She never saw a flower she didn't love. Hilda Jernigan died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at home. A loving mother and wife, Hilda is remembered by her sons as a wonderful mom and the favorite of their friends. They are thankful for everything she did and the values that she instilled in them. She made a happy home for her family wherever her husband's job took them. During their 60 years of marriage, they lived in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Missouri, California and Puerto Rico before moving to Baton Rouge 36 years ago. In her spare time, she was an avid gardener, active in local garden clubs and spent countless hours taking care of her plants and flowers. She loved animals and over the years provided a good home to many a stray. She enjoyed cooking and was always ready to try out a new recipe on her family and friends. She was loved and will be missed by her entire family and friends. Hilda was a native of Jackson, Ga., and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge. Survived by her husband, John A. Jernigan; and two sons, Richard Jernigan and wife Peggy, of Houston, and Scott Jernigan and wife Kim, of Seabrook, Texas, and their daughters, Lauren and Jordan Jernigan. Preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Hattie Belle Garr; and sisters, Jane Garr and Clair Garr Burt. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Dr. John Blewitt. Hilda was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church and the Baton Rouge and Sherwood Forest garden clubs. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, 12855 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2009