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Zelda Louise “Dusie” Liles

Zelda Louise “Dusie” Liles, age 103 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, in Mena.

Louise was born on September 9, 1913 in Pearland, Texas to the late Archie Bennett and Claricy Olin.  She was married to the late George W. Liles.  Louise rode the train all the way to California to marry George in October 1936.  George was born and raised in Cherry Hill, Arkansas, but traveled to California for work.  Louise and George lived in the Old Potter and Mena communities before moving to Fort Smith in 1976 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.  They enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and bowling in their younger years.  Besides being a wonderful cook, Louise enjoyed reading, quilting, and growing flowers.  Most of all she loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren.  She will be lovingly missed by all including extended family she kept up with.

She is survived by grandchildren, Johnna Bach of Little Rock, Arkansas, Stan Bach and wife Susan of Richardson, Texas, and J. Kris Bach of Little Rock, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, John-Paul, Caroline Louise, Sarah Kate, and Mary Claire Bach. Also numerous nieces and nephews including a special niece Cynde Bennett Hampton and husband Fred, of Mena and special friends and neighbors, Gloria and Gerald Roberts of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George W. Liles; her daughter, Tamyra Deborah Savely; brothers, Wallace “Bud” Bennett, Hubert “Gub” Bennett, Robert “Bob” Bennett; and sisters, Inez Lane, Gladys Liles and Matilda Herring.

Funeral service will be Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Kris Bach, Stan Bach, David Farmer, and Fred Hampton.


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