Dola Malesia Patten Head, age 98, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Mena.

She was born October 11, 1919 in Bolivar, Missouri to the late Zenith Patten and the late Susie Isabel Perdue Patten. She was united in marriage on May 19, 1937 in Waldron, Arkansas to the late Mayo William Head. She worked for the Renova Shirt Factory, was a poultry grower and owned and operated Dola’s Hair Stylon. She was an accomplished musician and skilled artist. Dola was a charter member of the local Southwest Artist which is now Mena Art Gallery. She loved doing needlework, especially crocheting and quilting. She loved cooking for her family. Above all, she was a devout Christian. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors are son: Shelby Head and wife Mary Alice of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Missy Teaford and husband John of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Chris Head of Mena, Arkansas, Kelly Head and husband Darrell Mos of Mena, Arkansas

Sister: Della Davis of Mena, Arkansas

5 Great Grandchildren

Sister-in-law: Shirley Patten of Medon, Tennessee 

Many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Curtis Patten, and her sister Verna Cunningham.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Old Dallas Cemetery with Brother Phillip Hatley officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be general.

A special thank you to Rich Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation for being friends and becoming family of Grandma DoDo.

Online obituary at


7-22-18 6:08 p.m. 

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