An Unforgettable Love: Hal And Beth Walker

Faith Matters
BELLA VISTA, AR (KNWA) – Falling in love isn’t always easy, but can you do that twice with the same person?

A northwest Arkansas couple found out you can after the woman woke up from a coma and couldn’t remember her life. 

But her husband didn’t give up and managed to make his wife fall in love with him…all over again.

Prayer is a staple of the Walker’s lives. The family says grace before every meal. The family is thankful for their time together after what happened to them 20 years ago. 

On October 10, 1994, Beth Walker went to the hospital with a debilitating migraine. Her temperature grew to 107 degrees. Doctors diagnosed the the 32-year-old with viral encephalitis. Beth then slipped into a coma for 12 days.

“I really thought that she wasn’t going to make it, but He’s not done with her,” says Hal Walker. “They said they usually don’t make it when they get like this and I said, ‘What did you say?'” 

So Hal, being the faith driven man he is, went to talk to God. 

“I went down to the chapel and I told God, I says, ‘you gave her to me in the first place. If you’re going to take her, take her, because I can’t handle this anymore. I’m done. I walked down the hall, as I was walking down the hall, my small group members that were church friends came running out of there and said she opened her eyes and that was the same time I was down there praying,” Hal recalls.

As friends and family celebrated Beth’s recovery, the miracle they had all been praying for quickly took a turn. 

“They had taken her off the ventilator and as she was able to talk, she said ‘who are you and why are you hanging around here?.’ That’s what she said to me. I said, ‘Well, I’m your husband.’ She said, ‘What is a husband?’ She didn’t know any of us,” he explains.

Beth doesn’t remember that October day 20 years ago. It started a new journey for the Walkers. 

“She had to fall in love with me again,” says Hal. “So I had to basically wine and dine her and I’d bring her home flowers, and I’d take her out to eat, and I’d try to get her to like me again. She did not like me at all.” 

These two must have been meant for each other, because after two years of re-dating, Hal won her heart for the second time. The two got married again. 

“We had our 15th wedding anniversary, renewed our vows August the 21st, 1997, because she did not remember our first marriage at all,” says Hal. 

Today, Beth remembers the past only through pictures. 

“It’s one day at a time, that’s for sure,” she says. “I journal, so I know what was yesterday. Before during and after with that guy I came home with, I know it all, I just can’t remember it all.”

Memory is still an issue today, but there is one thing she still has ingrained. 

“The Lord has got me here for a reason and I’m His and I’m perfect in His eyes,” Beth says. 

The Walkers rely heavily on their faith. It’s something they say is the cornerstone of their marriage. A reason why they say their marriage stands strong today. 

“I have to rely on God to take care of her,” he says. “We committed to his marriage vows, and then number two, we committed to Him to take care of us.”

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