Marion Novella "Crick" Keith

Friday, May 25, 2018
Marion Novella "Crick" Keith

Marion Novella "Crick" Keith, 98, of Marion, formerly of Leachville and widow of Birchett Keith, passed from this life Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Broadway Health and Rehab Center in West Memphis. Born in the Happy Corner community near Leachville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ellie Walls Mansell and had attended school in the Boynton community. She and her late husband were members of the Childress Baptist Church until moving to Leachville in 1968 where they became active members of the Leachville First Baptist Church. An accomplished seamstress, she also enjoyed working in her yard and gardens as well as traveling and listening to gospel music. "Crick" was also a proud member of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Beanie Martin Keith; her daughter, Donna Sue Keith Bennett; two brothers, Everett Mansell and Joseph Paul "Jack" Mansell; two sisters, Pauline Mansell Rich and Jo Nell Mansell Davis; and one great-grandson, Sam Patterson.

Survivors include her son Maxie Keith and wife Madelyn of Clarkedale; four grandchildren, Dr. Keith Bennett and wife Debbie, Bobbi Dawn Bennett Patterson, Rex Keith and Ginger Keith Bates and husband Daniel Richie; 11 great-grandchildren, Joshua Bennett and wife Iris, Kyle Bennett, Alex Bennett, Zachary Bennett, Lauryn Keith, Madison Keith, Christina Bramucci Miller and husband Austin, Christopher Bramucci, Natalie Bates, Bennett Patterson and George Patterson; and two great-great-grandsons, Rhys Bennett and Kayden Miller.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Leachville First Baptist Church with Pastor David Price and Dr. Keith Bennett officiating. A private burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.

Serving as active pallbearers are grandsons, Rex Keith, Josh Bennett, Kyle Bennett, Alex Bennett, Bennett Patterson, George Patterson and Christopher Bramucci. Serving as honorary pallbearers are grandsons, Zachary Bennett and Daniel Richie Bates.

The family will receive visitors Friday evening from 6-8 at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville.

The family has requested that lasting memorials be made to the Leachville First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9, Leachville, AR 72438.

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