Jayne Ellen Walker
December 12, 1932 ~ July 2, 2018
Jayne Ellen Martin was born on December 12, 1932 to Wayne and Virginia Martin in Muncie, Indiana. She was raised in a loving home with her three younger siblings, Dave, Sandy and Mike. Muncie would remember her as the 1948 “Tomato Princess.” Wayne moved his family to Spokane shortly after and Jayne spent her senior year of high school at Holy Names Academy. During that year she met her future husband and father of her children, Chuck Hennessey. Together they had three wonderful children, Debbie, Kerry and Susie. They spent many happy years together, but Jayne would eventually meet and marry her soul mate. Bruce Walker marked the sweetest era of Jayne’s life. Their combined family boasted seven amazing kids. All with their unique talents and gifts. Art and design were the cornerstone of Jayne’s self-expression. Her home was a showcase in both interior and architectural design. She had an eye for fashion and it came through in her personal style. She shared her talents in the many events she participated in at the Spokane Club. Supporting her husband and children in their artistic endeavors was one of her greatest strengths. Bruce and Jayne traveled the world together, but you might say they left their hearts in San Francisco. It was a special city, not only were they married there, they went there often. They also shared their love of animals and anyone that came to the house on Perry remembers being greeted by the sound of little dogs running to say hello. It was good to be one of Jayne’s pets. In the mid-eighties, Jayne, with Joan Winston, opened a charming gift shop on the Spokane’s South Hill called Hog Heaven. The name suited the shopping experience. Again, reflecting her sense of style. Losing Bruce in 2005 was Jayne’s most difficult transition. Her faith was strong and she knew she would be with Bruce again. Her children celebrate that now. Jayne is survived by her daughters Deborah (Ervin) Robison and Susie Hennessey; her son Kerry Hennessey; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Kim (Sparky), Mark (Pam), Annie (Cal) and Todd (Robyn). She is also survived by her brothers David and Mike, and her sister Sandy (Mike) McLaughlin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bruce and at least a dozen furry friends. A celebration of Jayne’s life will be held on Friday, July 20th at 11 AM at the Gonzaga University Student Chapel, 3rd floor, College Hall. Those wishing to remember Jayne with a donation are invited to support her favorite charity, The Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N Havana, Spokane, WA 99217.
You can reach the parking lot by using MissionAvenue and turning south on Addison. For handicap drop offs, turn left at the south end of St Aloysius Church and there is a place to let someone off and an elevator for their use to get to the 3rd floor.