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Minnie J. Easter

June 27, 2014

Minnie J. Easter, 98, was embraced in her Heavenly Saviour’s arms on June 25, 2014.
She was born in Saline County to Martin and Rena Neighbors on July 6, 1915.  Minnie started work at the age of 12.  Her first job was at the Owasso plant in Benton, where she made potato crates for 25 cents an hour.
She has donated items to the Gann Museum.  She worked at all of the furniture factories in Benton until she retired from Arkansas Face Veneer. 
After retirement, she went to work as a housekeeper for Phillip and Cissy Brown until the age of 85, when she stopped working due to health reasons.
Minnie was known for her pride in gardening; she raised the prettiest flowers and vegetable gardens.  She loved to sew aprons and bonnets and made beautiful quilts that won ribbons at the Saline County Fair.  She and Dr. Sam Taggart shared a love for the history of Saline County.  Dr. Taggart placed a picture of her in his office which was taken in 1941.
Minnie was a member of the Highway Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Andy and Eddie Neighbors; two sisters, Ruby Neighbors and Virginia Hines; a niece, Barbara Johnson and husband Shelby;  and a half-sister, Lula Snodgrass.
Minnie is survived by her brother-in-law, Clarence Hines, and a niece, Betty Rasberry-Rex (husband deceased), both of Benton; four great-nieces, Patty Gaylor (Corky) of Benton, Lu Vaughan (Doug) of Scranton, Karen Hughes (Gary) of Alexander, and April Watts (Danny) of Benton; two great-nephews, Glen Johnson (Brenda) of Alexander, and Timmy Rasberry (Gina) of Little Rock; 12 great-great-nieces and nephews; and 10 great-great-great-nieces and nephews.
Minnie touched the lives of so many.  She will truly be missed by family and friends.
A graveside service will be held at the Pinecrest Memorial Park gazebo at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, officiated by Brother A. J. Stracener.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 27, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047).
The family of Minnie Easter is greatly appreciative to the caring nurses and aides of Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House.  We ask that you would make a contribution to them in honor of Minnie.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.

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