WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Services for Patty Helen Gonzales of West Memphis were held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in West Memphis.

Patty, 82, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Memphis after a long illness.

Patty was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Leake County, Mississippi, to Gilbert and Eva Hudson. She was a 50-plus-year member of the West Memphis First Baptist Church, where she also taught Sunday school for over 40 years. Patty was a very community-oriented person. She was well- known throughout the city as “Mrs. West Memphis.” She served on many community boards and had a passion for raising money for the Boy Scouts and cancer research. Patty was a longtime receptionist for Razorback Concrete Co., where she met many of the area citizens over the years.

Patty is survived by a son, Billy Patrick Howell (Brenda) of West Memphis; a daughter, Debbie Martindale (Billy) of Lakeland, Florida; two sisters, Corrine Addy of Harrisburg, Mississippi, and Betty Montgomery (Ross) of Greenwood; a brother, Larry Hudson (Trisha) of Florence; a grandchild, Leslie Martindale, and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Dylan Wilson.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Bobby Martindale.

A special thanks goes to her personal caregivers, Rosetta Johnson and Beverly Henderson, along with her personal friend, Mary Jane Utley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the West Memphis First Baptist Church.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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