Imogene “Jean” Kenny Daggett was born May 14, 1925 in Arden, Arkansas to Opal L Altenbaumer and James Warren Bocox. Jean passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Springdale, Arkansas at the age of 95.
She was working by the age of 16, as a window dresser and sales for JC Penny’s in Texarkana. When she was in her early 20’s she moved to Bakersfield, California in 1940’s. Jean’s daughter Judy Ragsdayle was born, and her son Michael Ramson was born four years later. At this time, she was working at a modern style department store Harry Coffees it was equal to Dillard’s or Macy’s today in Bakersfield. She was accounts manager, payroll and the office manager of sales. Years later she had become accounts manager for a large veterinarian’s office until she retired in 1977
Jean and her husband Hank Kenny moved to Eureka Springs in 1977. They opened a small little cafe called Kenny’s Snak Shac, it was supposed to be a bait shop and snack store but quickly turned into a café with the best home cooked food around the area and a gathering place for the locals. Many tourists called it home away from home. She was famous for her beans and cornbread, chicken & noodles, but most of all her buttermilk pies. Jean could hardly keep up with the demand. She and Hank were involved with the founding, construction, fund raising of the Grassy Knob volunteer fire department.
She was very active in local clubs in the area Red Hat ladies, Carroll County Democratic Club, Beaver Lake Clubs. Jean was also active Gardner and loved home designing for herself and others. She supported the Carroll County Humane Society in Eureka Springs and had many animals, especially dogs and cats in her life and home. Later she moved to Berryville to take care of her elderly parents and retire. Jean married Chuck Daggett in July 1991 they had many happy years together.
Jean was always independent, competent, hardworking her entire life. She set the bar high for her family, friends and single mothers. She loved all kinds of music and would dance any chance she got even from her wheelchair. Jean was listening to Johnny Cash the night she passed away and told her nurses aid she was going to see Jesus Tuesday night with a smile on her face. Jean was a character to the very end. She is now with Jesus and reunited with her loving family in heaven. What a wonderful, courageous woman, who set an example for all that knew her especially her family who loved her.
Jean had many care givers including a niece Debbie Keeth, who has taken care of her for many years, that will miss her tremendously.
She is survived by grandchildren Shawn Ramson of Rogers, Arkansas, Shauna Duke of Oakhurst, California, Krista Duke of Oakhurst, California; great grandchildren Bentley, Pierce, and Ella Ramson, Courtney, Breeze, Billie and Emily; several nieces, nephews, and many other family members and friends.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; daughter Judith “Judy” Ragsdale Parsons; son Michael “Mike” Ramson; grandson Kenneth “Eddie” Duke; brother James “Buddy” Bocox.
Memorial service will be 1:00pm, Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the 1908 Gathering Place with Pastor Glenda Parton officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.