Artie Elizabeth Straughn, 93, of Monticello passed away on January 30, 2014.
Mrs. Straughn, or “Miss Artie” as she liked to be called, was small in stature, but had a big heart filled with abundant love for her family, friends and everyone she met. Her love and devotion to God and her church were unconditional.
She experienced a multitude of extreme difficulties throughout her life, including the loss of her husband in World War II, loss of her only child and many serious health problems. Yet, she maintained an inner spirit and determination to show love, help others, and touch everyone’s life in a positive way. She will be deeply missed by heavy hearts that are consoled by knowing she is now in a better place.
Mrs. Straughn was born in Drew County on December 6 1920 and was the daughter of the late Marion and Rena Murphy.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fay L. Straughn and son, Olieth.
She is survived by four grandsons Marty (Robin), Billy (Nancy), Randy (Phyllis) and Dennis (Diane); four sisters, Wynona Turner of Pioneer, La., Beth (Larry) Glover of Maumelle, Bobbie (Lester) Jeffers of Mississippi and Judy Hewitt of Monticello; two brothers, Jack Murphy of Little Rock and Wendell (Becky) Murphy of Louisville, Ky.; nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be held February 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial will be at Lone Sassafras Cemetery in Drew County.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church at 413 N. Main in Monticello and Lone Sassafras Cemetery c/o Clarence Wells at 931 Lone Sassafras Road, Monticello, AR. 71655