Mary Jean McNamee, 92, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Mrs. McNamee was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Itawamba, Miss., and was the daughter of William Hale and Clara Bostick Hale. She lived in Forrest City most all of her life. She was a past member of the B.P.&W. of Forrest City, and was a member of the First Baptist Church for 70 years.

Mrs. McNamee was retired from the First National Bank of Eastern Arkansas, where she worked from 1965 till 2004. When asked which bank, she would always answer, there is only one bank.

She was known for her many talents as she was an avid oil painter, baker of wedding cakes and made beautiful quilts. She would stay up late baking pound cake favorites and petitfors for friends and families. She loved shopping and always liked a good garage sale. She cruised and traveled from Hawaii to St. Thomas Island, from Washington State to Washington, D.C. She loved flowers and had a thumb for growing plants. She loved her yard and the outside. She was never an idle lady. She was a great person who exemplified her faith, loved family and had a giving heart. She treasured her many friends and loved people. She loved people and always loved to smile.

Mrs. McNamee married Pat McNamee in 1949 in Oneida. He preceded her in death in 2015. They moved to Forrest City in 1950 and were married for 66 years.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy Belcher and husband Terry, of Walnut Ridge; and one brother, Leon Hale of Benton. She was grandmother to Gwen Mullen, and daughter Meg, of Walnut Ridge, Mary Lynn Mullen of Washington, D.C., Jason Belcher and wife Melissa, and children, Nolan and Stryker, all of Jonesboro, and Dr. Ryan Belcher of Nashville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by one son, William Patrick “Bill” McNamee, in 2013; two sisters, Aubrey and Maxine; and two brothers, Fred and Earl.

The family would like to thank all the Woodlawn Care Givers for the love and care that they gave and also the St. Francis Assisted Living, where she was given so much attention and had so much fun. They treated her like family.

Services for Mrs. McNamee will be held today, Feb. 10, at First Baptist Church in Forrest City at 11 a.m. Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley, Miss. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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