Esther Marie McDougall

Monday, June 1, 2020
Esther Marie McDougall

Esther Marie McDougall, 77, of Piggott, Ark., fell asleep in death on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jonesboro, Ark. She was born in Portland, Maine, in December of 1942, the daughter of the late Linwood and Anita (Labrasseur) Knowles.

Years ago at a sock hop a handsome sailor spotted Esther across the room. He was 18 and she was 17, and it was love at first sight. The next day he took her on their first date to the Portland Head Light Lighthouse, and the rest was history. A year later in Bingham, Maine, Esther married her sailor, best friend and soulmate, Reginald McDougall.

Esther was a devoted wife and mother. Through the years Reginald would sing to her as he planted and maintained beautiful flowers and shrubs in their yard for her pleasure. Esther loved eating fresh Maine lobster. She loved nature, enjoyed travel and appreciated the beauty of creation in Hawaii, Florida, Colorado, Connecticut and the Bahamas and many other places throughout the U.S.

Esther's primary calling in life was her dedication to Jehovah. She was passionate about talking to people to help them understand the Bible. Esther was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in Yankee Stadium in July of 1971, and served Jehovah faithfully for over 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Linwood and Anita (Labrasseur) Knowles; two sons, Gary McDougall and Timothy McDougall; a daughter-in-law, Cindy McDougall; and her only brother, Linwood Knowles, Jr.

Esther leaves behind the love of her life and husband of 59 years, Reginald McDougall of Piggott, Ark.; one son, David (Emma) McDougall of Little Rock, Ark.; one daughter-in-law, Rhonda Panasenko of Bismarck, Ark.; five grandchildren, David McDougall of Collinsville, Conn., Chelsea Thomas of Bismarck, Ark., Bristol McDougall, Parker McDougall and Ella McDougall, all of Little Rock, Ark.; one great-grandchild, Lillie Thomas; and many special friends.

Family and friends took part in a Zoom Memorial Service on Saturday, May 30.

Tri-City LLC Crematory Funeral Home was honored with the privilege to serve the McDougall family. Online condolences may be shared at