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Edna Louise Cearley

Edna Louise Cearley (Granny), 93, of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on June 17, 1929, to Ira Lee Simmons and Bessie Hazel Robinson, in Bradley, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker all her life.

Edna was a frequent visitor at PCDC and everyone knew her as “momma”. She loved flowers, it didn’t matter which ones, quilting was a lifelong passion for her, and going to the lake to pick up fishing weights.

She is survived by: one sister, Nadine Kennedy of Lindsey, Ok; five daughters, Thelma Hammond (Paul) of Mena, Ruby Thacker of Hatfield, Arlene Wells (Vernon) of Alder Springs, Mary Hill (Jeff) of Hatfield, and Bessie Murphy (Ronnie) of Wyoming; twelve grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and her four-legged companion Lilly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Albert Cearley; and two grandsons James Hursh and Bobby Wells.

A memorial service will be announced on the Beasley Wood website.

Online obituary and guestbook at

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