Brenda Joyce Cecil age 67 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, November 4, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Brenda was born on January 7, 1952 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Jesse Curtis Eldridge and the late Minta Joyce Morris Eldridge. She was a local business owner. Brenda was a member of the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church where she played the piano for many years. Brenda enjoyed playing cards, quilting and going to the beach with family and friends. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Above all she loved God and her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. Brenda will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by son: Kevin Yahn and wife Shawnee of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Daughter: Tresa Craig and husband Tony of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Aarika Cox and husband Chris, Katelynn Davis and husband Joey, Austin Yahn, Clarance Yahn and wife Katelyn, Brandon Craig and wife Callie, and Greg Craig and wife Hannah

Great-grandchildren: Jayden Cox, Avery Cox, Taylor Cox, and Adelaide Davis

Brother: Jay Eldridge of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Clarance Yahn, her second husband Don Cecil, brothers Victor Eldridge, and Jesse Eldridge.

Funeral service will be Friday, November 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church in Mena with Brother Jack Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Gilead cemetery under the direction of the Beasley -Wood funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Craig, Greg Craig, Austin Yahn, Clarance Yahn, Joey Davis, Chris Cox, Duane Ezell and Tim Rodgers.

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11-5-19 4:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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