LENA SUE BATSON, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was born April 22, 1934, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, daughter of Joe and Pearl Etta (Johnson) Walker. She passed away May 20, 2019, in Eureka Springs, at the age of 85 years.
Susie was funny and energetic. As a young woman, she was an officer in various organizations throughout her life. She was also an exceptional dancer and performed often. She liked being silly, cooking, entertaining and loved her children and grandchildren. She was a military wife who was very involved with the Officers’ Wives Club and in counseling junior officers’ wives. She moved thirty times before settling in Eureka Springs twenty years ago. Susie owned and managed the Red Bud Manor bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs and later owned a cottage named Susie’s Bodacious Bungalow.
On August 4, 1953, she was united in marriage with Billy Wayne Batson who survives her of the home. She is also survived by two sons, Joe D. Batson and wife, Kim, of Jenks, Oklahoma and Michael Anthony Batson and wife, Kathy, of Lincoln, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Casey, Colin, Blair, Ambra and Tasha; four great-grandchildren, Cale, Emma, Charlotte and Violet; two nieces and one nephew; numerous other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Pearl Walker; one sister, Billie Joe Johnson; and two nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Nelson’s Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs. Interment will follow the service in the Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, Arkansas, under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205 or online at www.alzark.com. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.