WALKER, Arleen L. Arleen L. Walker of Blairsville, GA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on March 9, 2018 following an extended illness. She is survived by her loving partner of 43 years, Jackie Williams; her daughter, Nancy Ball and husband David and their 3 children, Jason, Andrew, and Lauren; son, Ben Walker, Jr. and girlfriend Caitlin and his 2 children, Justin and Lexi; her sister, Nancy Bass and her brother, Frank Lathrop and wife Anna. Arleen was born in Rochester, NY and grew up and went to school in Louisville, KY, before relocating to Atlanta where she was a legal secretary for several Atlanta Law Firms for over 35 years. She enjoyed traveling to Europe and throughout the United States, reading, classical music, Sudoku, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. She especially enjoyed caring for her dog Pebbles and her 2 cats, Fiona and Katrina, and loved all her pets preceding them. She also enjoyed attending and watching Georgia Football, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves games. She was thrilled that the Dawgs made it to the National Championship Game. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter, 129 Bowling Gap Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512

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  1. Arlene you will be missed by all but your memories will live forever in my heart. You were a friend that one dreams of and I will cherish you and our fun times forever. Will always miss your sweet smile and caring spirit. Love you!!

  2. Arlene was and always will be in our heart. She was a beautiful soul. We are blessed to have known her.

  3. Such a beautiful soul. I will miss you much. You touched me heart in so many ways. Love forever and always.
    Brandy

  4. I love you Mom, thanks for giving me life, I will miss you dearly. Thank you for all the love & support you gave to Caitlin & I, Justin and Lexi. As you and Jackie have taught me well, I will continue on trying to help others in need. I know you are with Jesus now and that gives me comfort with the knowledge that you are at peace. I’m sure you are helping to keep everyone in line up there. I love you, good bye, Mom, I’ll talk to you later.

  5. I am grateful I had a chance to know Arleen. She had a quick wit, dynamite spirit, kind heart and always made me feel welcome. I will miss her laughter and irreverent stories. The world will be a less interesting place without her. Love and peace to you Arleen.

  6. A great lady who always lit up the room. Much loved and much missed. Thinking of Jackie and all the members of the family.

  7. It was a privilege to know Arleen. She was a genuinely good person with a kind heart and sweet spirit. She will be missed by everyone who knew her but we can rejoice that one day we will all meet again. May the peace that passes understanding be with all her loved ones in the days ahead. Although they will be so sad that she has left us, she has left some wonderful memories for all of them – and us.
    Love to each, particularly Jackie, in the days ahead

  8. A lovely lady to the end that was loving and classy. She always had a smile and kind word. It is sad to give her up but I am so thankful she will never have another pain. Arlene’s journey has delivered her to an eternity to enjoy peace and the joys of heaven. Gods blessings to her family and friends who will miss her so deeply.

  9. Arleen, you will be missed by many, but memories of all the good times will live forever in our hearts. Prayers go out to Jackie and all the rest of the family…may knowing that she is no longer in pain provide comfort and peace to those left behind, Hugs and love you all!

  10. Arleen, We are very lucky to have known a kind hearted, gentle and spirited person such as you. Wish we had met sooner. RIP new friend. We will miss you always.

  11. My prayers for your family in their loss. Arleen and I were youths in Atlanta when we last saw each other. Looking forward to reuniting with cousin Arleen, and all the rest of my extended family when we are all in heaven together.

  12. Herb and I are very sad to learn of Arleen’s passing, but we are relieved that she is no longer in pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and Arleen’s son and daughter and their families. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

  13. Cindy and my condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie, the family and all who were fortunate to know Arlene her years here with us. God has recalled home one of His great souls – Our loss is heaven’s gain. Although she will be rightfully remembered for her feisty, spirited personality, I will best remember Arlene for her kindness and welcoming demeanor. Arlene always had her caring arms open wide for anyone, anytime, a trait possessed by fewer and fewer in today’s world. Arlene, may you rest in peace until we see you again.

  14. I met Arlene in art school with Ben, it’s been a while and yet I remember she was beautiful and gracious. She left a very positive impression in a very short period of time. Wishing peace to all her family and friends in the days going forward.

  15. Your love, loyalty, irreverent attitude and wisdom steered my law practice for so long. When you retired we remained close friends. I miss and celebrate you. My heart goes out to Jackie and Ben.

  16. Arleen, You will be missed. You were such a kind and friendly lady the several times I visited with you. Jackie, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and watch over you along with all of Arleen’s children and relatives.

  17. My thoughts are with Arleen and family. I always enjoyed visiting with Arleen when she visited Morris Manning & Martin. Jackie please know how sorry I am for your loss.

  18. Arlene…….so sorry to lose sight of you when you left us for a better place and you’re probably enjoying a hallelujah moment
    With the one who loves us best. Glad for freedom from pain that heaven allows. Roger &I will miss our dinners with you & Jackie
    that were filled with laughter & stories. We’ll see you again when we get home.

  19. Jackie: I am saddened to learn of your loss. Arleen was a fun person to be around. There is no doubt, however, that she will live on in peoples hearts. I know you will miss her but at the same time, please know how many love you and are here to support you.

  20. So sorry to hear about Arlene,she was a great friend and classmate,prayers to Nancy and Frank, So glad we got to see her at the last Valley H.S. class reunion!

  21. Jackie there are no words to describe how much I Love you both. I am blessed to have so many memories in such a short time. Arlene was so Special ,so Unique, and truly a Wonderful Lady. She is out of pain and looking down knowing we will all see each other someday!

  22. Aunt Arleen, some of my favorite childhood memories come from weekends at your house with my cousins. I know my love of the Dawgs comes from you. I was 12 before I realized being a UGA cheerleader was not an occupation. I’m lucky to be your namesake and we all know it gave me SPECIAL ranking. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love you and will always cherish the memories I have.

  23. Arleen’s warmth and sweet gentle presence were a shining light in our neighborhood and everywhere she went. She was smart, funny, and kind. I always enjoyed her quick wit and funny observations. She was a loving person with a heart of gold. To Jackie, may you be comforted by memories of your many good times together and by the love and support of your many friends..

  24. Sorry to hear about your loss it’s always hard when losing someone we love acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that there will be a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  25. So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was a wonderful person, and always such a gracious host. Jackie – you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. The Lord bless you and keep you…..I know you have peace at last and I’m comforted knowing that you are no longer in pain. I will always cherish the good times we had together and will forever keep you in my heart.

  27. Arleen was such an energetic and fun travel companion. Enjoyed her company many times with the United Community Bank travel club. Always friendly and smiling. Will miss her but know she is in a good place.

  28. Arleen was one of a kind. There is no one out there like Arleen. She was employed by the first law firm where I worked right out of law school. I always say I was trained by Arleen. Everybody laughs but it is really true. Arleen knew more about law than most attorneys. She did not hold back. If it was on her mind she said it.
    Nobody can replace her and she will be very missed. Ed and I both loved you and you will always have a special place in our hearts.

    Penny and Edward Furr

  29. Arleen was unique. She was a loving, kind woman who will be missed by so many people. I will keep Arleen’s family, especially Jackie in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. It was a joy and a gift to have known Arleen. What a gracious lady she was. My prayers are with Jackie and the family. May God comfort you all and hold you in the palm of his hands. I know Arleen is looking down on everyone with love.

  31. Harry and I have great memories of you and Jackie on the cruise to Alaska….Great fun!! sharing food, drink, and laughter……
    God Bless you Arlene….. Your loving Spirit will be greatly missed…..

  32. So sorry to hear the loss of Arleen today by Jackie. To the family my thoughts and condolences to you . I really enjoyed your Mum visiting with me and shared her travels, concerts and her life. She was a pleasure to be round and absolutley glad to know her.

  33. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We know Ben but did not have the chance to meet his mom. Ben and Caitlin are special friends so “mom” must have been pretty special too! One day we can all get together and catch up in one of those “rooms”. I know this to be true because of this truth in John 14:2-3 “There are many rooms in my Father’s home and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”

  34. Arleen always could light up a room … she was the only person who could match the charisma of Jackie … and the only person worthy of Jackie’s love. If you knew Arlene, even briefly, you loved her.
    Leslie Allen

  35. Arleen was a treasure. Betty Jo and I became neighbors with Jackie and Arleen in 2013. One of the first people we met was Arleen. She was out chasing woodpeckers away from her home. I later learned woodpeckers cause a lot of damage to homes in this area. I also learned Arleen was a Dawg fan, a Braves fan and she was an amazing neighbor. I just learned about her passing. I was in the hospital at the time of her passing. She will definitely be missed. She will always be loved. Until we meet again, goodbye my friend.

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