Mary Ellen Kuykendall

Funeral services for Mary Ellen Kuykendall will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel.

Mary Ellen “Nan” Kuykendall, 95, of Shreveport, LA, formerly of Magnolia, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Garden Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Shreveport.

Nan was born August 23, 1924 in Bossier City, LA to the late Claud and Eva (Wallace) Holtzclaw. She retired from Alumax after 26 years of employment and was a member of the Central Baptist Church.

Nan served Magnolia Hospital as a Pink Lady for several years. She was a caregiver to her family, helping to raise her younger brothers and sisters in their youth. She loved her family and was a devoted mother and wife for 47 years until the time of her husband’s death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William A. Kuykendall; brothers, Walter, Paul Rufus “John” and Claud Thomas “Bud” Holtzclaw; and sisters, Marie, Betty Louise Green, Hallie Oglesby and Joann Kersey.

Nan is survived by her son, Ray B. Kuykendall and wife Donna of TexARKana; daughter, Linda K. Puryear and husband Buddy of Bossier City, LA; grandson, Joel A. “Andy” Kuykendall of TexARKana; great-grandsons Avery McRay Kuykendall and John Andrew Kuykendall of TexARKana; granddaughter-in-law Dana Puryear and her son Jonathan Puryear of Killeen, TX; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., in Magnolia with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. Buddy Puryear officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Andy Kuykendall, Avery Kuykendall, John Andrew Kuykendall, Tom Oglesby, and Kevin Oglesby.

The family says a special thanks to the staff at the Garden Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their compassion and loving care they gave to Nan.

The family requests memorial donations are made to Columbia County Animal Protection Society (CCAPS), Po Box 2003, Magnolia, AR 71754.

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