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Mary Jacqueline Walker

June 12, 1949 — August 17, 2017

Tuftonboro-Mary “Jackie” (Vincent) Walker, 68 of Butternut Lane, Tuftonboro died August 17 at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover after a long battle with Cancer.   Born in Louisville, KY June 12, 1949 daughter of the late Norman Vincent and Elizabeth (Yates) Buckholz she has lived in Tuftonboro for the last 17 years. Jackie often would say she had lived 4 lifetimes and had fought Cancer for 30 years. Jackie over her life time had run a 220-acer dairy farm in Wisconsin and founded the Green Ribbon Farm Coalition.  The Green Ribbon is responsible for label laws, consumer information and Congressional testimony on the dangers of BGH (Bovine Somatotropin Hormone) a growth hormone added to milk. Next she accompanied her family to overseas projects sites first was Bangkok, Thailand and the State Department new embassy. While there she worked with the local Catholic Priest to help curb child endangerment and prostitution. Next stop was the Marshall Islands another project.  During that tour of duty Jackie and the ladies club spearheaded repairs to the school on Kwajalein island of Ebai she also arranged for school supplies which they were in desperate need.  At Christmas she arranged for the crew boat to visit out islands to deliver gifts to the Marshallese. Now the next port of call was Africa and on to Djibouti where she was recruited by Ambassador Yamato to train the embassy staff on healthy kitchen procedures and then to prepare a luncheon for General Tommy Franks. As a side note the General requested her recipe for the fish she prepared but it was some years later they exchanged the recipe for his book Back on the road this time home to NH so our daughter could attend high school in America, Not to sit back and enjoy her new home she went to work on President Bush's re-election and after attended his inauguration. Jackie was one in a million, sharp mind, funny, more common sense than could be imagined. She was the best, most loyal mother and wife anyone could ask for I will miss and love her every day of my life.  So long chum see you soon. Jackie is survived by her husband Bruce H. Walker of Tuftonboro, 2 sons Brian Walker of Medford, MA, James Walker of Cocoa Beach, FL, 2 daughters Lucille Pagenkopf of Clinton, MI, Megan Walker of Tuftonboro and a sister Sharon Reinert of Lanesburg, MI.   Visitation will be 4-6 PM Thursday August 24 at the Baker-Gagne Funeral Home, 85 Mill St., Wolfeboro.   A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to St Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105   Please share your messages, stories, or leave a short note and sign an online guest book at www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.com
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