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Cathryn Jo Simpson

simpson-pic-1Cathryn Jo Simpson, age 83, of Mena passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born October 11, 1931, in Shady Grove, Arkansas, to the late Eugene Wright and the late Rosebud Terrell Wright. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the church choir for many years. Mrs. Simpson also worked as a receptionist for Dr. Fried. She was a loving and kind mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Jo will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by daughters, Kathy McCormick and husband Ed of Mena, Arkansas, Louise Buchanan of West Fork, Arkansas, Lanette Emry of Mena, Arkansas; sister, Patsy Venable and husband Charles of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Chris Moody and wife Alicia, Heather Grenier and husband Rodney, Matt Moody and wife Hillery, Cory Thompson and wife Candace, Dillon Buchanan; eleven great-grandchildren; nephew, Travis Venable of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Betty Wright Davis; and her nephew, Rus Venable.

Funeral service was Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mena with Brother Tom Frase officiating.  Interment followed in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers were Chris Moody, Matt Moody, Cory Thompson, Dillon Buchanan, Rodney Grenier, Travis Venable.

Honorary pallbearers were Ed McCormick and Eddie Thompson.

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