Narene Emma Simpson

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Narene Simpson

Narene Emma Simpson was born January 29, 1923, in Pollard, Ark. She peacefully returned to God on March 9, 2016.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held graveside at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Piggott Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott.

Narene lived a long and rewarding life full of love, grace and happiness effortlessly giving joy to those around her. Being a farmer's daughter and wife and later a nurse at Piggott Community Hospital, she was no stranger to hard work. Her greatest pleasure in life was serving others.

After the death of her husband, J. B., Narene moved from Piggott, her home of 75 years, to Rogers, Ark. near her daughter, Carolyn Wilson. Upon Carolyn's death in 2008, she moved to Hurst, Tex. to be close to her daughter, Vicky Otterman. Each move left behind friends and loved ones, but Narene "bloomed where she was planted" and easily formed meaningful relationships.

A devoted Christian, Narene was a woman of deep faith. Christian love was evident in her everyday life; generosity, kindness, gentleness, and compassion were among her many attributes. When death was evident, she was a testimony of faith and hope in Jesus Christ and an inspiration to others.

Narene's parents, Lessie and Zell Forrest; husband, J. B. Simpson; a daughter, Carolyn Wilson; brother, Francis Forrest; and sister, Billie June Hon preceded her in death.

Survivors include her devoted daughter, Vicky Otterman and husband, Dale, of Hurst, Tex. She leaves grandchildren, Brice Pritchett and wife, Misty, of Burleson, Tex., Heath Wilson of Rogers, Ark. and Tonoa Whisel and husband, David, of Springdale, Ark. Narene also leaves great grandchildren, Braden and Jacob Pritchett and their mother, Michelle Haddox Pritchett, from Waco, Tex., Blake Becker, from Burleson, Tex. and Madison and David Whisel, from Rogers, Ark. In addition, she leaves a nephew, Kelly Stephens and wife, Sharon, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and his daughters, Brandi and Amber. Also mourning her passing are friends and extended family.