Mary Elizabeth Ballard Olson

Mary Elizabeth Ballard Olson, 91, of Traskwood went to meet her Lord on Nov. 1, 2013. She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Benton. She was of the Baptist faith. Mary was a volunteer for the Saline Hospital Auxiliary for more than 10 years. She was blessed with a good life, loved her family, and liked to “go and do.”
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Gaum "Doc" Ballard and Annie Jewel; her stepfather; William Asa Rigsby, her husbands, Francis Olson and the
father of her children, Clinton Burnett; five sisters and five brothers.
Mary is survived by a son, Ken Burnett; three daughters, Ann Dacus, Carolyn Bullock of Benton, Lynda Parker and husband Dan of Texas; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren; three brothers, R.A. Rigsby and wife Marcie of Lonsdale, Eldon Rigsby of Alabama, Melvin Rigsby of Hot Springs, a number of nieces and nephews, and her beloved pet dog; Holly.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at New Rosemont Cemetery.
Visitation is set from 5 to 7 p.m. today Nov. 12, at Smith Family Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St. in Benton. For information, call 501-778-7100.
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