Judith Diann Love

Monday, October 19, 2015

Judith Diann Love, 63, of Leachville, passed from this life Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Born in Monette to the late Ephriam and Estell Gooch Ward, she was raised in Blytheville and was a 1970 graduate of Blytheville High School. Diann was a graduate of the Blytheville Beauty School and worked as a beautician before working as a cook for several area restaurants. She had been a resident of the Happy Corner community, near Leachville, since 1977 and was a longtime member of the Leachville First Assembly of God.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Allen Jerome Love, one brother, Ephriam Ward, Jr., and one sister, Cynthia Jane Ward.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Allen Love of Leachville; one son and daughter-in-law, Vaughn and Lois Love of Leachville; one daughter and son-in-law, Lovie Love-Oden and Ken of Leachville; one brother, John Ward and wife Kristen of Springfield, Mo.

She also leaves several aunts; Louise Cagle, Loeda Carder, Lavonda Walker, and Gretha Bennett, an uncle, John "Bosie" Ward, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Tom Newman and Rev. Gary Finley officiating. Burial will follow in Leachville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Barnes, Michael Walls, Nicholas Love, Todd Shepard, Nicholas Cagle and Michael Webster.

The family will receive visitors from 12:30 Tuesday afternoon until service time at the funeral home.

The family has requested any memorials be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

Friends may sign the guest register at www.howardfuneralservice.com.