Margie Ruth Alston age 82, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born in Hodgens, Oklahoma on August 29, 1935, to the late Clarence David Dowell and the late Cleo Elizabeth Keith Dowell. Margie was married to Fred Alston for forty-one years, sharing a long life of family and love until his passing in July 2016. She enjoyed crocheting, taking walks outdoors with her dog, “Baby” and loving on her cat, “Gracie”. She was an avid sports fan of the NBA Basketball and the Razorbacks. Margie was an active member of the Concord Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking for her family. Above all she loved God, family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Margie was a loving and thoughtful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all.

She is survived by sons: Danny Hurst and wife Kim of Mena, Arkansas, and Claude Lucas “Luke” Alston and wife Deedee of Mena, Arkansas


Daughters Carolyn Tanner and husband Al of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Debbie Dilbeck and husband Larry of Knob Noster, Missouri

Grandchildren: Joe Willie Kirk, Jeff Hurst, Wes Hurst, Chandra Henderson, Jim Ed Hurst, Amber Judd, Adam Hurst, Cody Dilbeck, Mark Hurst, Tyler Hurst, Austin Hurst, Alex Hurst, Ryan Ozanich and Drey Ozanich

Brother: John Dowell of Durant, Oklahoma

Sisters: Ople Walker of Joplin, Missouri, and Nila Davis of Hodgens, Oklahoma

Twenty-four great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Alston, parents Clarence and Cleo Dowell, sister Helen Bowman, father-in-law and mother-in-law Gilbert and Jewell Alston, and sister-in-law Janet Corcoran and a son Eddie Lee Hurst.


Funeral service will be Monday, June 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church with Brother Bernard Rusert and Brother Jerry Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Price, Seth Guinn, Rick Cole, James Gentry, Nick Pate and Mark Cannon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Her Grandsons.

Visitation will be general. 


6-15-18 4:34 p.m. 


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