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Gladys Mae Cost Hackworth

Gladys Mae Cost Hackworth, age 89, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born October 14, 1931, in Fort Wingate, New Mexico, to William Effard Holley and Frances Jane Stayner Holley.

Gladys was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene in Cove, Arkansas. She enjoyed crocheting and playing dominoes and Skip-Bo. Gladys loved to go to town. You might remember seeing her and her daughter, Debbie, in Wal-Mart on Saturdays. She loved to attend her annual family reunion in New Mexico. Gladys cherished her family and loved to spend time with them. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and a friend to many and will be missed by all who knew her. 

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Lee Cost and Jerry Hackworth; infant son, Edwin Beckwith; brothers Bobby Holley, Lawrence Holley, Effard Holley, Delbert Holley; sisters, Janie Darby, Harriett Wilcox, Dorothy Stevenson; great-great granddaughter, Adrienne Rodrigues.

She is survived by her two sons and her daughter. Sons Edward Beckwith of Cove, Arkansas, Eddie Holley, and wife, Sandra of California City, California; daughter, Debbie Bradley and husband, Steve, of Wickes, Arkansas, brothers, Freddie Holley and wife, Betty, of Colorado, Jimmy Holley and wife, Nancy, of Florida; sisters, Shirley Reynolds, Sarah Porter; four grandchildren, Billy Holley and wife, Becky, of Washington, Lynette Pavlicek of California, Heather Watkins and husband, Gerald, from Arkansas, and Heath Bradley and wife, Misty, of Arkansas; seven great-grandchildren; Christynna Witzke and husband, Korey, of California, Faith Dufour and husband, Timothy, of Nevada, Teresa Thompson and husband, Edward, of Washington, Kalin Smith and husband, Kameron of Oklahoma, Bailey Watkins of Oklahoma, Alexis Bradley, Addy Watkins, Trevin Bradley, and Avery Watkins, all of Arkansas; ten great-great-grandchildren, Allen Pavlicek and Lacy Rodrigues of California, Ethan and Jack Rodrigues of Nevada, Stewiee-James, Xnineopeia, and Helen Witzke of California, Aubrey Thompson of Washington, Matthew Dufour of Washington, and Kase Smith of Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be Bailey Watkins, Kameron Smith, Tim Rose I, Roger Wilson, Tom Hudson, and John Richardson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Heath Bradley, Gerald Watkins, and Eddie Holley.

A funeral service will be held Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene in Cove, Arkansas, with Brother Steve Bradley officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas, under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. General visitation will be held at the funeral home.

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