Jodel Standley

Jodel Adams Standley

July 25, 1921 - August 19, 2020
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Thank you, Dear Father in Heaven for giving my brother and me, the most loving and remarkable Mother that anyone could ever wish for.

Jodel Adams Standley, 99, of Pine Bluff, entered Heaven on August 19, 2020. She was born on July 25, 1921. She was the daughter of Winnie Myrtle Pierce and Jess Adrian Adams. Jodel and her brother Bo were primarily raised by their mother supported by a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins after the untimely death of their father when Jodel was only three years old.

She graduated from high school at the age of sixteen and immediately entered nursing school at St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri. Jodel found the passion of her life in taking care of others. After graduation she moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1942 with her husband, Adelbert B. Standley.

Jodel started her nursing career at Davis Hospital in 1946. She worked at Davis and Jefferson Regional Medical Center for 40 years where she helped thousands of healthy young babies enter our world. Most of her career was in the Labor and Delivery Department, which she dearly loved. She retired in 1986 and came to live with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. She spent many years taking care of her family and we marveled at her stamina and youthful attitude.

Survivors include her daughter, Anne Standley Smithey and son-in-law, Robert F. (Bob) Smithey ,with whom she lived 33 year; her son, John Lawrence (Larry) Standley (Sheila); three grandchildren, Benjamin Clayton Standley, Adrianne Smithey Bennett (Stephen) and Daniel Lawrence Standley (Mandy); five great-grandchildren, Tucker Standley, Katie Standley, Gavin Bennett, Sloane Standley, and Chloe Standley.

“She was someone special, she was a nurse.”

The family will hold a private service at a later date.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603 or charity of your choice.

Arrangements were by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Online condolences and video messages may be left for the family at
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Janet Wilkins Bordeaux

Posted at 10:53am
Your mother was an extraordinary woman! She was there at Davis when I and two of my siblings were born, and at Jefferson when the third one arrived, she was there when I worked as a Candy Striper on the maternity ward at Jefferson Hospital, and she was there for me when I had my babies. One of the kindest women I ever met. What a privilege it was to know her.

Bob Smithey

Posted at 08:09pm
To those who shared their memories, kindness and love for a very special and exceptional woman, Anne and I both thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Laura McHaney Nix

Posted at 02:43pm
I lost my mother last year in July, and send my deep condolences. What I most want to say is how much my mother thought of your mother because she was present at my birth in Davis hospital. She mentioned her by name so many times saying how kind she was. Unlike most ladies who had twilight anesthesia back then, Mama wanted to be awake when I came along, so instead had a block for labor. Because she was awake she vividly remembered your mom. Years later when I worked as a teenager at Jefferson Hospital I met her, and shared with her my mother’s words. She was everything I thought a great nurse should be. What a wonderful legacy you have to treasure. May your memories be a blessing. I’m sure my mother has already greeted yours in heaven.


Gail Bubbus Spadoni

Posted at 02:00am
Anne, what an amazing, loving and wonderful mom she was. She made my day many a times in the lobby at Simmons with her wit and stories. Your Faith family and memories will comfort you and your family. Fondly Gail Bubbus Spadoni

Jimmy and Bitsie Collins

Posted at 01:26pm
So sorry for your loss. Mrs Stanley was a very special lady and I know she will be missed by who knew her.

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