Anita Marie (Howell) Parsons, 81, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at Lawrence Hall Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born May 17, 1939, at Egypt, to the late Claude and Anna Jewell Howell. Marie loved art and enjoyed creating beautiful oil and acrylic paintings.

Left to cherish her memory are son, Samuel Parsons, of Portia; daughters, Shelly Tillman of Walnut Ridge, and Karen Greening and spouse Ken of Merriam Woods, Mo.; grandchildren, Sonija Curley, Stephanie Woodard, and spouse Jody, Tony Tillman, Stacey Ritch and spouse Sharon Tohline, and James Ritch and spouse Courtney; great-grandchildren, Gavin Hill, Athena Curley, Kayla Woodard, Preston Woodard, Julie Woodard and Olivia Ritch; brother, Charles Howell; and sisters, Fern Colburn, Vonnie Graves, Martha Thetford and spouse Ezra, and Denise Fisher and spouse Billy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Anna; and sister, Janette Baugh.

A graveside service for Marie will be held Sept. 3 at noon at Markham Cemetery with Tim Campbell officiating.

Visitation will be held prior at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home, 1900 West Washington Avenue in Jonesboro from 10-11 a.m.

Because of Marie’s love of art, the family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Walnut Ridge High School Art Department to honor her memory. In this way, her legacy will be carried on to inspire others that have a passion for the field of art. You may reach the school at 508 East Free Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476, or by phone, (870) 886-6623.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance while observing social distancing guidelines. All attendees must furnish and wear their own masks before entering the building.

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