Lena Irene Gregory, 88, of Ft. Smith, AR (formerly of Poteau, OK) passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Ft. Smith. Lena was born November 20, 1927 in Poteau to Grover Cleveland & Johnnie Irene (Mobley) Peck. She was worked in banking in Poteau as Vice President. Lena was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard on June 17, 2013; sisters, Gertie Blevins & Leta Kirkley; brothers, Owen, Harold, Mel & Buck Peck.
My most precious mama went to be with Jesus yesterday on June 15 at about 12:30 pm. She was absolutely my everything; the first person I spoke to in the morning and the last person at night - for many years. So my tears aren't for her because I know where she is. However, I will miss her everyday of my life from this time forward. Chapel Ridge Nursing Home did a beautiful job taking care of her. Darnell was her special aide and treated her like she was his own mother. Also the nurses Jenny, Tiffany and many more made sure we were both well-loved. So, see you later mama - I will try to make you proud of me while I'm still here. Also I don't want to forget my pastors, her wonderful friends; they were so faithful about checking on us each day to see if there was anything that we needed and prayed with us each and every time. My mother loved them with her whole heart.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Dutton of Ft. Smith, AR; grandchildren, Ray II & Pam Dutton of Ft. Smith, Keith & Tina Dutton of Grants Pass, OR; 7 great grandchildren, Mikala, Keith II, Trey, Katelynn, Jakob, Justin & Orion Dutton; 3 sisters, Lillian Folsom of Talihina, OK, Irene Johnson of Ft. Gibson, OK, Mae Moss of Birmingham, AL; special sister in law, Lucille Gregory of Poteau, OK & special brother in law, Ralph Gregory; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with Rev. Mike Franklin & Rev. Steve Stewart officiating. Pallbearers will be Bill Fant, Richard Peck, Mike Pope, Roy Culverson, Ray Dutton II, and Gary Johnson.