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Brenda Louise (Foster) Willis

Brenda Louise (Foster) Willis, 75, was born January 14, 1948, in Mena, Arkansas, to LJ Foster and Mildred Bates Foster.

Brenda loved all dogs, cats, and most other animals. If you died, you would want to come back as Brenda’s dog or cat. She was known to her granddog and grandcat as granny. All of them knew exactly who Granny was. She loved to watch TV, especially westerns and police dramas. Her favorite show of all time was Gunsmoke, she probably saw each one of them twenty times or more. After graduating high school in 1966, she married her loving husband, Virgil. They were married for 45 years till he passed away in 2012. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the hospital on the hill and the one here in town. She enjoyed taking care of her patients. She was a wonderful housewife who made the best chicken and dressing there ever was.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 45 years Virgil, a son, Dewayne Willis, brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Pat Earhart, nephew, Richard Earhart, and brother-in-law, Rod Willis.

She is survived by, one daughter, Angela, and husband Slade Cunningham of Mena, “Sister-Cousin” Linda Mourton, of Little Rock, her adorable fur babies, Sadie and Margaret, brothers and sisters-in-law, Frankye Ripley, June Willis, James (Jim) and Francine Willis, Jeffrey and Carol Willis, Yvonne (Willis) and Kenny O’ Daniel, who meant the world to her and were just like her family.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Dan Hill Officiating. Interment will follow at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas. There will be a scheduled visitation held on Monday, October 23, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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