Rose Edna Clarke French
Rose Edna Clarke French, 93, of Mammoth Spring, passed away Monday, Nov. 2, at her home. She was born June 3, 1927 to Edmund Weaver and Mary Rosella Rudisaille Clarke in Hardy, Ark. She married Noel French, the love of her life, on Oct. 15, 1944, and they shared 38 years together before he passed on Nov. 24, 1982. Four children were born to this union.
Edna was a homemaker, well known as an excellent cook and a prize-winning seamstress. She made numerous prize-winning crocheted pieces including lace tablecloths, a lace bedspread, doilies, and afghans. She was an active member of Fulton County Extension Homemakers for many years. She also was known for her nurturing spirit, having served as a caregiver for several of her siblings and even one sister-in-law. She delighted in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She took special pleasure in being able to have 5-generation pictures with her 2x great grandchildren. A Christian for most of her adult life, she was a member of Mammoth Spring Church of Christ.
Edna was predeceased by her husband, her parents, seven brothers, and two sisters. Brothers included Byron, Charles, Ervin, Joe, Paul, Bill and Ronnie Clarke. Sisters were Rachel Clarke Johnson and Catherine Clarke Russell. She also is predeceased by one daughter-in-law Jewell Faye Wright French.
Survivors include one daughter Nola French (Leon) Christenberry of Jonesboro and three sons Charles Wayne French of Mammoth Spring, James Harris (Nancy) French of Evening Shade, and Lowell Dean (Susan) French of Paragould. Other survivors are grandchildren Carmen Christenberry (Tim) Ritter, Candis Christenberry (Jeff) Middlebrook, Curtis (Jodi) Christenberry, Donna French, Evan (Dianna) French, Andy (Laura) French, Chris (Tiffany) French, and Colton French and grandson-in-love Jerry Wayne French; great grandchildren Kent (Ashley) Chamberlain, Beth Chamberlain (Daryl Thomas), Jacob Ritter, Nathan Middlebrook, Nicholas Middlebrook, Riley Christenberry, Miley Christenberry, Cody Brindley, Hannah Brindley, Abby (Cody) Green, Melissa French, Makayla French, Brittany French; Kinlei French, Sawyer French and 2x great grandchildren Rachel Chamberlain, Elijah Chamberlain, Liam Chamberlain, Ross Green and Remington Green. She will be missed by a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are under direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer, Mo. Burial was at Saddle Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 7, with Barry Odell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Legacy Hospice, 314 Highway 62W, Salem, AR 72576; Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450; or Saddle Cemetery, 5203 Frenchtown Road, Mammoth Spring, AR 72554.