Barbara T. Walker

Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2005

Longtime Juneau resident Barbara T. Walker, 63, died June 5, 2005, surrounded by friends and family members at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle after battling cancer.

She was born to Lacy and Alice Tucker in Covington, Va. She was reared in part by her aunt Ruby during her mother's bout with tuberculosis. She enjoyed her grandmother's farm and the foothills of Virginia, her family said. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the Medical College of Virginia and was licensed to practice in Virginia and Alaska.

From 1968 to 1974, she was the executive director of the Virginia Nurses Association. She and her husband moved in 1974 to Juneau and raised two children, Jessica and Zachary. Resuming full-time professional work in 1983, she was appointed a guardian ad litem for the Juneau Superior Court, and was an advocate for children for more than 22 years. She also was the Juneau-Douglas High School nurse for four years.

She was a lifelong Sierra Club member. She volunteered for the Juneau Sexual Abuse Task Force and was a surrogate parent to children in the Juneau School District's special education program. She was a member of the Northstar Riders motorcycle club and the breast cancer support group.

She enjoyed the natural environment and spending time at her Atlin cabin. Her friends and family say she "was a born storyteller and will be remembered always for her warmth, wit and humor."

She is survived by her two children, Jessica and Zachary.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., July 23, at Juneau-Douglas High School. Attendees are asked to think of a short story to be shared. For more information, contact Judy at 780-4995 or Sandy at 789-2549.

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