Ouida Beth Williams Bean was born on October 22, 1930 and went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Harmon Bean and her daughter, Anna Marie Bean Bradley, her brothers, Charles and J.C. Williams, and her grandson, Travis Bradley. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Bean Lantz and Leila Bean Dockery (Al), her youngest brother, Wayne Williams (Beth) and her sister-in-law, Elaine Williams. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brian Lantz (Chelsea), Jeffrey Lantz, Susan Lantz, Deborah Lantz Harrington (Matt), Sean Alston (Yen), Jana Alston, and Nathan Bradley and her great-grandson, Rex Alston.
After a career teaching math to junior and senior high students, she retired from the Russellville School District to enjoy many years of adventure. She got back into swimming, learned to canoe and teach canoeing, and became a certified scuba diver exploring the waters as close as Lake Ouachita and as far as oceans all over the world. She was able to travel to Europe and the Holy Land. She was an avid reader and student of the Bible, learning both Greek and Hebrew in order to better understand God’s Word. In her 80’s she began piano lessons and loved playing and listening to a wide variety of music. She was an accomplished knitter and her last project was a beautiful blanket for the great-grandson who gave her so much joy.
The family is grateful for the wonderful care she received in hospitalizations at Baptist Health, assisted living at Good Shepherd, and Hospice and skilled nursing care at Parkway Village Health Center.
A family service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in Malvern, AR on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM.
Mrs. Bean was a wonderful teacher during my high school years at Russellville. She was one of a kind who gave her all to so so many. May she rest in peace knowing she made a difference and may God be with you all during this trying time. Sending my love and prayers.