Flora Vaye Forrest Keener, age 93 of Russellville, AR, bid this old world goodbye on August 4, 2017. She was born to Floy Elizabeth Peeler and Foster G. Forrest, near Ola. She was the youngest of 9 children, and outlived all of them.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Earl; her brothers and their spouses, Jim and Mozell, Vermon and Mary, Charlie and Carl, Odell and Euda Mae, Arthur, Roy and Johnnie; her sisters and their spouses, Carl and Jewell Partin, Fay and Nelia Magness; precious nephews, Carl Mac Forrest, Troy Lee Forrest, Randell Forrest, Billy Magness, Timothy Potter, Travis Vaught and Steve Bryant; nieces, Mary Douthit and Vernell Bryant.
She married Earl Keener in 1945. They had a very interesting and happy life for 64 ½ years. They spent their life in Plainview, Hot Springs, Benton, and Russellville. They worked together at all times. If you saw one of them, you usually saw both. They loved making a garden and sharing with friends and family. They also enjoyed mowing and yard work. In fact, her mower and tiller were her favorite toys.
From the age of 14 until she graduated high school, she worked on Saturdays for Roy and Gladys Mathis in their store in Plainview. After graduation, she worked in the Ration Office in Danville from 1942 until 1946. Then she worked at First State Bank of Plainview for 9 years. She and Earl moved to Hot Springs and she worked for First National Bank in Hot Springs for 20 years. Flora then helped to start and open Grand National Bank in Hot Springs where she worked for 5 years. In 1977, she left the banking profession and worked for Safeway Store # 218 in Hot Springs until she retired in 1986.
She leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Mildred Cunningham of Plainview, and Mary Jo Jones and husband Charles of Spokane, WA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the Bakers Creek Baptist Church of Russellville and former member of the Nail Benders Group of Arkansas. She always worked in her various churches and really enjoyed it.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Plainview First Baptist Church. Bro. Brian Sligh and Bro. Roy Brooks will officiate. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery in Plainview, AR by Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 1-2:00 pm at the church prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be nephews Doug Forrest, Preston Forrest, Russell Forrest, Clint King, Justin Lancaster, and Jon Thomas.
Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Memorials may be made to Bakers Creek Baptist Church, 5572 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72802 or Plainview First Baptist Church, 3rd St, Plainview, AR 72857.
New Bethel Cemetery
AUG 8. 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Plainview