Laura Ann Jernigan, age 73, passed away peacefully August 2, 2021. She was originally from Pennsylvania but has called East Tennessee home for more than 35 years. Her late husband Richard Jernigan III introduced her to the area; it was love at first sight.
Laura spent more than a decade working at the Emory Valley Center in Oak Ridge. She started working directly one-on-one with clients, and by the time she left, she was responsible for managing 10 houses. She played an integral part in forming, building, and participating in the Direct Support ProfessionalsÂ Association of East Tennessee, D-SPAT for short.
She also spent a decade with the Salvation Army helping to support and build on their mission. During the times she wasnâ€™t employed, she was caring for others.[Read more…]