Carolyn Grubbs Hancock

Carolyn Grubbs Hancock, 97, of Conway, died Sunday, May 25, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her daughters’ love and care.

She was born February 5, 1917, in Lacey, to the late Nathaniel Greene Grubbs and Ida Belle Knowles Grubbs.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, James S. Hancock who died in 1995; brothers, Travis, Russell and Keith Grubbs; sister, Amine Grubbs Deal; and granddaughter, Karen Leigh Crossett.  

A lifelong Methodist, she was a homemaker and family caregiver who lived most of her life in Monticello, where she was a life member of Monticello Jr. Auxiliary and Chapter AB PEO. She moved to Conway in 1996 and continued her love of her church at Conway First United Methodist Church and the Gussie Scales Sunday School class, Chapter CA PEO, Twentieth Century Club, and bridge groups. Her family is blessed with countless Nana memories and lessons, as her hobbies included lifelong learning, gardening, needlework, cooking, and playing bridge, but mostly she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and constant gardener. The family would like to express deep appreciation to all who touched her life with care giving, including Dr. John Smith, her caregivers, and the staff of Arkansas Hospice.

Carolyn is survived by her two daughters, Hilda Malpica and husband, Larry, of Conway, and Becky Crossett and husband, Harry, of Batesville; grandchildren, Lauren Horton and husband, Tim, of Auburn, Ala., Allison Holton and husband, Curt, of Atlanta, Sarah Catherine Erstine and husband, Jon, of Maumelle, Scott Crossett and wife, Lisa, of Rogers, and Leah Crossett Cook and husband, Nathan, of Jonesboro; great grandchildren, Caroline Horton, Alex Holton, Jackson Horton, Audrey Holton, Ryan Cook, Amelia Erstine, John Michael Erstine, and Taylor Crossett; brothers, Calvin E. Grubbs and wife, Audie, of Garland, Texas, and Kelley D. Grubbs, of Monticello. 

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Conway First United Methodist Church. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.  

Memorials may be made to Monticello First United Methodist Church, Conway First United Methodist Church, Arkansas Hospice, or the James S. Hancock Endowed Nursing Scholarship at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Office of Advancement P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, Arkansas 71656. 

An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at

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Monticello, AR 71657

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Monticello, AR 71655

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