Jennifer's Race

The 3rd Annual Jennifer Garmany Hallmark 5K Memorial Scholarship Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. Sept. 27, at 8 a.m. Participants can register and pay online here or participants can fill out the registration form and deliver via mail or in person. For more information about the race, contact Dr. Amy Langley at or call 256-840-4185.

Who's Jennifer?

Amanda Garmany remembers the day her sister-in-law, the late Jennifer Garmany Hallmark, convinced her to enroll in the RN program at Snead State Community College.

“I’ll never forget the day she asked me, ‘You want to go to nursing school?’ Jennifer was super smart, but she was always the one who passed out when she had to have her blood drawn. I never knew she was even interested in nursing,” said Mrs. Garmany.

Mrs. Hallmark was a wife to Shane and a stay-at-home mom to 6-year-old Arianna. She valued her faith and her family as the most important parts of her life. But she opened her life up to studying to be a nurse, and she did so with her sister-in-law at her side.

“We felt God leading us to nursing school. Jennifer was my right-hand man. She was super smart, and once she learned something, she remembered it, even if it was something we studied a while ago. When we were in clinicals, she did what needed to be done without a problem, and she did a good job. She studied and worked hard. She wasn’t a procrastinator.

“We got through it all together with strength from God. She loved serving older people, and her goal was to be the head over a nursing home,” said Mrs. Garmany.

The sisters-in-law enrolled at Snead State in 2008. After completing the core curriculum, they began striving for their Associate in Nursing degree, which they achieved in the Spring of 2011. Mrs. Hallmark was recognized for maintaining the highest GPA in her class as both a first-year and second-year RN student.

But before Mrs. Hallmark could claim the diploma she earned, she – along with her husband, her in-laws, and her nephew – was killed as a result of the April 27, 2011, tornados that hit Marshall County. As her family coped with the tragedy, Mrs. Hallmark’s Snead family also mourned the loss of a woman whose heart was to serve God and others.

“Her heart was on fire for God, and she gave Him the glory in everything she did. She loved her family, and we both knew how very blessed we were to have supportive families we could rely on while we were in school,” said Mrs. Garmany.

Mrs. Hallmark’s achievements and legacy did not go uncelebrated. Her memory was honored at Snead State Community College during the RN Pinning Ceremony on May 11 and the Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2011. Ari attended both ceremonies to accept the nursing pin and Associate in Nursing degree awarded posthumously to her mother. Her family has also honored her memory by establishing the Jennifer Garmany Hallmark Scholarship Fund.