Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR


Helen McClendon

August 20, 1930June 27, 2019

Helen McClendon, 88, of Hot Springs, passed peacefully surrounded by family June 27, 2019. Helen was greeted in Heaven by her parents, C.U. and Minnie Davis; husband, Ray McClendon; and her son, Tommy McClendon.

Known to many as “Big Momma,” Helen’s love for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren was huge. Cherishing her memory are her daughters Nancy McClendon and Sonja Key; grandchildren Daniel McClendon, Wendy McClendon, and Alicia Olson; six great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Ray McClendon, Husband
  • Nancy McClendon, Daughter
  • Tommy McClendon, Son
  • Helen was also the proud grandmother to Daniel McClendon, Wendy McClendon, and Alicia Olson. She had six great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, July 1, 2019


Helen McClendon

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Susan Schwartz

June 29, 2019

I love you big mama, you’re such a wonderful lady and so very welcoming, Hayevn and I always love visiting you and you made us feel so special! Thank you for all the visits and all the wonderful fresh vegetables that you always sent home with me. I can see you now in your beautiful garden in heaven. Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and especially for your daughter Nancy who is been my best friend of over 20 years! I know you are rejoicing with being reunited with Daddy Mac!

Carrie Sanders (Mcclendon)

June 29, 2019

She made the best sweet tea! Loved her bunches

Jim-Gina Andrews

June 29, 2019

We will forever remember you working in your garden or around the yard. May you enjoy your Heavenly garden now. May you stop and smell every beautiful flower. Rest in peace sweet lady!