Legacy Memorial was in charge of a private burial.