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Christine Head

Christine Head, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 9, 2024, at the Green House Cottages of Mena. She was born December 31, 1936, to Grady and Polly Looney Foster near “Bill’s Place” in Board Camp, Arkansas.

Christine’s ancestors were some of the original settlers of Big Fork and Board Camp in the 1850’s. As a child, her father’s job kept the family relocating but always returning to the Board Camp area. She attended Board Camp Primary School and graduated from Acorn High in 1955. She married Gene Head and after several moves, the family finally settled in Hurst, Texas, where they lived in the same house for 50 years until Gene died in 2011.

She was an amazing mother and home maker, very focused on teaching her children to be humble, mannerly and have Christian morals. Their home was welcoming to children’s friends and neighbors. She volunteered at church and for various charities. She was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church for forty plus years. When her youngest child was 10, she went to college to become a medical transcriptionist and worked in that field for over 20 years.

She moved to Jacksonville, Arkansas, in 2012 to be near two of her children and joined Indian Head Lake Baptist Church where she was actively involved. She was a wonderful cook, a talented church singer, and in her free time, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, movies, music, and reading.

Christine was very proud of all her family and cherished every moment she had with them. Christine was a sweet, kind, loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend and will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene Head; one grandchild, Chris Grimes; two brothers, Sam Foster and Clifton Foster; one sister, Otha Lee Richardson.

Christine is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kimie Head of Mena and Robert and Kay Head of Jacksonville, Arkansas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Gary Vaught of Mt. Vernon, Arkansas, and Lisa and Jimmy Rackley of Mena; one sister, Betty Fereday of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren, Katie Beth Head-Davis of Waldo, Ethan Head of Washington, Pennsylvania, Lucas Head of Havre, Montana, Wesley Vaught of Cabot, Jonathan Vaught of Mount Vernon, Stephanie Boyd of Fort Worth, Crystal Rackley of Mena, and Chase Rackley of Alma; many great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, several adored nieces and nephews, brother-in-law, Roger Head, and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Jim Tennery officiating. Interment will follow at the Concord Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Friday, May 17, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Vaught, Jonathan Vaught, Ethan Head, Lucas Head, Chase Rackley, Jerome Davis, and Travis Boyd.

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