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Nelda Ruth Dearing

Nelda Ruth Dearing, 82, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, formerly of Cove, Arkansas died peacefully at home on July 6, 2019 with Don her loving husband of 63 years by her side. She was born Wednesday, October 21, 1936 to Carl and Lucille Bowman in Amber, Oklahoma and raised in Holliday, Texas.

Nelda spent many years running the family farm in Cove while husband Don worked for Tyson Foods. She was not a stranger to hard work and managed to raise two kids in addition to her farm responsibilities.  She was a talented cook and seamstress. Later in life, Nelda and Don retired to Hot Springs and enjoyed living on the lake where she loved working in her beautiful yard while Don fished. At this stage in life came her greatest joy, her three grandchildren which she loved dearly and most recently, her precious great grandchild. Nelda loved the Lord and spent her life serving Him by setting a fine example of a strong Southern Baptist wife.  She always sought to instill these values in her children and grandchildren as well as anyone she knew.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Joyce Hazel Bland; her sweet baby niece, Leslie Jo Bland; and her brother in law, Ted Gilbert.

Nelda is survived by her husband, Don Dearing of Hot Springs, Arkansas; her two children, son Steve (Felita) Dearing of Cove, Arkansas and daughter Laura (Will) Robbins of Pearl River, Louisiana; grandson, Hunter (Hannah) Bedell of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; grandson, Chance Dearing of Richmond, Virginia; granddaughter, Harly Dearing of Arkadelphia; and great grandson, Beau Hawkins of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; sister, Helen Gilbert of Denton, Texas; brother, J.W. “Bud” (Carolyn) Bowman of Graham, Texas; three nephews; a niece; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Visitation was Monday, July 8, 2019 from 1-3 P.M. with a service immediately following at 3:00 P.M. in the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Threet of First Baptist Church of Mena officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove.

Pallbearers were Steve Dearing, Will Robbins, Hunter Bedell, Chance Dearing, and Tanner Hawkins. The family wishes to thank those for their support during this difficult time.

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