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Wilma Dean Johnston-Gasch, age 78

Wilma Dean Johnston-Gasch, age 78, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018.  She was born in Rison, Arkansas to the late William Johnston and Letha Blanche Clark-Johnston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son James Randell (Randy) Gasch, a brother and two sisters.

Wilma is survived by her daughter Cheryl Ann Gasch-Hestand; one granddaughter Kelly Nicole Hestand that she kept and spoiled from the moment she was born.  Her siblings Erma Jean Johnston of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Verna Mae Hunter of Warren, Arkansas, Charles Everett Johnston of Rosebud, Arkansas, Glenda Ann Roachell of Lonoke, Arkansas, Mattie Jane Cotton of Cabot, Arkansas and Deborah Kay Polk of Cabot, Arkansas.  She will be missed by the love of her life Robert F. Gasch that has been by her side.

A celebration of life will be held on March 26, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY  10001.


  • Donna Kominczak Posted March 19, 2018 6:36 PM

    I will always remember Wilma being so generous and kind to all of us kids on Laredo I’m Houston. She cooked the best Spanish Rice and Corn Bread Muffins in the world. She was not afraid to work inside and outside of the home. So talented, hairdresser, cook, mother, wife, friend. Loved to take daily walks with neighbors and drink coffee with cookies every afternoon. I remember when she was baptized and let us drive the car with no license. God bless you Wilma. Love you.

  • Debbie Grimes Floyd Posted March 19, 2018 6:40 PM

    Cheryl and Frank I am so sad to hear of Wilma’s passing. Wilma was not only like a second Mother to me while growing up down the street from you all but a dear friend. Wilma was one of the sweetest hard working women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! I have too many wonderful memories of her to mention but will cherish the rest of my life. What a dear soul. May you be at peace my dear Wilma! Love to you Cheryl and Frank💞

  • Phyllis and Billy Courtney Posted March 19, 2018 8:10 PM

    So very sorry for your loss . Prayers for all the family and God bless you all

  • Melissa Dawson Posted March 19, 2018 9:04 PM

    Sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in our prayers

    Fly high Wilma.

  • David Martinez Posted March 20, 2018 12:30 AM

    Sorry for your loss may she Rest In Peace

  • Barbara Nicholson Glover Posted March 20, 2018 11:05 AM

    I will always remember Wilma as my neighbor and best friends down the country road at Rye where we was growing up. We went to school at Woodlawn near Rison before the family moved to Jacksonville. I used to walked down the country road to play with her and all her brothers and sisters. What a great memories we all had. We all also had to walked to the highway (about almost a mile) to a waiting school bus to go to school at Woodlawn for a few years.. Wilma will be missed by all. She is with Jesus now and to those that went on before her. What a reunion!! Prayers to Frank and Cheryl and the family. God Bless .

  • Judith Fernandes Posted March 20, 2018 11:30 AM

    I will always remember Wilma biscuits and choclolate gravey,she will be truely miss. Rest in peace beautiful lady.

  • Bobby Joe Rodgers Posted March 20, 2018 6:22 PM

    Wilma Dean was like a sister to me. We were first cousins. Anything I could do, She always said,, I can do that, And backed her word.. We all grew up on Biscuits gravy,, taters, cornbread, and Black eyed peas, Great Northern Beans. A water mellon in the summertime was a treat. Every 4th of July the whole clan, Brothers, Sisters, kids would gather at Aunt Blanche,s House , For Home-made Ice. cream , Cranked under a Huge Sycamore Tree that still Stands today at the Old Home Place site.. What memories I have of those days,,,REST IN PEACE,,,,You will never be forgotten,,,

  • Amy grimes Posted March 20, 2018 7:20 PM

    I will always remember Wilma as a loving and talented neighbor on latex. She was always there to help and give advise in her special giving way. I will never forget the beautiful handmade candies she made for Herman Jr and I’s wedding 40 yrs ago. It is so comforting to know she is finally at peace. With love and. Fond memories.

  • Harry and Patty Carpenter Posted March 21, 2018 10:11 AM

    Dear sweet Wilma will be missed so much by all who knew her, especially Frank who loved her dearly! Also Cheryl and Kelly ! She was a beautiful woman inside and out and always had a sweet smile! She is celebrating her new life with Jesus now. Our love and prayers to you Frank and Cheryl.

  • Ellis Polk Posted March 22, 2018 12:20 AM

    Wilma was always laughing and pleasant to be around. She always had a smile on her face. She like your sister love to watch wrestling and would always get excited when watching either on TV or at a live match. She really like the Rock & Roll Express in their time of fame I remember we went to see them and she was so excite when they threw their jackets and she caught one.. She will be missed by all of her family and friends. Rest in peace Wilma you are with your other family members that left us before you. You are now in no pain and in a better place. God will take very good care of you now.

  • Robert Frank Gasch Posted April 20, 2018 8:17 PM

    Once a day, and sometimes more
    You knock upon my daydream door,
    And I say warmly, “come right in,
    I’m glad you’re here with me again!”
    Then we sit down and have a chat,
    Recalling this, discussing that,
    Until some task that I must do
    Forces me away from you.
    Reluctantly I say good-bye,
    Smiling with a little sigh,
    For though my daydreams bring you near
    I wish that you were really here.
    But what reality can’t change
    My dreams and wishes can arrange.
    And through my wishing you’ll be brought
    To me each day, a guest in thought.

    Mary Dawson Hughes

  • Harry and Patty Carpenter Posted April 26, 2018 10:44 AM

    Wilma was a wonderful and beautiful woman! She was a blessing to all who knew her especially to her family. And she was the love of Frank’s life!!

  • Your Daughter Posted July 11, 2018 1:19 PM

    I miss u more and more each and every day!!! I ❤️ u Mother more than words can say

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