Melba "Jeanne" Abee Wren

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Melba "Jeanne" Abee Wren, 90, of Conway passed away, peacefully at home, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born Sept. 10, 1924 in Portia, Ark., to the late Rev. Walton "Walter" Alexander Abee and Bessie Hope "Helen" Booth Abee. Jeanne was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. She leaves a legacy of strong faith and love for The Lord. She graduated from Hardy High School. Later, as a stay-at-home mother, she earned her bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from UALR in three years, and her Master's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas. Jeanne taught, and was the head of the Math department, at Little Rock Central High School. She also taught at Pulaski Academy and at UALR. She served as a math book consultant. Jeanne taught and served the public as an educator and retired after 30 years of service. Jeanne enjoyed traveling and had a love for music. She was a self taught pianist and organist. She loved to dance, entertain and was a great storyteller. She had a natural talent as an artist. She loved the sport of golf and played until she was 80 years of age. Jeanne also loved the Spring River and held many childhood memories from visiting there. She was a skilled cook. She loved cooking for her family and friends and teaching them her recipes. She and her neighborhood friends, the Hilltop Gang, held happy hour every afternoon at her home in Walton Heights. Jeanne was loved and respected by her family, friends, and her many students. Those who loved her most called her "Mimi". Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Willard Donald "Don" Wren, who was the love of her life. She is survived by one son, D.Greg Wren (Pam) of Conway; three grandchildren, Amber Vicory (Mike) of Alexandria, Va., Ashlie Wills (Eric) of Fayetteville, Ark., and Ali Blanchette (Richard) of Beaufort, S.C.; four great-grandchildren, Anna Catherine Vicory, Walker and Wren Elizabeth Wills, and Beckett Blanchette. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Conway with Rev. Michael Roberts officiating. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service, in the Fellowship Hall. Internment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock. Serving as Pallbearers will be Eric Wills, Mike Vicory, Richard Blanchette, Vince Wren, Chris Wren, Dan Wren, and Keith Wren. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Bailey, Cliff McBryde, Tommy Hollowell, Bob Bell, Randy Crowell, Richard Porter, and Michael Hendricks. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Conway, 1601 Prince St, Conway, Ark. 72034 (501) 329-3801. Online guestbook:

Published November 28, 2014