Eddie Marie Gentry, age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 30th, 2018, at her home in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She was born September 9th, 1935, in Potter, AR, to Arthur and Edna Lee (Smith) Sharp. She attended school in Alder Springs, Arkansas.
Growing up as the oldest of 6 siblings, and being the only daughter, Marie learned responsibility and developed a strong work ethic at an early age. As a result, she was adamant that her children carry forward these same traits. As a young adult, Marie joined the Weingarten Brothers Grocery Co., where she ultimately retired after a long career in management.
In 1980, Marie married her late husband Foye L. Gentry in Houston, Texas. Together they fulfilled their life long dreams of owning a farm in upstate New York, and later retiring in Mena, Arkansas, and raising cattle.
Having never met a stranger, Marie could strike up a conversation with anyone who would listen, and the two would soon be laughing over trivial topics. And, quickly many would discover she loved to read, and had an even larger passion of collecting books. It didn’t matter the topic, but cooking, gardening, medicine and real estate tended to be her top picks. She was also a smart shopper, always looking for a deal. She found great pleasure in the hunt.
Marie was survived by daughters: Colleen Strother and husband Eddie of Mena, Arkansas, and Sheri Bonds and husband Johnny of Mt. Ida, Arkansas
Sons: Daniel Irwin of Splendora, Texas, Jerry Ritchel of Altamont, Illinois, Mark Ritchel and wife Laurie of Beaumont, Texas, and Dan Ritchel and husband Derrick of Houston, Texas.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, and her husbands Bobby Corder, Daniel C. Ritchel Sr., and Foye Gentry, as well as her brothers Jack Sharp, Arthur Lee Sharp, and Ronnie Sharp, and her daughter Rhonda Kay Ritchel.
She will be dearly missed by her children, as well by her brothers Wayne & wife Betty Sharp, and Johnny Sharp, and her loving grandchildren, Stacy, Tim, Kristopher, JR, Kayla, Deseray, Hayley, Danielle-Abigail, and Alexis.
Services will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:00A.M. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Stacy Strother officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas, under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Cordell Ritchel, Dillon Ritchel, Brock Strother, Blake Strother, Tim Strother, and JR Ritchel.
A special thank you to the Montgomery County Nursing Home over the past few years, for being friends and becoming family with our mother, Grandma Marie.
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
8-1-18 2:54 p.m. kawx.org