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Karen Nell Patton, 71

Karen Nell Patton, 71, died on September 4, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Morrilton, Arkansas and raised by her mother and grandmother, Karen attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, while holding down a full-time job. After graduation she worked for the Department of Human Services for over 30 years; first as a dedicated social worker, and later as a supervisor in the Accounts Receivable Division. She was a hard worker who did her best to help every client.

Karen was a Christian who loved nature, all animals, rock music and crisp bacon. She was a loyal friend with a heart of gold and the mouth of a sailor. She will join the ashes of her beloved pets, and be scattered to the winds.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother Leona Callahan; her mother, Willie Mae Patton; brothers Bobby Patton, Eldon Patton and Wilbur Patton; and sisters Loretta Ribon (Nelson) and Pauletta Kleese (Richard).

She is survived by her spouse C.M. English; her brother Joe Patton and his wife Mary; and the son of her heart if not her biology, Jimmy Sheffield. She is also survived by a long list of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends and will be missed by all.

Our deepest gratitude goes to Judy Matsuoka, whose help was immeasurable, as well as Dana Shook, Chris Feild, and Janet Carson, for their friendship and support.

There will be a memorial at a later date, COVID permitting.

Memorials can be made to The Little Rock Animal Village cat room or the CARE Pet Food Pantry (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort).

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Cleo F Trotter Posted September 10, 2021 4:06 PM

    It was a joy to work with you at DHS Accounts Receivable!

  • Allison Adams Posted September 14, 2021 11:36 AM

    I will miss you, you were nothing but the kindest and funniest person I knew. I hated that we knew each other for a short amount of time and that it was under circumstances that I wish did not happen. Wish you comfort and peace.

  • Al Garrett Posted October 5, 2021 3:11 AM

    Karen was one of a kind and a great, warm hearted individual. She was my mentor as a caseworker in the Morrilton DHS Office. She had a deep compassion for our clients and was a positive influence on everyone else who worked in the office.

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