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Virginia Ruth Nelson

April 10, 1928 — April 28, 2024

Little Rock

Virginia Ruth Nelson

Virginia Ruth Nelson, 96, passed away April 28, 2024. Virginia was born April 10, 1928 to the late Alta Short and Ida Evelyn (Cherry) Short.

Virginia was retired from Pulaski County Special School District. She enjoyed fishing and always looked forward to the special weekly hour spent with her hairdresser and friend, Sue James. She was often found outside gardening and mowing her lawn. During this past year, she appreciated all the special attention she received from the staff at Mt. Carmel, Elijah's Place Memory Care. She enjoyed the fresh flowers brought each week by family friend, Debbie Thuston.  She loved being involved in her church and spending time with her family. Family time was extremely important to Virginia, and she always cherished each moment spent together.

Virginia is survived by her children: Wanda Fecher (Melvin), Brenda Runner (Kevin), Carol Kane, and Randy Nelson (Cynthia); grandchildren: Dawn Cates, Tonya Fecher, Kimberly Runner, Erin Zak (Jared), Matthew Runner, Traci Byrd (Aaron), and Austin Nelson (Halie); great-grandchildren: A. J. Sanchez, Aaron Sanchez, Leighton Zak, Riley Zak, Ella Byrd, Beau Byrd, Rayleigh Nelson, Ryder Nelson, and Knox Nelson; as well as a host of family members and friends who will all miss her dearly. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Nelson; and brothers, Grover Short and A.J. Short.

Memorials may be made to Civitan Services of Benton or Boys and Girls Club of Benton.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2nd, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at First Missionary Baptist Church, 10300 Mabelvale West Rd. Mabelvale, followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 PM. A private burial will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Park. 

Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online Guestbook,

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