Mary Alice (Forbus) Crone

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Mary Alice (Forbus) Crone, 69, of Benton, passed away Monday, September 20th, in Paris, Ark., after an aggressive five month battle with cancer. She was born October 23, 1940, in Grenades Chapel, a small community near Ozark, Ark. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Ruby Forbus, a brother, Bob Forbus, and her husband, Dean Crone. Mary moved to Paris in 2009 after the death of her husband, Dean Crone, with whom she shared 45 precious years of marriage. She was a life-long Methodist, and was still a member of the Sardis United Methodist Church at the time of her death. Mary was a devoted homemaker and a world-class mother, sister, and grandmother. She loved her children dearly, but her grandchildren were the light of her life. Her departure leaves a huge void in the hearts of all who knew her. She was a wonderful cook and a gracious host at our family get-togethers and special Sunday dinners. Mary was a staunch Democrat and loved to work at election polls and political parties. She was an avid baseball fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and a supporter of the Razorback basketball and football teams. Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Lisa Adams and husband, Danny of Sardis, Karen Sanchez of Benton, and Beth Crone of Little Rock; two sons, Charles Crone and wife, Cindy of Little Rock and Randy Crone of New Orleans; five grandchildren, Andrew Crone, Tiffany Mosely, Jonathan Crone, Nick Sanchez, and Jackie Mosely, and one great-grandchild, Keelee Luker. She is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Wilkinson of Greenwood and Jackie Rayburn and husband, David of Paris and one brother, David Forbus and wife, Sue of Sardis. A service to celebrate Mary's life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Sardis United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Jones officiating under the direction of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047). Interment will follow at McPherson Cemetery in the Sardis Community. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be her nephews, Norman Wilkinson, Stanhope Wilkinson, Ed Wilkinson, Eddie Cole, David Crone, and John Forbus. Honorary pallbearers will be John Sanchez, Keith Willson, and David Rayburn. Memorials may be made to the Area Agency of Aging, Hospice Division, 333 South First St., Paris, Ark. 72855 or to the charity of your choice. Online guestbook

Published September 22, 2010

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