In Memoriam

Jacqueline 'Jac' Cooke Walker
September 23, 1923 November 7, 2009

Founder of the Franconia Museum

The Franconia Museum is greatly saddened by the death of Jacqueline 'Jac' Walker, our matriarch who helped establish the museum and continued to inspire all who knew her to learn the wonderful history of our area. The Board of Directors will continue Jac's passion for Franconia. Jac grew up here and never left. She attended the first classes in the current Franconia Elementary School, the last classes in old Lee Jackson High School  and the first classes in what was then the new Mount Vernon High School on Richmond Highway. June 2010 will mark the 70th anniversary of Mount Vernon's first graduating class. She served as secretary at Franconia Elementary. In later years, she coordinated the gathering of all things Franconia as the editor of the museum's book series, 'Franconia Remembers'. Read her recollections of the Cooke and Walker families in her own words in Volume IV. Recent months have been hard for Jac as she struggled to overcome cancer through a long series of treatments. She was able to attend the October gathering of her beloved 'Lunch Bunch' and the monthly Museum Board meeting. She is survived by her husband, Donald, who also has deep roots in Franconia, sons Kenny and Phillip and a daughter Pam. Another son, Mark, passed away last year.  Although Jac is gone, she will not be forgotten and her work will continue. She would like it very much if you would join the effort.