Louise Mattar Whidden died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on January 12. She was 87.
Born on May 26, 1926, in Hot Springs to Selim and Emily Mattar, Louise grew up in Hot Springs and spent summers in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. She attended Lindenwood College, Oklahoma A&M, and the University of Arkansas, where she studied Social Work. She worked for the Garland County Social Services for 30 years as a licensed social worker. After retirement Louise was employed at Lakewood Home for 10 years.
Louise was a member of the Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday school class. She belonged to the Busy Bees Home Extension Club and the Emblem Club. She was also a member of the Friends of Garland County Library. Louise was an avid reader and she loved to travel.
Louise spent many summers growing up on the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs, where her father had a seasonal Oriental Art Gallery. In earlier years his store was on Circuit Ave. where Linda Jean’s Restaurant is today.
Louise was predeceased by her parents, Selim and Emily Mattar, her two brothers, Elie and George Mattar, and one sister, Helen Alaimo. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 30 years, Glyn R. Whidden.
Survivors include one son, Steven Krueger, two grandchildren, Hilary and Steven, and their spouses, Ray and Lisa. She also leaves two great grandchildren, Emily and Sean. Survivors also include numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at Crestview Cemetery, Wednesday, January 15, at 11 am, with Brother Jeff Hill officiating. Honorary pallbearers included the employees of Brookfield Assisted Living, Larry Loe, Bill and Faye Willis, Marie Pamplin, Alice Simcox, Barbara Morgan, Jim and Anita Gottlieb and her caregiver, Mary Lane. Guest register