Jennie Burrow, 31, of Benton passed away Monday, April 8, 2013. Jennie was the daughter of Don and Darlene Burrow and the late Eva Coleman. Jennie was born on July 21, 1981, in Benton. When Jennie was quite young, she was a girl scout and loved scouting. Jennie attended Bryant High School and later graduated from the Eastern College of Vocational Health. She aspired to be a nurse, but in 2007 she decided to join the U.S. Army and become a warrior for her country. After training, Jennie deployed to Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division. While in the Army, Jennie was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal with Service Star. Jennie was also awarded the Combat Action Badge, as a result of a rocket attack and subsequent firefight at Forward Operating Base Rustimayah, near Baghdad.
Jennie loved to go to the lake house with Dad and step-mom Darlene. She loved all children and especially loved entertaining all Dad’s and Darlene’s grandchildren, including her own 11-year-old son, Dylan. Whether taking Dylan, Ronnie, and Mikayla for four-wheeler rides, tubing, water skiing or just swimming at Lake Ouachita, Jennie always made sure that the children had a good time and knew that they were loved. In many ways, Jennie was just a big kid herself.
Jennie was generous almost to a fault. Although she herself never had in life very many material things and had very little wealth, if you asked her for something, it was yours, no strings attached and no expectation of return payment. All Jennie wanted was your friendship and for you and her to be happy.
But, as with so many soldiers, Jennie came back to us a wounded warrior. In the end, the post-traumatic stress disorder and all her personal demons just became more than she could bear. But no longer will she have to feel the loneliness, rejection, hopelessness and despair that haunted her here on this earth. Jennie attended church when she could, read the Bible continuously and knew that Jesus Christ was her savior. She will be missed by so many, but to all of those she would simply say, “I am with God now and can finally be eternally happy and at peace.”
Jennie is survived by her son, Dylan Wayne Allega; her father, Don Burrow; her step-mom, Darlene Burrow; her brother, Jeremy Burrow; her step-brother, Chad Martin; her grandmother, Helen Shaw; her Aunt Carolyn and Uncle David; her little nephew and niece, Ronnie and Mikayla Martin; all of the Curtis family here in Benton; all of mom Darlene’s family in Lonoke County and the Fort Smith area; and all her friends that cared for her so much.
A funeral service for Jennie will be held noon on Friday, April 12, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Pallbearers will be David and Bradley Burrow, Glen Hogue, Marc and Greg Corley and Allen Shivers. Honorary/alternate pallbearers will be Kevin Clifton and George Shivers.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, prior to the funeral service.
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