Obituary of Nancy Roden Walker
“The Legacy of Nancy Roden Walker”
Nancy Roden Walker, 72, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away February 24, 2019, surrounded by her daughter, son, sister, grandchildren and family pets Gracie and Mrs. Gray.
She was born November 16, 1946 to the late James Coy and Peggy Roden, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nancy was a 1965 graduate of Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was voted Best Dressed and was on the high school reunion planning committee for many years.
Nancy is survived by two children: Melanie Stricklin, of Franklin and husband Michael; and Blake Walker of Knoxville. She is also survived by three grandchildren Riley and Amelia Robinson and Brinley Walker; two sisters Rosalee Little and Darlene Minge and many nieces and nephews.
Nancy had a love of gardening and traveling with her friends and family. She loved cruising to Bermuda, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She was often found sitting on a back porch or balcony as she loved the outdoors, especially the Smoky Mountains.
Nancy was hard-working as well as dedicated to her family. She retired from Y-12 Nuclear Complex in Oak Ridge Tennessee after a career spanning over 30 years. She worked her way from a clerk to Senior Contract Administrator and then went on to work as a Senior Contract Administrator at Jacobs Engineering in Oak Ridge until her retirement in 2016. Along with a friend, Nancy helped create the first ever dance team, the Dancin’ Dragons at Clinton High School for her daughter and friends. The Westwood Estates neighborhood kids of Clinton, Tennessee will always remember her as Miss Walker who welcomed many into her home in times of need. She had a heart for those struggling with life decisions and is described as molding lives of many teens. As her health declined, she kept her satirical wit and love of sweet treats alive and was often cracking jokes with those around her. Nancy left a legacy of kindness, love, strength, independence and most of all forgiveness.
Celebration of Life Services will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at a future date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at lbda.org.