Rector Mourns Loss of Long-Time Local Educator Ethel Stafford

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Ethel Stafford

Long-time former Rector High School principal Ethel Landrus Stafford, of Paragould, Ark., died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Jonesboro, Ark. A graveside service has been scheduled for later in the spring in Rector.

Stafford spent 44 years as an educator, most of those in Rector, where she retired in the spring of 1988 as the high school principal. She was also very active in her community, and was recognized for her service by being named as Grand Marshal for the Rector Labor Day Picnic.

A native of the Alexander community in Greene County, she graduated from school there in 1944. Afterward, she took a teaching job in the Lakeside School east of Paragould, which has since become part of Greene County Tech. Stafford also spent time at Alexander and White Oak before taking a job teaching second grade at Marmaduke in 1949. She left for the Rector district in 1955, and spent the next 10 years teaching the sixth grade.

She was also active in church work while in Rector, as a member of the 5th and Pine Church of Christ, as well as with the Rector Women's Club and as a member of the Woodland Heights Cemetery board of directors. Stafford also filled her spare time in the service of others, serving meals at the community center and helping decorate the stage for the annual picnic, among other efforts.

Recently, she was a resident of Chateau on the Ridge.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, in the Woodland Heights Cemetery of Rector. Chris Petty, with the Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ of Paragould, will officiate. The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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