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Dovie Ester (Barnett) Gagen, age 82

Dovie Ester (Barnett) Gagen, age 82, passed away on April 26, 2024. She was born on August 6, 1941 in Dyess, Arkansas.

She married Richard L. Gagen in October of 1961 and they spent 57 years together. She was an avid gardener and retired cosmetologist, but most important to her, she was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by son, David (Dana), and daughter, Mary, 5 grandchildren, Andrew (Sasha), Aaron, Mason (Kaleigh), Carson Brie, and Cierra (Kailer), and one very special great-granddaughter, Ella.

Dovie was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L, and son, Richard Evan, her parents David and Martha Barnett.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 6:00-8:00pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Graveside service will be Friday, May 3, 2024 at 1:00pm at Roosevelt Cemetery in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas.

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


  • Alice (Hensley) Kennedy Posted April 29, 2024 6:27 PM

    Aunt Dovie was always such a sweet person. I remember her cutting Carol’s hair at the reunion. Prayers for peace and comfort for those she leaves behind.

  • Steven Ellison Posted April 30, 2024 1:03 AM

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My condolences to all of you.

  • Kim Grigsby Posted May 2, 2024 3:37 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss.I am praying for you all.

  • Denise Swann Posted May 2, 2024 4:31 PM

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Dovie’s passing. I so enjoyed her posts of her flowers she had grown. Many prayers of peace and comfort during this difficult time. Because of family health issues, we will not be able to attend her services, but will be present in thoughts.

  • Kelli Sanders Posted May 3, 2024 2:13 PM

    Such a sweet lady whose pride in her family came through in the stories she told each time I saw her. Proud to have known she and Mr. Gagen. May God’s peace bring you comfort.

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