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Lily Jane (Jenkins) Conley Bell

Lily Jane (Jenkins) Conley Bell, age 79, of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on March 15, 1941 in the Duckett Community near Wickes to the late James Nolan Jenkins and Ora Minnie (Demorest) Jenkins.

Lily married James Thomas Conley on April 11, 1964. Lily was a very hard worker and enjoyed spending time with her family, church family, and friends. She was a seamstress for many years and enjoyed cooking. She ran many restaurants. She was a devoted member of the Wickes Nazarene Church where she enjoyed playing the piano, singing, and fellowship. Lily’s most favorite past time was visiting with her kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her son, James P. Conley and wife Debbie of Smithville, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Jennifer Slaton and husband Matthew, Brittany Conley, Melissa Conley, and Bryan Conley; sisters, Lora Fern Taylor, Laural Miller, and Lila Jenkins; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Nolan and Ora Jenkins; first husband, James Thomas Conley; second husband, John Bell; sisters, Lou Ann Jenkins, Laverne Jenkins, and Lady Jenkins; and brothers, Loyd Jenkins, and Lacey Jenkins.

A funeral service for Mrs. Bell will be held 2:00 pm Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Wickes Church of the Nazarene with Rev. David Baker and Thomas Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery near Wickes. Pallbearers are Butch Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins, Leon McKlesky, Mike James, Joe Nichols, Jesse Jones, and Matthew Slaton.

Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online obituary at beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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