Margie Nelia Arnett Walsh

Published 12:12 pm Friday, January 19, 2024

Margie Nelia Arnett Walsh, 88 years old, died peacefully at her home in Hampton on January 18, 2024, following an extended illness.
Margie loved to work and would often say, I wish I could get better so I could get a job and get back to work.
She worked for Betty and Ted Tipton for many years at the Big B Restaurant, Lakeshore, and the Captain’s Table. She also worked for Ted many, many years ago at the Pan Am. She told many stories about the Pan Am and the Log Cabin.
Betty and Ted and their family are part of our family. We thank you all for being so good to Margie.
Margie was known for feeding and taking in every stray that came to her house. She loved every animal, and they loved her. Her wish was instead of sending flowers or food to send donations to the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter.
Margie asked for a very simple service. Services will be provided by Memorial Funeral Chapel, and we will have a simple graveside service. She will be buried with her husband, Ray Luther Walsh, at Mountain Home National Cemetery located at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Mountain Home, Tenn. Our special friend and pastor, Brandon Young, will be officiating.
We would like to say a special thank you to some very dear people in Margie’s life.
· Dorothy Arnett, Margie’s sister-in-law. Not a day passed that Dorothy didn’t call or come over to check on Margie. As Margie’s illness progressed, Dorothy was there every day, she cooked and brought her whatever she knew she liked to eat. She spent time with her, time Margie enjoyed. Margie called Dorothy her best friend and she loved her very much.
· Linda Duvall, a special angel God sent to take care of Margie, Linda treated her as if she were her own mother. Margie loved and trusted Linda and for that we will be eternally grateful.
· Tiffany Parker, you know they say God sends you special people when he knows you need them, well he knew Margie would need this special young lady. She treated her with kindness, gentleness, and with love. Thank you, Lord, for this very special young lady and dear friend.
· Earl and Julie Walsh visited and spent as much time with Margie as they could. Earl is Margie’s brother-in-law. He has been a strong shoulder for us to lean on and has been there to help with both Margie and Ray. Earl and Julie’s support and love will never be forgotten.
· Preacher Brandon Young and his wife Dara and their son, a special family that is a big part of our family. Dara and Margie shared a special bond, they both love high heeled shoes, stilettos, and they wear the same size. They would compare their shoes every Sunday. Margie has asked for Dara to have her high heel shoes and continue to wear them. You all are very much loved and appreciated.
· Jeremy Edwards, Margie’s grandson, was the light of her life. She was always excited when she knew he was coming in to visit. He came home every weekend when his Papaw and his Mamaw were sick. He helped take care of them and he loved them as much as they loved him.
· Steve Maddux, Margie’s son-in-law, she would ask every night where Steve was. We would call him, and they would talk, in the later days Steve did most of the talking but Margie knew what he was saying. She trusted Steve, she knew he would take care of her, and she loved him very much.
Margie had a big family, a good family, a family that stands by you, a family that sticks together. She loved her family very much.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Luther Walsh; brother, Bill Arnett; brother, Sam Arnett; sister, Helen Arnett Carter; mother, Grace Arnett; father, Paul Arnett.
Those surviving are her daughter, Patty Walsh Maddux and her husband Steve; grandson, Jeremy Edwards; sister, Betty Arnett McNeil and her daughter Judy McNeil; son, Jerry McNeil and his wife Carol; brother, RJ Arnett, brother, Andy Arnett and his wife Dorothy and their sons Daniel and Ryan, brother, Randy Arnett and his wife Shirley and their son Jeff and daughter Patty, and brother, Bob Arnett and his wife Rose; daughters, Tammy Ferguson and her husband Johnny and son Jacob, Melissa Loveless and her husband Danny, and Jenny Bowers and her husband Steve and son Drew and daughter Kaylee.
It’s sure not an easy thing being a caretaker and taking care of your parents. Roles reverse and now you’re the parent, but one thing is for sure, it is a true blessing, a blessing to give back just a little of what they gave you. We will always love Margie and cherish the love and memories we have. God Bless each and everyone.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, at Mountain Home National Cemetery (Historic Section) with Pastor Brandon Young officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Amedisys Hospice for the care shown to her. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website, www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Walsh family.

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