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Mary Ellen (Braden) Wootan, 76, of Batavia, Arkansas, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018, after a long, courageous fight with an extended illness.
She was born on May 28, 1941, in Marshall, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Wanda McNully, of McAlester, and her sister, Verly Marie Easter, of Seattle, Washington.
Mary graduated from McAlester High School and married First Sergeant (retired) Clyde Wootan on August 16, 1960. A military spouse, she and Clyde traveled the world serving long overseas tours in Germany and Japan. Following her husband's retirement from the United States Army, they made their home in Batavia, Arkansas.
Mary enjoyed her friends dearly who, in turn, celebrated her master jelly and jam making skills.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Clyde Wootan; her two brothers, J.C. Braden of Sedalia, Missouri, and Jerry McNully, of McAlester, and her sons, Jerry Wootan, of Batavia, Arkansas, and Colonel Mark A. Wootan and his wife, Diane Frazier, formerly of Benton, Arkansas, who are currently serving in Europe. Mary is also survived by three grandchildren, Robert Wootan, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Katie Wootan, of Saint Augustine, Florida, and Jackson Wootan, of Rochester, New York.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, February 19, at First Baptist Church in Batavia, Arkansas.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Brother Kerry Liggett and Brother Tollie Sutterfield officiating. Interment will be at Dunkard Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Wootan, Robert Wootan, C.J. Andrews, Dennis Deitrick, Bobby Estes, Mike Mayfield and Kenneth Tanksley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Viola Williams, Freda Mathis, Brenda Andrews, Donna Moore, Pauline Simmons, Wanda Shields, Linda Dennis and Janice Wootan.
In lieu of flowers, the family would respectfully suggest donations be made to Hospice of the Hills, P.O. Box 1927, Harrison, AR, 72602.
Online Guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/harrison.
Published on February 17, 2018
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