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Jon Anna Walsworth Calleton

Jon Anna Walsworth Calleton, 80, of Mena, AR, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023, after a long and courageous fight with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband and children.

Jon was born April 9, 1942, to Tina Brownlee Walsworth and John Alvin Walsworth in Springhill, LA. After Jon graduated from Springhill High School in 1960, she went on to study Medical Technology at Northeast Louisiana State College in Monroe, LA. Jon completed a year-long internship at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe, LA. After completing college, she began work as a Registered Medical Technologist.  Her career began at Springhill Hospital in Springhill, LA. She worked as a Med Tech for 46 years, with her last job being at Mena Regional Medical Center, where she worked for 26 years.

In 1960, Jon met Richard Calleton at the public tennis courts in Springhill, LA. During their marriage, they lived in Baton Rouge, LA, Warwick, NY, Guadalajara, Mexico, various places in Arkansas, Shreveport, LA, Hot Springs, AR, and finally landing in Mena in 1984. Jon and Richard went on to have 2 children — Kelly Renee Calleton Healy and Jonathan Edward Dewey Calleton (Jed).

Jon spent her free time quilting with friends (Quilt & Chat), gardening, traveling to go fly fishing with her husband and son, reading, PEO, attending community college, and traveling to see her grandchildren and the world. Jon was a Master Gardener for many years and helped with gardening projects around town — the most visible the Courthouse. She loved taking care of her own yard as well which included riding her lawn mower.

Jon was preceded in death by her parents, her mother-in-law Dorothy Calleton, her Aunt Lorraine  and Uncle Joe LaFreniere, her brother-in-law Ron Corbell, sister-in-law Elizabeth Calleton, and nephew Brian Corbell.

She is survived by her husband Richard Calleton, her daughter Kelly and son-in- law David and grandchildren Spencer and Ava Healy, her son Jed and daughter-in-law Juliet and granddaughter Natalie Calleton, her sister Karen Corbell and niece and nephew Kim Corbell and Ron Corbell, her brother-in-law Ted Calleton sister-in-law Kathy and nephew Jay, niece Susan Germundson and husband Kurt and their children Eric and Rachel, niece Pam Calleton, and nephew Chris Calleton and his wife Jennifer and their children Kylie, Cade, and Keira

Jon will be remembered by her family as a loving and supportive wife, mother, sister, and grandmother and to her community as one of the most generous, hardworking and involved volunteers. Her love and light were warm and beautiful — she will be missed for the time and smiles she gave so freely. She was the personification of grace, kindness, and love.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 27, 2023, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, it was Jon’s wish that donations be sent to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas, — as Jon was a huge dog lover and had too many to count dog rescues throughout her life.

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