Mary Virginia Cox Howell Menser

Monday, March 12, 2018
Mary Menser

Mary Virginia Cox Howell Menser, 93, of Piggott, Ark., passed away March 9, 2018, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Piggott.

She was born June 16, 1925, to Ella Elizabeth Moore Cox and James Everett Cox.

Virginia was a very special lady who touched the lives of many with her abilities to craft, crochet, knit and garden. Virginia was a housekeeper at the Piggott Hospital from 1962 to 1973, and a member of the First General Baptist Church of Piggott.

Virginia was united in marriage to G.W. Howell Aug. 8, 1943, and to this union six children were born, Patricia Howell Burr, Eddie Howell, Janet Howell Cowgur, all of Piggott, Jerry Howell of Pollard, Ark. and Alan Howell of Campbell, Mo. She was grandmother of 14 and great-grandmother to 16.

She was preceded in death in death by one son. Richard Allen Howell; two grandchildren, David Burr and Melissa Burr Loughary, and two great-grandchildren, Shawn Matthew Burr and Michael Ryan Burr.

Virginia was united in marriage to Andrew Merrell Menser Sept. 4, 1982, and he preceded her in death in 1996. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Narene Cox Featherston and four brothers, Floyd Cox, Loyd Cox, Willard Cox and Charles Cox.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Teryl Almond officiating. Burial was in Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Ark. Pallbearers were Blaine Howell, Monty Howell, Daniel Burr, Larry Burr, Ronnie Burr, G.W. Howell, Mitchell Howell and Shane Burr. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements. Visitation was held Sunday, from noon until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the First General Baptist Church of Piggott Food Bank or the Alzheimer’s Association.