Laura Sue Hill Ehren, 75, went home to be with Jesus on Aug. 7, 2009 of brain cancer. She was born Jan. 27, 1934 to Lawrence and Naomi Mattingly Hill and raised in Provo, near DeQueen. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 53 years, Robert C. Ehren. Together, they raised a daughter and two sons in Paris (Logan County).
Survivors are her children, Janet Gathright and husband, John, of Conway, Grant Ehren and wife Paula of Russellville, and Kirk Ehren of Pottsville. She is survived by her sister Nora Lee Medenwald, of Hattisburg, Miss., and her brother David Hill of Provo, brother and sister-in-laws Ralph and Betty Ehren of McKinney, Texas, Fritz and Juanita Ehren of Clarksville, Marie and Herbert Peek, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., and Norman and Jayne Ehren of Goodyear, Ariz. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: John Paul Gathright and wife Rebekkah of Memphis, Laura Gathright Woodard and husband Luke of Benton, Jordan Ehren of Little Rock, Jodie Ehren Moore and husband Caleb of Russellville, Tyler Ehren of Russellville, Logan Ehren and Makenzie Ehren of Conway. Her great-grandchildren are Caleb and Reid Gathright and Drake Woodard.
An active member of First Baptist Church of Paris, Sue enjoyed learning about and praying for the world missions work of the International Mission Board and USA missions of the North American Mission Board through the Women’s Missionary Union, now called Women On Mission. She was actively involved in Bible distribution through the women’s auxiliary of the Gideons International, her husband serving as a Gideon for many years. Sue invested more than 45 years in these ministries through teaching Vacation Bible School, GAs (Girls in Action), youth and adult Sunday School, singing in the choir and hospitality in her home.
She and Bob loved Arkansas folk music and beautiful scenery, so they enjoyed many trips to Silver Dollar City, Mountain View, and of course, Cove Lake and Mount Magazine. Cooking supper over the fire at Cove Lake picnic area was a favorite summer and fall evening activity. They also loved to keep their small garden producing amazing crops.
Sue loved to sew and make both utility and décor items for the home and family. Her home is filled with her special touch of country style done with freshness and modest flair. It is a lovely and comfortable place to visit. She always had her table set with a seasonal look and planned many special meals with family and friends over the years. She loved to organize her recipes and keep favorite dishes marked. When family gathered for holidays, Sue and Bob would plan carefully and have the house and yard looking beautiful. It was typical for little extra things to be planned such as a each family member finding an envelope with their name on it in the room, playing "Santa" with prepared grab bags, items hidden in the Christmas tree, special songs and share times at Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas. They intentionally created ways for the family to enjoy making memories together. She was loved by many and for those who knew her, she will always be remembered for the love and care she extended to everyone, always putting their comfort over her own.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Paris. A brief graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home-Paris.
Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Paris, Gideons International, Conway Christian School, 700 Club, American Cancer Society, or Arkansas Hospice.