Frances Elizabeth Toney

Frances Elizabeth Toney

Frances Elizabeth (Betty Fran Berry) Toney, 83, of Hot Springs Village, formerly of Warren and Crossett, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 27, 2013.

She was born on September 17, 1930 in Warren and was the daughter of Walter and Olive Berry. They later moved to Crossett where she was a graduate of Crossett High School, Class of 1948.

While in high school, “Betty Fran” played a coronet in the band and was a drum majorette. She was “Miss Crossett” in 1947 and married her high school sweetheart, Henry Clay Toney, Sr. on December 27, 1947.

In 1953, they and their three children moved to Toledo, Ohio.

Later, Mrs. Toney graduated from the College of Education at the University of Toledo in 1964. She then spent nearly 30 years teaching second grade at Whittier Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio. She loved the children she worked with and was well loved in return. She was especially good at managing and endearing children with social issues.

Mrs. Toney is remembered by her family and friends as being fun-loving and playful, spiritual, insightful, honest, hard-working, trustworthy, loyal, generous, kind and gracious. She loved travel, Bridge, puzzles, music, soap operas, and golf. She and her husband retired to Lake Lure, NC, and then to Hot Springs Village, AR.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Olive Myrtle (Grasby) Berry and her father Walter Thomas Berry.

Survivors include, Henry Clay Toney, Sr., her husband of nearly 66 years, her children, Patricia C. Myers, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Henry Clay (Victoria) Toney, Jr., of Ozone, Ark. and Elizabeth (Paul) Kaseman, of Tecumseh, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; and her brother, Thomas Harold (Betty) Berry of Saginaw, Texas, and his family.

Funeral services will be held November 30 at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Toby Austin officiating. Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. (

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 the funeral home prior to the funeral service.