Edwards Funeral Home


Mary Beth Hoffsommer

17 May, 194121 April, 2021

Mary Beth Hoffsommer, 79, of Barling, Arkansas, passed from this life April 21, 2021 in Barling. She was born May 17, 1941, in Clarksville, Arkansas, to Robert and Maxie Warren Gray. A lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mary Beth was active in several programs supported by the church such as The Sack Lunch Program and the Buck A Book Room. Mary Beth was an active member of the choir, not only at St. John’s but also Christ the King Catholic Church. She retired, after 34 years of service, as a Medical Transcriptionist, from Sparks Regional Medical Center. She then took a few days off, and was right back to work, for the next 13 years, having the same responsibilities with Mercy Hospital.

Mary Beth is survived by her daughter Mary Shannon Jennings and her husband Ken of San Antonio, Texas, and their children Grayson, Landon and Malia; her son Chris Hoffsommer and his wife Heather of Van Buren, and their children Bailey, Ashleigh, Dakota and Brooke; and her brother Robert Gray and his wife Patti of Barling. She was preceded in death by her parents.


  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Almost Home Shelter & Rescue



  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, 27 April , 2021


  • Inurnment will follow the Memorial Service


Mary Beth Hoffsommer

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Terry Cook

3 May 2021

My condolences to Mary Beth’s family for their loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Mary Duerr

28 April 2021

So sorry for your loss. Knew Mary from choir at Christ the King and from medical transcription community, even though we never worked at the same place.

Renee McHone

26 April 2021

Growing up Shannon and I were inseparable... and usually we were at her house (across the street from mine). Mary was like a second mom to me and a good friend to my mom, Rita. Mary opened the door to medical transcription to me. She even let me borrow her first medical dictionary when I started in 1996 because books were expensive and the internet wasn’t invented yet. I love you, Mary... and even though we didn’t get to catch up often, I will miss you!

Kathy Hurst

25 April 2021

So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort in the days ahead.