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Cloy Jo “Ellen” Cotner

Cloy Jo “Ellen” Cotner, age 82, of Mena passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas.

Ellen was born in Grannis, Arkansas on February 19, 1935 to the late Orvel Edward McCravens and Ida Irene Smith McCravens. She worked for years at Renova shirt factory. Ellen had a Servants heart for volunteering at Feed My Sheep ministries and helping people. She enjoyed spending time on the phone, shopping and most of all she loved God and her family. At the age of 60, Ellen learned to drive and loved “sporting” the car around. She enjoyed making biscuits for everyone to enjoy. Ellen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by husband, Larry French of Mena; daughters, Jayne Richmond and husband Gary of Mena, Arkansas, Brenda Allen and husband Johnny of Mena, Arkansas, Marilyn Bain and husband Jimmy of Mena, Arkansas, Linda Watts and husband Jerry of Mena, Arkansas; 12 Grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold McCravens and Royce McCravens; sister, Erma Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orvel and Ida McCravens, her first and second husbands, Luther Willis and Bert Cotner, son, Bobby Willis, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, and one brother and one sister.

Graveside service will be Friday, September 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Owens Chapel in Acorn, Arkansas with Brother Leroy Bass officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation is general.

One comment

  1. RIP
    Sweet Ellen.. My heart is broke for your friends and family and everyone you left behind, but I feel a sense of peace knowing you and mom are together again.. You two had a special bond and were Blessed with a true friendship not many ever experience..
    We will all meet again someday..
    Love you Ellen and thanks for always being there..
    Praying peace and comfort for your family..

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