Lou Ann Kingston

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

Lou Ann Kingston, went home to Je­sus on Thurs­day, Dec. 12, at age 81.

She was born Oct. 13, 1938, in Hal­l­i­day, Arkansas. Her mother, Geneva Noel Kingston, died four days later. Lou

Ann lived with her grand­fa­ther and grand­mother, Cull and Vir­ginia (Jen) Noel; her, un­cle Purvis and aunt Marie Noel; and her first cousins, Scot­tie and Judy Noel, in their home at­tached to the Noel Gro­cery Store in Hal­l­i­day, pop­u­la­tion of 100. She lived the first 47 years of her life in Hal­l­i­day.

At age 10, Lou Ann was in­jured in a school bus wreck and was not ex­pected to live due to a trau­matic brain in­jury. She was rushed to Mem­phis and un­der­went emer­gency brain surgery by a vis­it­ing New York brain spe­cial­ist. She was in a comma for three months. Four gen­er­a­tions of Lou Ann’s fam­ily have raised her, taken care of her needs and wants and loved her.

1st gen­er­a­tion: grand­mother and grand­fa­ther, Jen and Cull Noel 2nd gen­er­a­tion: aunt and un­cle, Marie and Purvis Noel 3rd gen­er­a­tion: first cousin and her hus­band, Scot­tie and Leroy Stevens

4th gen­er­a­tion: sec­ond cousin and her hus­band, Su­san and John Wil­son

Lou Ann’s com­mu­nity and church were also a huge part of her life.

Purvis, Marie and Lou Ann moved to Ben­ton in 1985. That same year, Lou Ann be­gan at­tend­ing the Civ­i­tan School, a school for de­vel­op­men­tally dis­ad­van­taged preschool and adult stu­dents. Shortly af­ter, she moved into the Civ­i­tan Group Home where she en­joyed an ac­tive so­cial life. She par­tic­i­pated in Spe­cial Olympics for many years. Civ­i­tan Ser­vices was such a bless­ing for Lou Ann.

Lou Ann moved to Arkansas Health Cen­ter in 2018. She re­ceived ex­cel­lent care from Dr. Hill and the Wil­low Court staff. Lou Ann felt loved.

She was known for her sense of hu­mor and singing what she called “old, old songs” (gospel hymns). Lou Ann loved to sing the hymns she learned as a child grow­ing up. She was a life­long mem­ber of New Lib­erty Bap­tist Church and graduate of Marmaduke High School.

When­ever she saw some­one she did not know, her stan­dard greet­ing was, “Hello, my name is Lou Ann Kingston, and I was in a bus wreck when I was 10 years old. What is your name?” She had a very out­go­ing per­son­al­ity.

Lou Ann was pre­ceded in death by Scot­tie and Leroy Stevens, of Ben­ton, Geneva Noel Kingston, Purvis and Marie Noel, Scott and Opal Noel and Cull and Jen Noel of Hal­l­i­day.

Lou Ann is sur­vived by her cousins, the Pilzs, Judy and Jen­nifer, of Columbia, Mis­souri, John, of Lick­ing, Mis­souri, Chris, of Way­nesville, Mis­souri, and Kerry, of Boonville, Mis­souri, and her cousins, the Wil­sons, Su­san, of Ben­ton, Aaron, of Cary, North Carolina, and Christie and Julie of Ben­ton.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 18, at Roller-bal­lard Funeral Home, fol­lowed by a funeral ser­vice be­gin­ning at 2 p.m.

On Thurs­day, Dec. 19, at Mitchell Funeral Home, lo­cated at 2307 W. King­shigh­way in Paragould, vis­i­ta­tion will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. with in­ter­ment to fol­low at New Friend­ship Ceme­tery, lo­cated at 421 Greene 519 Rd. in Paragould.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­sider mak­ing do­na­tions to Civ­i­tan Ser­vices, P.O. Box 368, Ben­ton, AR 72018.

Online guest book: www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes.com\bal­lard. Fam­ily Com­ments: Lou Ann will be missed dearly. Ev­ery­one en­joyed her singing, which she loved. She was a bless­ing to many.



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