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5509 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, AR
Leta Emison Nolen
Published: March 31, 2017
LETA EMISON NOLEN, went to be with her Lord on March 28, 2017, after living a faithful life of 112 years. She was born February 17, 1905 in Vilonia, Ark., (Faulkner County) to William Franklin and Laura Ann Wright Emison.
Predeceased by her parents; her husband, James Frederick Nolen; and siblings, Floyd, Esther, Lottie, Forrest, and Mary Katy. Also predeceased by great-nephew, Eddie Emison, and other nephews, nieces, and cousins. Survived by great-nephews, Larry, Ben, and Dan Emison; great-niece, Shelby Jean Anderson; cousin, Bob Wright; and many generations of other relatives.
Leta belonged to First United Methodist Church, North Little Rock, Ark. Many members of the church and her Sunday School Class visited her at the nursing home and especially for her many birthday parties. She was a very independent woman and lived in North Little Rock in the house she and her late husband built in the 1940s. At age 103, it was necessary that she move to Robinson Nursing & Rehab. Until her late 90s, Leta was an avid bridge player, beating out many much younger opponents. She drove her Ford Maverick car until she was 100, but gave up driving only because she had a fender-bender.
Leta loved going to the horse races in Hot Springs. Her great nephew, Larry Emison, took her several times when she was in her 90s and even when she was 100. Larry recalls one of the first times he picked her up, she was waiting on her front porch with a glass jar of water in a crumpled brown paper bag. He convinced her they had bottles of water there, so she left it behind.
Leta will be remembered as a "miracle" for living 112 years. She was always so appreciative of anything you did for her. Her mind was sharp until just the last few years.
A special thanks to her friend, Carolyn, who looked after her like she was her own grandmother. Also thanks to the staff of Robinson Nursing & Rehab and to her many relatives and good friends who helped along her wonderful journey of life.
Graveside service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Edgewood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark. 72116. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/owens.
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