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Betty Lou Marcum

Betty Lou Marcum, age 76 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Hot Springs.

She was born in California on November 25, 1943 to the late Maurice Monroe Ogden and the late Mable Annabelle Krebs Ogden.  She was a cook at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, where she shared her love of the holidays and giving, earning her the title “Mrs. Santa Claus”.  She loved to read and watch movies and was a die hard Elvis fan.  Betty was a beloved friend, mother, grandmother, and sister and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by daughter, Darla Larkin of Kansas City, Kansas; sister,  Barbara Phegley and husband Tom of Lake Havasu, Arizona; grandchildren:  Madison Larkin, Nikki Williams, Jesi Haukap, and Leo Larkin, Jr.; and special friends:  Karen Cook of Mena, Arkansas, Tracey Rudman of Mena, Arkansas, Marion Cunningham of Plano, Texas; and all the fellas in the campground.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by four sisters.

Ms. Marcum was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.  No services are scheduled at this time.

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