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Nora Lee Cowell, age 84

Nora Lee Cowell, 84, of Ward, Arkansas went to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 18, 2022. She was born in Des Arc, Arkansas on November 11, 1937 to Otha Vernon Hunt and Gracie Jewel Bridges.

She grew up in the Oak Prairie Community and went to school 6 years at Oak Prairie, then on to Des Arc for 6 years. She graduated in 1955 from Des Arc High School and started working in sewing factories.  Later on, she worked for Wal-Mart. In later years, she quit her jobs and helped with their trucking company with her husband until they retired and moved to Ward in 2000.

She married her true love in 1956 and gained 3 bonus daughters; Patsy, Virginia, and Mallie, which she loved dearly and they loved her. She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Al Cowell; her father and mother; her brothers Troy and Dwain Hunt; two daughters Patsy Brothwell and Mallie Appleton; granddaughter Gwen Beecham; grandson Jeff Lewis; and several nephews and nieces.

She is survived by her daughter Virginia Ortiz; sister Wanda Collier; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces on both sides of the family and she loved them all.

She was a member of Charity Baptist Church in Ward. She loved her church family. She looked forward to their potluck dinners and fellowships. She also looked forward to the Cowell and Hunt family reunions.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 1:00pm with Funeral Service to follow at 2:00pm at Charity Missionary Baptist Church, 250 Balding St, Ward, AR 72176. Burial to follow at McBee Cemetery in Des Arc, Arkansas.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400.


  • Brandi Hamilton Posted September 20, 2022 5:21 PM

    I love you so much grandma . Thank you for always loving me . You were so fun and always had the best stories and jokes to tell . I love you a bushel and a peck with a big ol hug around the neck ❤️😘. I will miss you always until I see you again. Give my momma , daddy and grandpa some big hugs .

  • Samantha Posted September 20, 2022 9:18 PM

    Aunt Nora was the best ever. So many great memories. She will truly be missed.

  • Larry Breeden Posted September 20, 2022 9:28 PM

    When we called Aunt Nora “Great” Aunt Nora, it was because she was truly GREAT! She was ALWAYS fun and a delight to be around. Loved her, I will miss her. But we shall meet again

  • Margaret Jones Posted September 20, 2022 9:37 PM

    My favorite aunt I shall never forget! I could tell her anything and she would talk me threw! As good as my moma loved her dearly!

  • Calvin cowell Posted September 20, 2022 10:09 PM

    Sure will miss her and her little melodies and jokes she always told, I always enjoyed her desserts she brought to the reunions. Will be praying for everyone

  • Yvonne Hunt Posted September 20, 2022 10:11 PM

    My prayers and thoughts are with the family. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend her services.

  • Jammie Appleton Posted September 21, 2022 10:16 AM

    Rest in peace, Grandma Cow. I’ll always treasure the delicious flavors of cookies, candies, and pies you made! I love you always, Bud

  • Anita Huett Posted September 22, 2022 8:21 AM

    Nora was the greatest friend anyone could have. I will miss her dearly.

  • Pat Cowell Posted September 22, 2022 12:04 PM

    Many of you mentioned Nora’s desserts. A few years back, David and I stopped to see her on the way home from Tennessee. When we arrived she had a pecan pie waiting and it was delicious. But, I remember most getting up early and having coffee with Nora. We got hungry but no one else was up yet. Nora and I decided we could have pecan pie with our coffee and we did. I will always remember laughing around the table with Nora and eating pecan pie for breakfast just because we could!! That was typical Nora, enjoying life and the simple things. We are going to miss seeing her when we travel to Arkansas next month.

  • Claudia Cowell-Parra Posted October 6, 2022 4:45 PM

    I was just sharing with my husband Ed the other day how I always looked forward to uncle Arvel and aunt Nora’s visit. She was always so kind. How she took care of herself always left an impression on me. So pretty…dressed so nice…a smile on her face…and always smelled so good when she hugged you.
    We didn’t get to see her near enough because we lived so far away.
    You were an inspiration aunt Nora and will be missed by many.
    God is so good…you were a special ray of sunshine in a little girls world.

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