Lois Elizabeth Sanford Willett
June 14, 1928 - January 7, 2020

Lois Elizabeth Sanford Willett of Jonesboro, AR, passed away January 7, 2020 at the age of 91. She was born June 14, 1928, in Shreveport, LA to the late Willie R. and Willie Mae (Moore) Sanford. Born and raised in Shreveport, she also previously lived in St. Louis, MO, Dallas, TX, Nashville, TN, Daytona Beach, FL, Galveston, TX, and Houston, TX. She is survived by her sweet husband of 49 years, Harold Willett, and beloved daughters Karen French and Connie (Aubrey) Antilley of Jonesboro, and Anita French of Atlanta, GA. She was preceded in death by her beloved son Ken French. Lois had eleven grandchildren – Dennis, Donald and Daniel Washington, Brandon Smith and Krystle Harold, Justin Langford, David and Jennifer Giddings, Danny Antilley, Leanna Usher and Mia Gagel – plus 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Lois was known for her outgoing personality, witty sense of humor, sharp business skills, her flair for fashion, and her generous spirit. She had a passion for Jesus Christ, word and board games, old school NASCAR racing, shopping therapy, lively piano playing, trendy interior decorating, and listening to music of all kinds. She loved her husband and family, which included three siblings, sisters Betty Chandler and husband Paul (both deceased) of Shreveport, LA, and Frances Jenisch and husband Steve, of Blanchard, LA, and brother Billy Sanford (widower of Carol) of Nashville, TN. She also dearly loved her many nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Lois made many beloved friends through the years and considered Jonesboro her home since 2004. Her final months were spent happily at South Wind Heights retirement community. Lois was a homemaker and businesswoman who was the first female typesetter in Nashville, TN. She has held career positions as a fashion buyer in Dallas, licensed tax preparer, creative writer, City Council candidate in Daytona Beach, and executive secretary to the Shreveport Police Commissioner. Her property rental tenants consider she and Harold to be the best landlords in town. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 13, 2020, at 2 PM at First Christian Church at 2600 Woodsprings Rd, Jonesboro, officiated by Minister Don Martin. Visitation starts at 1 PM. Faith Funeral Service is handling arrangements and providing a Guest Registry at www.faithfuneralservice.net. Burial will be at Pine Log Cemetery in Brookland, AR.

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01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

First Christian Church
2600 Woodsprings Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72401

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January 13, 2020
02:00 PM

First Christian Church
2600 Woodsprings Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72401

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  1. Tamara Jamison, Jonesboro, AR says

    Mrs. Willett was a big deal at our office. I always looked forward to seeing her fashions and accessories. She was always so well put together from head, to fingernail polish, to toe. She was a bright light shining in a very dark world. Mrs. Willett will truly be missed by many. Tamara Jamison Jones & Company

  2. Nancy Trice, Jonesboro says

    Will miss that smile and our Nascar talks. Loce tou

  3. Laura Tribble, Bono, Ar says

    We loved Ms. Lois! She was such an inspiration to anyone who met her. I wish I had another day just to talk and see her, that shows you can not count on tomorrow, life gets too busy. The whole family is in our prayers, who we love also. She is no longer in pain and having the time of her life up there dancing and singing. We will never forget her.

  4. Ginny Tubbs , Jonesboro says

    So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great person!! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!! Love you.

  5. Jennifer Giddings, Jonesboro says

    I love you so much Grandmaw! You will always be in my heart and I know you are in the presence of the Lord. You are dancing and no longer in pain! When I graduate, I know you'll be smiling down on me. I love you!!!!

  6. Pat Dacus, Jonesboro, AR says

    I will miss talking with my dear friend and seeing her out shopping. She was a beautiful hip lady that we loved. She will forever be a part of my heart.

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