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Elizabeth “Dian” Billings Hodge

Elizabeth “Dian” Billings Hodge, age 68, of Hatfield, Arkansas, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at her home. She was born on Saturday, December 25, 1954, to Truman Theodore Billings and Margaret Elizabeth Moon Billings in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Dian married Eddie Joe Hodge on March 5, 1977. Their daughter, Elizabeth Rose Hodge was born on April 14, 1987. Dian loved to spend her time gardening and fishing, a love which she shared with her father. Dian also had a deep love for books and learning and spent many happy years serving the community at the Portland Public Library in Portland, Texas. Dian’s faith in God carried her through many of life’s trials with patience and love.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Truman and Margaret Billings; and her brother, Jesse T. Billings.

Dian is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Eddie Joe Hodge of Hatfield; her daughter, Elizabeth Rose Hodge of Corpus Christi, Texas; her aunts, Charlsie Billings of Fayetteville, and Rose Moon of Friendswood, Texas; cousins and a multitude of many good friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel at 2608 Highway 71 South, Mena, Arkansas, with Pastor Carroll Bryant officiating. Another memorial service will be held at a later date in Portland, Texas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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UPDATE: A second memorial service will be held at the Calvary Lighthouse Church, 7273 County Road 2004, Portland, Texas, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24.


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