Leola Rye Obituary

Leola Rye, age 84, of Hatton, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at her home. She was born on Tuesday, August 2, 1938 to Odis Lee Sanders and Haddie Louise Bismark Sanders in Wickes, Arkansas.


Leola graduated high school in Coolidge, Arizona with well known guitarist, Duane Eddy. After graduation she attended secretarial college and later attended Henderson and Arkansas Tech. Leola worked at the Lighthouse in Wickes and Alf's factory in Mena. Later, she became the secretary at the Wickes Elementary School for 26 years and was known as a human rolodex, having all the phone numbers to everyone in the school committed to memory. Leola served as Treasurer on the Finance Committee of the Wickes United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the church and always baked the bread for communion. She loved to garden, and was a talented seamstress and artist, making many of her and her children's clothes. Leola enjoyed baking and cooking for her church and family. She kept very active, watching her diet and had a rigorous exercise routine. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh. Everyone said she was the sweetest, most kind hearted woman they knew. Truly the epitome of a real lady. She was always taking care of everyone else, making sure her husband, kids, grandchildren, family and friends were loved and cared for. Leola was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Odis and Haddie Sanders; three brothers and sisters in law, Bert Sanders, Leroy and Alice Sanders, and Jerome and Linda Sanders.


Leola is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Weldon Rye Jr. of Hatton; one son and daughter in law, Weldon Rye III and Heather of Hatton; one daughter and son in law, Kelly and Mike Callahan of Hatfield; five grandchildren, Jonathon Rye, Max Rye, Matthew Callahan, Maggie Murphy, and Miles Callahan; eight great grandchildren; one sister in law, Ola Jean Sanders; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Wickes United Methodist Church in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Timothy Rye officiating. Interment will follow in the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. at the United Methodist Church prior to the funeral service.


In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Witherspoon Cemetery Account at the Union Bank in Wickes.


Pallbearers will be Weldon Rye Jr., Weldon Rye III, Jonathon Rye, Max Rye, Matthew Callahan, Mike Callahan, Greg Rye, and Ed Whitmore.


Honorary Pallbearers are TC Werst and Kenny Werst.


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