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Barbara Jean Hartsell, 76


Barbara Jean Hartsell, 76, of Little Rock, left this world on Saturday, September 17, 2016, during a full Harvest moon in the midst of a thunderstorm. Barbara was born in Little Rock Arkansas on January 28, 1940. She leaves behind five children, three grandchildren, and countless people who were touched by her ‘Charm Magic’ and sage-like wisdom. Barbara shared her talent, treasure, and life selflessly with those around her, opening her home and heart to friends and strangers alike. She was a lioness of a mother, and one of the co-founders of the original Little Rock Farmer’s Market on Main Street. Barbara was also a community activist/organizer championing such causes as opposition to a waste water facility near the port of Little Rock, official recognition of slave grave yards near Thibault Rd., and the protection and stewardship of sacred Quapaw Indian Land. Her light in this world will be missed…

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  • Cherie McGhee Posted September 18, 2016 10:28 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss! I know you have lost your “cornerstone”!

  • Edith Bradberry Posted September 18, 2016 1:08 PM

    She will be missed!

  • Jan & Jeff Johnson Posted September 19, 2016 7:46 AM

    Our thoughts are with your family. Your mom was one of our favorite people. She will be missed.

  • Michelle Allen Posted September 19, 2016 8:01 AM

    Barbara was a wonderful friend to me and my family. We all enjoyed spending time talking with her and listening to her views of life and wisdom. My son and I will especially miss her and will continue to talk to her during our prayers.

  • Judy and Bill Wood/Susan Wood Gaither Posted September 19, 2016 10:58 AM

    We loved Barbara and we will miss her. May you all find peace in her loss. God bless you all.

  • Jill Lucas Cook Posted September 19, 2016 10:58 AM

    She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Blessed to have known her, an angel on earth and now in heaven.

  • Vickie Minick Posted September 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    I got to know Barbara very well when we were fighting the waste water facility. I have said many times that she reminded me of a “old circuit preacher” that walked the aisles and got down to the facts. She did this a few times in some of the meeting gs with the waste water people. She was a strong advocate. She will be missed. Rest in Peace Barbara.

  • David and Marianne McElyea Posted September 20, 2016 6:23 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your mom and I had many laughs when we were together . David and I remember all of you and will keep hoping all of you will be ok now that the anchor is gone. Barbara was a special lady.

  • tilan burnett Posted September 20, 2016 7:46 PM

    She was a very kind hearted woman and she will be missed by lots of her friends and family

  • Barbara Posted September 20, 2016 9:30 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Will keep all of you in prayers.

  • Natasha Nichols Posted September 21, 2016 11:01 PM

    I love your smile and you are very beautiful! God has granted you wings and you are living on in your children. I know you are proud of them and watching over them.

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