of Benton, AR
April 25, 1931 - October 5, 2020
Fern Dell Ausbrooks, 89, of Benton, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday afternoon, October 5, 2020. She was born in Austin, Arkansas on April 25, 1931 to Velous B. and Shirley F. Watts Cummins.Fern was known as a sweet, kind woman who never knew a stranger and had a big heart that was always ready to help anyone. She was of the Baptist faith and loved shopping, outings with friends, especially to Murray's Dinner Playhouse, and taking trips with her family. She experienced some particularly memorable vacations to Hawaii and also took a cruise to Alaska. Fern found a great joy in owning and operating Benton Plastercraft for 25 years, always presenting a warm, welcoming smile when greeting customers, to expressing her admiration and talent for painting and teaching painting classes. After retiring from Benton Plastercraft, she very shortly became an employee of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, serving as a Hostess for many years, greeting families at the door and being a shining light in their time of loss. She developed good relationships with anyone she worked with and especially a fellow Hostess, Janice Zolin. She will be missed but her memory will be cherished and her legacy will continue on through those who loved and cared for her. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents who raised her from a young age, Johny and Lula Cummins; her husband, Paul Ausbrooks; sons, Garry Ausbrooks and Ronnie Ausbrooks; grandson, BJ Ausbrooks, and great-great granddaughter, Juanita Ausbrooks.Fern is survived by her sons, Larry Ausbrooks and his wife, Pat, of Bryant, and Mike Ausbrooks and his wife, Andrea, of Sardis; her daughters, Kaye Tinkle and her husband, Stephen, of Cabot, and Teresa Garner and her husband, Garland, of Sardis; 14 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many other extended family members and friends. Visitation will be open to the general public on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton.A Funeral Service will be Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Smith- New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 75 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.
Paul and Fern raised 6 special children. I didn’t know Paul and Fern well but I know they were good people. Larry, Kaye, Teresa and Mike you are in my thoughts and prayers. Becky Lamb
I am so sorry for your loss..sending you all prayers..
My sympathy to the Ausbrooks family. Your mom was a very sweet lady who had a kind smile for everyone. Prayers for comfort and peace.
I'm so sorry to hear this. I just saw it, it's to late to come up, but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love your way. Jane Drennan
Charlotte, Mrs Rita Miller and I would like to send you our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother.
Terry wasn't raised in Sardis but I was and the Ausbrooks family lived here for many years. Some of you still live in Sardis. Back in the day Whippoorwill Road between Sardis and Styles Road was not called whippoorwill it was called Ausbrooks Road. We called roads after families that lived on roads in Sardis. I still call roads in Sardis our family nicknames youngin, don't know what roads I'm talking about but my age group does. We want the family to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. We all need help at times like this, if you need our help we are just a phone call away.
I was blessed to know Fern for many years. She was a lovely friend and will be missed by so many. Prayers for your family, wishing you peace.
My prayers are with the ones she left behind.
I have known and loved Fern since I was a teenager. We used to talk on the phone for long periods of time about everything, or nothing. I will miss her.To her family - I love all of you and stay in touch with me. Your Mom was a fine lady.The Lord has this all taken care of!
Sweet Fern, I'm not sure where I would be without all the times you said "Why sure you can..." Your legacy will absolutely live on, not only with the legacy you and Paul left behind, but with the time and love you put into all of us blessed enough to of called you "ours." Thank you for the all love, those weekend meals, heartfelt conversations and for always having my back. Those were some of the best years spent in the fox hole with you. You are finally home. We will see you when we get there. We love you. ~ Maddy and Christa.
Fern will always have a special place in my heart. Love you all Tonya and Lulu Knight