Ethel Lorene Claghorn, 87, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019, at Arkansas Hospice Care Facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Mrs. Claghorn was born June 3, 1932, in Lonoke County, to Alvie and Susie Reynolds Rogers. She was reared and received her education in Mabelvale, Arkansas, where she graduated from Mabelvale High School. At the age of 50, she attended Pines Vocational School (now Southeast Arkansas Community College, where she received her degree in practical nursing. She then attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas at Monticello and was only six credit hours from graduating with her Bachelor of Nursing Degree.
Mrs. Claghorn retired from Jefferson Regional Medical Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse, where she worked in Labor and Delivery for many years.
She and her family also started Irish Maid Donuts in 1963.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and CONTACT, which was a suicide prevention hotline.
Mrs. Claghorn enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and traveling the United States and Europe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, father of her children, James Claghorn, daughters, Sharon Elaine Claghorn and Shanon Lorene Harmond-Hand, and her sister, Irene Rogers Craig.
Mrs. Claghorn is survived by her daughter, Connie (Tim) Boutwell of White Hall; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth (Wilma) Rogers of Orlando, Florida; and three sisters, Lee Rogers Stokes of South Port, Florida, Viola Rogers Simons of Little Rock and Mildred Rogers Breeding of Little Rock; and two sons-in-law, John Elkins, Sr. and Robert Harmon, both of White Hall.
A vigil will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, 5:30 PM, at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home with Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating with a visitation to follow the vigil.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00 AM, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Reverend Joseph Marconi officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com