Minnie Jean "GiGi" Cockrum Apkarian was born to Paula and Minnie Cockrum on Sept. 16, 1932, at Monette and died after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn Apkarian; her parents, Paul and Minnie Cockrum; brothers, Paul, Joe and Billy Cockrum; and her grandson, Jeffery.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Mary Strickland of Arkadelphia; her grandson, Christopher Strickland, and great-granddaughter, Madisyn of Chesapeake, Va.; her sisters, Winnie Sanders of Livermore, Calif., and Lois Osborn of Jonesboro; sisters-in-law, Helen Cockrum of Jonesboro and Betty and Francis Apkarian of Reedley, Calif.;.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette. Burial was in Monette Memorial Cemetery.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Hinds Hospice, 1416 West Twain Ave., Fresno, Calif., 93711-3014.
Personal condolences may be sent to her family at www.greggfunerals.com.