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Dena Gaye Clay (Patterson), age 72

Dena Gaye Clay (Patterson) went home to Jesus on December 28, 2023. Dena was born March 10, 1951 in Searcy to Thomas and Nancy Patterson.

Dena was a teacher for Wynne Public Schools in the early 80’s. She later became the church secretary for River of Life Church in Judsonia where she served faithfully from 1998 to 2014. Dena loved leading her “ladies” in life group, sewing hundreds of dresses for missions across Africa and South America, and worshiping with the Body.

She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Nancy Patterson and her step father Ed Hall.

She is survived by one daughter Kara Davis and her husband Jack and two grandchildren, Adrianna Davis and Hannah Davis, all of Judsonia.

Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later time.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Rachel J Moore Posted December 28, 2023 5:31 PM

    This woman was a wonderful friend and a great mentor! She will be sooooo missed!
    I love you Kara! Prayers for you my love!

  • Anita Heidelberg Posted January 1, 2024 5:16 PM

    Kara, I am so sorry, I loved her so much, always so happy…

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