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Tuesday January 12th, 2021
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Mary Lou LaFerney

Mary Lou LaFerney, 84, of Searcy, AR, went home to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ, on January 7, 2021.  She was a kind and beautiful lady who did anything she wanted to do with joy and a zest for life for most of those wonderful 84 years.

Mary Lou was born on April 25, 1936 in Highland Park, MI to Myrtle and Harley Keeling Sr and her only sibling, big brother, Harley Keeling Jr (all previously deceased). Her family moved back to Arkansas when Mary Lou was very young and she was raised in the hills of Botkinburg, AR.

Mary Lou married Claude Alvin LaFerney on Dec 12, 1958 and has lived in Searcy since that time.  They raised 5 children together in the intervening years, Edward LaFerney, Marilyn LaFerney, David LaFerney of Barberton OH, Susan Stone (Gary) of North Little Rock, AR and Lisa Roberson (Robert) of Enola AR.  Her source of pride and much joy was her 5 grandchildren, Jake LaFerney (Stephanie) of Prosper TX, Meghan Judd of Conway, AR, Josh Roberson of Romance, AR, Mikaela Roberson of Conway, AR and Hannah Roberson of Enola, AR as well as her 7 great grandchildren.  She also has 3 very special and much loved in-laws that have meant so much to her for many years, Nita Olmstead of Beebe, AR, Gerald LaFerney of Cabot, AR and Cleo Milton of Searcy, AR as well as many nieces and nephews from AR and MI that love and cherish her.  Claude preceded her in death on January 15, 2008 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma in which Mary Lou was a constant nurse, helpmate and all-around angel to through all those years.

Mary Lou was a devoted member of Gum Springs Methodist Church since the early 1960’s helping with music, fellowships, VBS and anything else that was needed.  She was an exceptional seamstress, quilter and all-around handwork expert making many quilts, pillows, wall hangings and clothing for family, friends, and fundraising efforts.  She was also an exceptional cook and loved to provide wonderful food to her family and friends and especially for her husband who loved anything sweet, especially pie.

Mary Lou loved to sing and had a beautiful alto voice having learned at a very early age when her mom needed a part singer in a women’s quartet.  She passed that love of music and singing down to her children and grandchildren.  Mary Lou and Claude spent many years and traveled many roads going to bluegrass festivals, making friends and singing many, many songs.

After widowhood she found many new and wonderful friends and great joy in joining 2 church quilting groups at Faith Assembly Church and First Assembly Church.  She loved the ladies and the many hours of work, fellowship, eating and traveling with them.

Mary Lou has lost many loved ones through the years and has been eagerly looking forward to her heavenly reunion with Jesus and each of the people she has loved.


The family asks that masks and social distancing be observed to protect those that Mary Lou loved so much.


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A candle was lit in memory of Mary LaFerney

Leah Brooks Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Lisa and family, we were so sorry that your sweet mom passed away recently but know she was welcomed by Jesus Christ to heaven. She will be missed my all who knew her. You will all live on with her memories that will bring you happiness. With Sympathy, Merinda and Danny Kordsmeier

Merinda Kordsmeier Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

Aunt Mary Lou was a quiet woman most times we were around her until you made eye contact and always got a smile and a great laugh. Our family appreciates so much how she worked behind the scenes making sure every family event was planned and presented with love. It is so hard to lose the people that became your first friends when you are young. She was a wonderful supporter of her family and always there to help the extended family at our time of need. May you all find peace and strength in the long days ahead. We love you all. XOXO


To have lived such a broad and amazing life is proof of goodness and love. I remember when Mary Lou and Claude married. We had a new aunt in the family and two new cousins. Our family was blessed with a love and closeness that presented itself most Sunday afternoons on Grandmother and Papa's front porch. Cousins watched to see which crew would cross the railroad track and drive down the dusty driveway. Out would come aunts, uncles, cousins, and food to add to the Sunday afternoon dinner. My thoughts and heart are with you.

Gwen Fullen Jan 9 2021 12:00 AM