Patricia “Patty” Ruth Harley, 78, of Benton, Arkansas passed away October 15, 2020. She was born January 14, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Victor and Ruth Elizabeth (Grechus) Burgy.
Patty was a great encourager and assisted adults in obtaining their GED. She adored her family and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. Patty enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, and bird watching. She was a talented seamstress and an amazing baker and cook. Family favorites included her delicious fried chicken and chicken and dumplings, along with delicious breads and cookies. Patty helped take care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the time they were infants and she received great joy for the gift of being able to do that. They affectionately call her Gram, GiGi, G-ram, and Grammy.
Patty leaves behind to cherish her memory two daughters: Sherrie Loyd of Benton, Arkansas and Vickie Durham and husband Mike of Benton, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Amanda Andres and husband Jon, Glen Loyd and wife Brittany, Cole Durham and wife Emily, and Hailey Durham and fiancé Jacob Luckett; six great-grandchildren: Abigale Andres, Drake Andres, Harper Loyd, Brantley Renfro, Blakely Durham, and Willa Durham; sister, Rose Ann Dirst of Harrison, Arkansas; and many family members in Arkansas and Missouri and friends who love Patty and will miss her always.
Family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate Patty’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CJCOHN Food Bank or Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
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