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Patsy Ruth Heavener Hendricks

Patsy Ruth Heavener Hendricks passed away August 3, 2015, in the Rich Mountain Nursing Home, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born July 11, 1928, in Mansfield, Arkansas, and was the daughter of the late Dora Ann Morgan Heavener and Samuel Heavener.

After she graduated from Mansfield High School, she moved to Mena, where she worked and eventually met Ray Hendricks while he was home on military leave. They were married in Fort Lee, Virginia, where he was stationed in the United States Army.

They had two children: Deborah Hendricks Pierce, of Elkton, Maryland, and Jimmy Darrell Hendricks, of Mena, Arkansas. There is one grandchild, Sara Pierce, and three great grandchildren, Coleman Janusz, Jackson Janusz, and Addison Janusz, all of Elkton, Maryland.

Pat was the youngest of five siblings: Glen Heavener, Libby Heavener Perkins, Carl Heavener, and Ralph Heavener, all of whom preceded her in death. Her husband preceded her in death, April 19, 2007, after almost fifty eight years of marriage.

Pat worked at Renova Shirt Company, Carver Gas Company, U.S. Electrical Motors, and retired from Arkansas Employment Security Division. She was happiest when she was working in her garden, her flowers, and walking in the woods. She was a wonderful cook, and an excellent seamstress. She loved classical music and had a beautiful voice. Pat played several instruments “by ear.” She was strong willed and could always find a solution when it seemed there would be no way to accomplish a task.

Pat was faithful attending church and always helped with the preparation and serving of meals. She had a giving heart and always tried to help provide for anyone in need. She was a good mother who taught us so much about life skills. She was a beautiful lady, just like the flowers she loved so much.

Her funeral will be Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Interment will be at Liberty Cemetery, near Board Camp, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Arkansas Baptist Children’s  Home, directed to The Ranch, at 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204.

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