Jeretta Clark Hardwick

March 30, 1937July 31, 2018

Her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ opened the doors of heaven today, July 31, 2018 to welcome Jeretta Clark Hardwick, of Bentonville, AR, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She entered heaven’s gates surrounded by family at home, under loving, compassionate care by Circle of Life Hospice, Bentonville.

We are all very blessed to have had her in our lives. She was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, and Gran to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She gave her life to the Lord as a young girl and walked with Him all the days of her life and created a strong Christian legacy for her family.

Jeretta was the daughter of Clifton and Sybel Clark. She was born March 30, 1937, in Erick, Oklahoma. She met the love of her life, Horace, at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX, and they were joined in marriage June 29, 1956, in Oklahoma City. They have traveled the world together and had countless adventures. Horace’s work took them from Dallas to Little Rock, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, Kansas City, and Mexico City, finally settling in Bentonville in 1989.

In Bentonville, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Circle of Life Hospice Ladies Auxiliary, “Angels Paying It Forward”, and was Co-Chair with her husband of the Capital Campaign of Benton County to raise funds to build a Circle of Life home in Bentonville. She was an active member of the Bentonville Garden Club and the PEO Chapter V. Some of her happiest times were spent in working in her garden.

Jeretta was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenneth. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Horace; their children and spouses Kevin (Laura) Hardwick of Bulverde, TX, and their daughters Ciana and Ekkarach Inthanom of Phuket, Thailand, and Terra Hardwick of Baton Rouge, LA; Kim (Greg) Mertes of Bentonville, AR, and their children Jessica and Justin Kilgo of Rogers, AR, and Justin and Sara Mertes of Kansas City, MO; and Kirk (Tracey) Hardwick, and their children Luke, Landon, Lacey Lynn and Genevieve Hardwick of Dallas, TX. Her great-grandchildren are Aerina & Kaella Inthanom, with another sibling on the way, and Adeline Mertes and her soon to be born sister. There will be a visitation gathering at Callison-Lough funeral home, on August 2, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30. A celebration of her life will be on August 3, 2018 at Cross Church, Rogers, at 10:00. The celebration will be officiated by Mickey Rapier, Jim Arkins and Bob McCaslin. A private family graveside service will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Circle of Life Hospice, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR, 72712.


  • Kirk Hardwick
  • Kevin Hardwick
  • Landon Hardwick
  • Luke Hardwick
  • Greg Mertes
  • Justin Mertes
  • Justin Kilgo

  • Circle of Life Hospice


  • Visitation Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 3, 2018

Jeretta Clark Hardwick

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Randy Koontz

August 2, 2018

Deanna and I were very blessed as a newly married couple to somehow be invited to Horace and Jeretta's Crown Ministry group. That was in the early 1990's and we were fortunate to remain in touch with them over the last 25 years. Please accept our sincere condolences and sympathy. Jeretta was one of those rare people who truly brought joy by her presence in any setting.

God Bless,
Randy & Deanna

Becky Zajicek

August 2, 2018

I had the privilege of getting to know Horace and Jeretta during the two years I served as Executive Assistant to Mary McKinney at Circle of Life in Springdale.

I, just like many others, thought very highly of both Horace and Jeretta and admire their many accomplishments - both personal and professional.
I so enjoyed witnessing their love for each other and for the Lord.

Horace, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Heaven just received a new star and there is indeed rejoicing.

Love - Becky Zajicek

Zelda Odom

August 1, 2018

I mourn with the the whole family over the passing of my awesome, dear friend, Jeretta! We had a special bond and enjoyed so many wonderful memories. We loved shopping together, helping each other with making the right decision on a good deal... and if an outfit really looked “cute”! We could mostly beat our men in a game of canasta.... knowing just when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. We shared our many joys and any concerns we might have. We supported each other in laughter, love and prayers.
Jeretta was such a classy lady, yet, so down to earth. To know her was to love her. I hold close all the great memories we made in our 30+ years of friendship..
I rejoice with her in going to her brand new home.
Horace, and family, Charles and I are saddened by your loss. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
May God surround you with love and give you His peace!
Zelda Odom