Jean Carrigan, October 14, 1925~March 12, 2017

Jean Carrigan, age 91, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville. She was born October 14, 1925, in Elkins, AR, to Fannie and Ezra Carrigan.  She was preceded in death by her brother, W.A. Carrigan, and three sisters, Irene Tillery, Millie Wentz, and Nell Greenquist.

Jean retired from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville after 37 years as operating room supervisor and infection control nurse. Jean was the recipient of the prestigious Hands and Heart Award, presented by the administrator of the VA Hospital for “consistently providing emotional support, help, and guidance to patients far beyond the call of duty.” Jean earned her RN degree from Charity Hospital in New Orleans and her BSRN degree from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She also attended the University of Arkansas.

Jean was an unparalleled supporter of the Razorbacks football and women’s and men’s basketball teams, holding season tickets and faithfully attending all games on campus, as well as tournaments and bowl games. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, and Washington Reional Medical Center, where she spent years as the surgical waiting room volunteer. After moving to BTV, she continued her volunteering by accompanying residents to medical appointments and taking tickets in the dining room.

Jean assisted in the establishment and chartering of Sequoyah United Methodist Church and became the first member.  She was always faithful to her church by her loyal attendance and her participation in whatever job needed to be done.

Jean described herself as a Christian, a Methodist, an Arkansas Razorback, and a Democrat.

Jean is survived by one sister, Rada Mae Carter, also of BTV, and by a host of nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly: Mike and Carol Tillery, Roy and Gwen Tillery, Elaina, Christian, William, Samuel, and Ayden, Elkins; Robert Wentz, Tuie and Lucy Wentz, Susan Wentz, Billy Wentz, Pat and Beth Wentz, Union, SC; Gerry and John McGowen, Tacoma, WA; John and Jenny McGowen, Jack and Will, Hinsdale, IL; Pam and Doug Wiewel, Kathryn and Daniel Williams, Quincy, IL; Jo and Steve Wilson, Norfork, AR; Stephanie and Paul Wilson-Scott, Rowe, Beck, and Sujina, Albuquerque, NM; Josh Wilson, Fayetteville; John Carter, Mooresville, NC; Jimmy Carter, Elkins; Jeanie and Dave Hammack, Jack, Henry and Sam Sallee, Elkins; Sandy Greenquist, St. Paul, MN; Hilary, Mira, and Cooper Caligiuri, Minneapolis, MN; Justice and Joanna Lindell, Viola and J. Oliver, Eagan, MN; Terry and Stephanie Greenquist, Dylan Greenquist, Avery and Dave Walsh, Virginia Beach, VA; Taylor and Brittany Greenquist, Nashville, TN; and many more great and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as very special friends Frances Pelton and Hilda Turner.

A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Convocation Room at BTV, 1932 E. Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville.  The service will be led by Rev. Sara Pair of Sequoyah United Methodist Church.

Memorials in Jean’s honor may be made to Sequoyah United Methodist Church, 1910 N. Old Wire Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72703, or to Butterfield Trail Village Foundation (Birds and Wildlife Fund), 1932 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72703.


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    Patsy Banks & Bettie Miller » 14. Mar, 2017

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss..our hearts are with your family during this difficult time. Someone so special can never be forgotten.

    Love, Patsy Carter-Banks and Bettie Carter-Miller and our families.

    Ms Allison » 14. Mar, 2017

    Sorry for the loss of your love one. John 5:28, 29 assures Jesus will restore life to those who has died. Revelation 21:3, 4 gives further assurances death will be swallowed up forever. This is a comforting thought knowing your loved one is in God’s memory. Hope this thought brings comfort.

    Carole Cheatham Crow » 14. Mar, 2017

    I know few people that did so much good in this world, yet was so quiet and unassuming about it all. I’m so happy that Leo and I were privileged to know her. Condolences to the many whose lives she touched, particularly her U. of Arkansas friends and her nieces and nephews. Earth’s loss, heaven’s gain.

    cleon & Fleeta Gentry » 16. Mar, 2017

    our sympathy to Jean’s family-Cleon, w
    as a graduate pf Elkins High school,class of 1943, with Jean- we have many fond memories of reunions at Elkins. Cleon is mostly a shut-in- health problems- we also shared lots of Razorback Basket Ball games- where she hung the flags when a ‘three” was made .