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Helen L. Ainsworth
July 18, 1931 - September 17, 2008

Mrs. Helen Louise Ainsworth was born on Saturday, July 18, 1931, daughter of the late A.G and Gladys Smith Murphy. Mrs. Ainsworth died Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008, at the family residence in Trumann, Ark., at the age of 77 years 1 month and 30 days. Born in Bay, Ark., she had lived most of her lifetime in the Trumann area. She was the most kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt that this world has ever known. She retired from ADT and quickly found work at Parks Flowers and in housekeeping to keep her busy. She loved to garden and always kept a well-manicured lawn full of beautiful flowers. Mrs. Ainsworth was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she tended to the floral arrangements, opened the church for worship services, and was the staff housekeeper. Mrs. Ainsworth was preceded in death by her husband, Billy C. Ainsworth Sr., in 1991, one granddaughter, Whitney Paige Kemp, one sister, two brothers and her parents. Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Penna and LaNiece Williams both of Trumann, one son, Billy C. Ainsworth Jr., of Trumann, two sisters, Mary Edith Sims and Lavern Lairson both of Trumann; two brothers, C.M. Murphy and Jerry Murphy both of Trumann; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday afternoon September 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Trumann with Rev. Charles Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, Ark., under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann. Active pallbearers will be Matt Valentine, Roy Wilson, Jonathan Schmidt, Jordan Heavener, Jerry Ferguson, Jordan Hudson, Kenny Thompson and Josh Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Cook, Derrick Fletcher and Brent Maurizi. Visitation will be Thursday evening September 18, 2008 from 5 to 7 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home and Friday September 19, 2008 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Trumann, AR. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Trumann. Online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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  1. Kelly Stewart, Cullman, AL says

    LaNiece, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. My thoughts are with you. Kelly Henry Stewart

  2. Laura Baker, Mobile, AL says

    Wanda, LaNiece and family,I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. What a precious woman she was and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.....Sincerely, Laura Baker

  3. Missy Turner Price, Trumann, AR says

    Wanda,I was so sorry to about the loss of your mother. I have so many fond memories of coming over to your house while we were in high school and talking to your mother. She was one of the kindest and sweetest women I have ever had the honor to know. Please know that you are in mine and my mother's prayers. We love you always.Missy Turner Price & Patsy Turner

  4. Nichole (Williams) Smith, Trumann, AR says

    I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was a great woman and was truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met. If you guys, need anything let me know. You will all be in my prayers.

  5. Loretta Craig, Jonesboro,Ar says

    We Are so sorry to hear of the loss of Helen, she will be missed by all of us who knew her, our thoughts and prayers will be will all of you in this time of sorrow,Beulah TurnerLoretta, Joan, Johnnie

  6. Larry Hampton, Jonesboro, AR says

    Bill, may you and your family find comfort during this time of sorrow.

  7. Linda Humphrey Wyman, Dora, Alabama says

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Murphy families. As a child, my parents, Matthew and Carrie Humphrey were friends with Helen and her entire family. I remember them well from the Long's Chapel community.

  8. Heather Sheppard, Trumann, Arkansas says

    Autumn I'm really sorry to hear about your grandmother!! If you need anything at all just let me know!! Love you Always Heather Sheppard

  9. wanda hendrix, evening shade, ar 72532 says

    Wanda , LaNiece , Billy and all of the family.my prayers are with all of you.Love Wanda Hendrix

  10. Sherry Wright Pfeifer, Ozark, AR 72949 says

    You are in my prayers.

  11. Gage Kelso, Bella Vista, Arkansas says

    Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers. Granny, I'm sorry for your loss. Love, Gage

  12. Glenda Brown, Pocahontas Ar says

    Wanda, I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss....my prayers are with your familyGlenda

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