Elsie June spent most of her 95 years in the Waldron and Mansfield area. She lived at Lake Spur for the last 40 years. She has worked most of her life serving others. She was a very talented waitress and cook. Many days you would find Elsie taking care of people, driving people to appointments, cooking food, cleaning houses, cleaning the church, and making people smile. For many years Elsie served at the Mansfield Senior Citizen Center at City Hall. She helped anywhere it was needed whether in the kitchen or cleaning up the place when the meals were over. In the new senior center she sat at the desk as the Seniors arrived and signed the register and collected the money.
She was handy with anything and did all she could to make the seniors feel welcomed by all. She loved playing card games and dominoes. She especially loved winning. Helping others was her goal in life and she lived it to the fullest. She will be sorely missed in the community. She was very proud to be a great-great-great-Aunt! Elsie was a christian and a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter Mary Ruth Barnes of Newport News, Virgina, one sister Linda Brown of Lake Spur, one brother Colin Slate of Booneville, five grandchildren: Robert Ford Jr. of Virginia, Charlotte Ford and Saritta Ford both of Louisiana, Dennis Daniels and David Daniels of Virginia. Two Step grandchildren James Morgan of Waldron, Arkansas, and Leona Morgan of Missouri. Eight nieces and nine nephews. Many great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Eunice Slate, her husband Roy Allen, sisters Rachel Dorrough, Ina Belle Hurt, Bertha Burrows, and Betty Dodd, and her only son Robert “Bobby” Ford.
Visitation will be Tuesday March 21, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. Tuesday March 21, 2023 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Coop Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Mansfield, AR.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the Rock Creek Baptist Church.