Glenda LaRue Renfro Hastey

August 6, 2020


Glenda LaRue Renfro Hastey passed from this life on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. She was married to Kenneth Earl Hastey for 57 years before his passing in 2018.

Glenda was born October 7, 1938 in Littlefield, Texas to Norman Thomas Renfro and Pauline Juanita Tyler Renfro. She grew up in Littlefield and worked alongside her family at Renfro Grocery. Her father and uncle were the owners, and were also twins. She had lots of funny stories involving them and their antics. She was a member of First Baptist of Littlefield and always had a heart for missions, as evidenced by her early involvement in Girls in Action.

She graduated Littlefield High School in 1957 and married Kenneth Earl Hastey on April 15, 1960. They and their two sons moved to Mena in 1971 for Kenneth's job with SWEPCO. Glenda enjoyed being a wife and homemaker for many years.

When her youngest son, Keith was in college, she attended Henderson State University, completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. She taught art for a time at Rich Mountain Community College. In her spare time, she enjoyed working on art projects in her backyard art studio. She particularly enjoyed working on pieces where her grandchildren were the subjects.

Glenda loved the Lord and was active in First Baptist Church of Mena for over 40 years serving as Sunday School teacher for the hearing impaired and interpreted the worship service as well as the message. She was thrilled to serve on a mission trip to Romania, falling in love with the people there, and later she and Kenneth served the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She also interpreted in the Hatfield school system for the hearing-impaired student and served as an advocate for that student.

Glenda was a prayer warrior and if she said she would pray for you, she would. She baked cakes, made meals, sat with hurting people, and lived out the spiritual gifts of serving, teaching, giving, and mercy. She loved and supported her daughters-in-law as if they were her own. To have known her was to be blessed.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters-in-law, Doris Hastey Vick, Jean Brown Hastey, Patricia Ann South Renfro; her brothers-in-law, Doyle Hastey, J.D. Vick and Lawrence Evins.

She is survived by children, Kenneth DeWayne Hastey and wife, Doris Shields Hastey of Mena and Keith Darren Hastey and wife, Alicia Baber Hastey of Mena, her brother, Colonel Paul Renfro of San Antonio, Texas, sister-in-law, Imogene Hastey Evins Meriott of Wamego, Kansas; her grandchildren. Kalen Hastey of Fayetteville, Brooke Hastey, Liam Hastey, and Kaielor Hastey all of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside services will be held Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating. No visitation planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

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