Nellie Rue Wilbanks

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nellie Rue Wilbanks, 91, of Bentonville, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Rogers.

She was born May 15, 1923, in Marietta, Mississippi, to Troy Ramey and Addie Sue Warren.

Nellie was formally of Blytheville and Dell. She was a faithful, active church member throughout her life. She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the desire to serve others brought her great joy. Nellie was a beautician who owned and operated Nell's Beauty Shop in Dell, then later began a career as a bank teller in Blytheville. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed fixing big dinners for everyone, loved her family and especially loved listening to gospel music.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Porter Wilbanks; two sisters; and three brothers.

Nellie is survived by one son, Paul Wilbanks of Unionville, Tennessee;

One daughter, Brenda Bahn-Moore and husband, Mitchell of Bentonville;

Five grandchildren, Anita Bruce and husband Rickey, Terry Wilbanks and wife, Brenda, Paula Wilson, Michele Hoyt and Michael Bahn and wife, Tina;

Twelve great-grandchildren;

Seven great-great-grandchildren; and

Many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services in Rogers.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stockdale-Moody Funeral Chapel in Rogers with Pastor James Longmate officiating. Burial will follow in Bentonville Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Terry Wilbanks, Michael Bahn, Matthew Bruce, Zachary Bruce, Ryan Hoyt and Dick DeVore. Honorary Pallbearers are Mitchell Moore, Paul Wilbanks and David Bahn.

Memorials may be made to Loving Choices Pregnancy Center, 801 S. Seventh St., Rogers, AR 72756.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort may be made at