Audrey Margaret Adcox Grisham entered this world on February 12, 1942. She left it on May 26, 2021. She did not leave it unchanged. She was a loving wife to her husband, Ronnie Elder Grisham, during good years and devoted caregiver during the more difficult ones. Following his death she continued to live in “Ronnie’s Barn” which he had made into a unique and beautiful home.
Audrey, or “Auntie” as she was known to her nieces and nephews, was also preceded in death by her parents, Windle and Evelyn Adcox and by two great nephews, Jordan and Taylor Dobbins. She is survived by: two daughters, Audrianna Grisham (David Hodges) and Dannetta Grisham (Ronnie Hutchinson); a granddaughter, Remi; a sister, Carolyn Dobbins (T. A.); two nephews, Jeff Dobbins (Donita) and Bruce Dobbins (Angela); great-nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.
Prior to moving to England to join the family farm, Ronnie and Audrey were active in Hot Springs in the teaching and theatre communities. They served as chaperones for study trips to Europe and as sponsors for stage productions.
Among the many expressed condolences she was described as “strong”. People who knew her over the past several years might call her “resourceful” as well. During her term as mayor, if something needed to be done for her home town of England, Arkansas, she either did it herself or knew someone who could do it. She learned to write grants and was able to finance several much-needed projects for the city. When Ronnie was no longer able to operate the family farm, Audrey put on her work clothes and applied what she had learned about hands- on farming from her parents.
If a neighbor or friend had been diagnosed with an illness and needed transportation to keep treatment appointments, Audrey was there every time. She had a talent for floral design, and shared this gift with her church group quite often by making arrangements for holidays and special services.
More recently she expressed her design talents through baking her famous cheesecakes and breads, which were too pretty to eat. She especially loved to share these creations with her friends and church family at The Keo United Methodist church.
In accordance with her wishes she will be intered next to her beloved Ronnie at Union Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, Audrey would wish donations be made to Last Chance animal rescue.
Arrangements by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.
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