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Ellen Rae Busch

Ellen Rae Busch age 54 of Mena, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Ellen was born on January 29, 1965 in Mena, Arkansas to Billy Ray Rice and Rosellen Calvery Branch.  She was married to Bryant Arville Busch and worked at Mena Regional Health System in the business office. Ellen enjoyed working with flowers and designing arrangements. Ellen attended Faith Missionary Baptist Church and was very involved and dedicated in serving her church family. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her.  She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by her husband, Bryant Busch of Mena, Arkansas; sons:  Chase Busch of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Brandon Busch of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren:  Bailey Elaine Heald of Mena, Arkansas and Bevin Elizabeth Busch of Mena, Arkansas; father, Billy Ray Rice of Mena, Arkansas; mother, Rosellen “Rose” Branch of Mena, Arkansas; and brothers:  Marty Henry of Mena, Arkansas, Paul Arceneaux of Mena, Arkansas,  Michael Rice of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Tracy Rice of Hatfield, Arkansas; and a sister, Amanda Beck of Alder Springs, Arkansas

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: Gene Calvery and James Wheat; grandmother, Sybil Wheat; mother-in-law, Virginia Busch; and step-mother, Barbara Rice.

Funeral service will be Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Tim Harper officiating. Interment will follow in the White Oak Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.  Family and friends visitation will be Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers are A.J. Arceneaux, Braxton Arceneaux, Allen Henry, Eddie Kennedy, Matt Stockton, and Teil Henry.

Honorary pallbearer is Eric Pistol Sherrill.

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