Minnie Lea Green (Minnielee or Minn to her family and friends), 81, of Benton, went to be with her heavenly father on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was born April 23, 1932, in Bruno, the only girl of three children, to her parents, Roy Ferdinand and Vera Myrtle Oglesby.
Minnie was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother (Nonnie) and homemaker. She was the first in her family to have graduated from high school and to have vocational training as a secretary. She met the love of her life, John Allen, while still in high school. She married him in June, 1950, making her a beautiful June bride. Through their partnership, and the blessings of the Lord, they were able to raise three children and achieve success in life.
She worked five years for the Arkansas Children's Colony in Alexander as an office secretary. In later years, she was also owner/manager of her own business, J and M Shoes, for over eight years. On her retirement from business, Minnie Lea's sole occupation was the love and care of her husband and family.
In 2004-05, Minnie Lea began her battle against breast cancer. She bravely endured chemotherapy, radiation and reconstructive surgery. She remained cancer-free until two years ago when her cancer recurred. Under the care of her oncologist, Dr. Thomas Sneed, Minnie Lea continued the fight until her death.
Minnie Lea was known for her beauty, both inside and out. She was also known for her graciousness to strangers and friends alike.
Minnie Lea was preceded in death by her mother and father: and one brother, William Jefferson Oglesby, who died as a newborn.
Left to honor and embrace her precious memory are her loving husband of 63 years, John Allen Green; her son, Richard Allen Green and wife Melissa of Jonesboro; her daughter, Jonna Lea West and husband Carl of Benton; and her son, John Allen Green Jr., also of Benton. Also surviving are her grandsons, Carl Aubrey West and wife Pam of Benton, John Mitchell West of Benton, and John Daniel Green of Jonesboro.
Other survivors are two brothers, Jim Oglesby and Le'roy Oglesby, both of Benton; nephews, nieces, in-laws, cousins and many other loving family members and friends.
Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Ashby Funeral Home with Brother Brandon Burks and Brother Jay Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Cemetery in Benton.
Pallbearers are Richard Allen Green, John Allen Green Jr., Carl Henry West, Carl Aubrey West (Bodiddle), John Mitchell West and John Daniel Green.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .