of Little Rock, AR
September 7, 1922 - November 19, 2020
Elizabeth Walker Rather, age 98, of Little Rock and formerly of Hot Springs and Union City, TN, died November 19, 2020. She was born on September 7, 1922, in Dallas, TX to Nannie Dudley Barrow and Douglas and Bonita Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband (1994) of 56 years, Walter L. Rather of Hot Springs, a son, W. Douglas Rather (2014) of Rogers, an infant son, Walter D. Rather and brothers, Louis J. and Dudley F. Nicolosi of Plaquemine, LA.She is survived by her son, John D. Rather (Rebecca) of Little Rock; daughter-n-law, Shirley Rather of Rogers; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Elizabeth managed the gift shops at Quachita Hospital and National Park Hospital Auxiliaries in Hot Springs for many years and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers at Good Shepherd Nursing Home and Michelle Diane Cole. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Nursing and Rehab Center, 3001 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or to the church or charity of your choice.Elizabeth will be buried in a private family graveside service at a later date.
Rest In peace, Nana. ❤️ Many thanks to the caring staff at Good Shepherd nursing home.
John and Family, So sorry to hear of the death of your beautiful , beloved Mother. We are wishing for peace for the family and our prayer's.Ina Sanders and familyclass of 62
John, please accept our deepest condolences during this particularly sad time for you and your family. Thinking of you and I'm sure you had a wonderful lifetime of memories and terrific times with your Mom. Bless you.Steve
What a lovely, classy lady!Johnny and Becky, I hope you all are doing okay.My thoughts and prayers are with you!
She was my sweet friend Elizabeth & I loved her dearly.We met @ Quachita Hospital in 1981 & have kept in touch ever since.I shall always remember her beautiful smile that radiated her face & lovely blue eyes.Until we meet again Elizabeth,I love you more(I always ended our phone calls with this).
I got to know Mrs Rather when I started at OMH. My son has disability with walking and he didn’t have an electric wheelchair at this time. David had a big foot truck that he would to go to the therapy dept at OMH. He would come through the front door and stop and see the switchboard operators then to the gift box and see Mrs Rather. She always had a candy bar for him. Then down the hall blowing his horn to everyone Once he finished the therapy back down the hall blowing his horn to the business office ladies. Then back to the gift box to see Mrs Rather and another cant bar Before leaving he would see the switchboard operators. Jump now to 1985 and David has a electric wheelchair and he wanted to go see Mrs Rather. Now we are at the new hospital National Park Medical Center and to the gift box he went to see Mrs Rather and get his candy bar. This time he got to show how good he could drive through the halls. She always asked about about David and talked about his battery powered truck when he was driving through OMH and now he gets through on his new chair watching him smile all the way down the halls of NPMC. All of who got to know her will miss her.
Thank you to all the nurses and doctors at Good Shepherd and to all of her pen pals for keeping up with her all these years. How she loved to write letters!Nana will be very missed. Nicole Capri
To John and family, I so enjoyed my time with ‘Miss Elizabeth’ while she was my neighbor. My goodness, what a lovely lady! And fun, too! She is missed. Blessings to you and family. Sincerely, Pam Fain
Mrs. Rather was a kind and gentle lady but so strong too. She was my ride to choir practice at Westminster when I was a teenager. I enjoyed so much that time with her. She wrote me a letter when she was living in Tennessee and I keep that letter among my treasures. She was always and will always be kept in my heart. She was a special person.
We were all fortunate to have known Mrs.Rather. What a nice family to hold good memories close. I won’t ever forgetMy friend Doug. Love to John and Shirley and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You’re hot springs fan club
I have such wonderful memories of living next door to Mr. and Mrs. Rather on Shady Grove Road. Such wonderful neighbors and friends. God bless!