Ethel Landrus Stafford

Monday, March 26, 2018
Ethel Stafford

Ethel Landrus Stafford, of Paragould, passed away March 10, 2018 in Jonesboro. A graveside service will be held on May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector. Officiating will be Chris Petty from the Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ, in Paragould, where Ethel was a member.

As the youngest child of Willis Edmond Landrus and Jessie Pearl Evans, she had one brother, Jessie Landrus, and two sisters, Opal Nutt and Pauline Reddick all who preceded her in death. Survivors include nieces and nephews: Patty George, Dianne Adams, and Jessica Blume, Mack Reddick, Gary Nut and Tom Landrus, great nieces and nephews, great, great nieces and nephews, one great, great, great niece, Lilly, and one great, great, great nephew, Anthony whom she affectionately referred to as “that red headed boy.” Also surviving are many other relatives and friends.

Although she had no children of her own, she considered so many of her students, the children of her Chateau Family, and children of relatives and friends who often visited her at the Chateau, to be her “kids.” She especially enjoyed the ASU students who came there often as part of their training and spent time with the residents. Children have always been the light of her life and brought joy to her heart. Having taught in area schools during her 44 years in education, she spent most of those years in Rector, retiring as high school principal in 1988. Having a giving heart and a will to help others, Ethel participated in various ways to help the community. She was active in the Rector Women’s Club, Woodland Heights Cemetery Board, served as Grand Marshall for the Labor Day Parade, helped decorate the stage for the picnic and served meals at the Community Center. At the 5th and Pine Church of Christ where she attended services for many years, she also helped pack boxes with food and necessities for the service men and women who were deployed overseas which she greatly enjoyed. She went above and beyond to help her family through the years, spent hours singing to the kids from the old songbooks and teaching all of us the very best of manners. More special events…more special people in her life here on earth...far too many to list. It can truly be said that she was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Feel welcome to join us to honor her on May 18, and to share a good memory if you wish. For any desiring to donate in her name, please give to your local causes and charities and to things that you know she loved, and especially to help those in need as she often did.

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