Dena Faye Lancaster

March 27, 1959May 6, 2019

Dena Faye Lancaster, age 60, of Sherwood, passed away May 6, 2019, at her home. She was born March 27, 1959, in Riverside, California, to William and Anita Wilson. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Dianne Farquhar. Dena was a registered nurse and worked as a case manager at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for 34 years. She loved her family, animals, being outdoors and enjoyed walking and trout fishing. Dena was active in the community and supported the Sherwood sharks swim team for many years. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Spencer Lancaster; three children, Kelsey (Asa) Shnaekel of Little Rock, Savannah Lancaster and Skyler Lancaster, both of Sherwood; her parents of Sherwood; sister, Darla Wilson of North Little Rock; three sisters-in-law, Dana Allen of Harpenden, England, Shawn Peyton and Mindy Lancaster, both of Jonesboro; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Deanne Lancaster of Jonesboro; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills in North Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sherwood Animal Shelter. To share a memory of Dena with her family visit


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


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Cindy Adams

May 11, 2019

I first met Dena years ago when I started working for Hospice. She and I worked together coordinating the transition of Hospice patients from the hospital to the inpatient or home setting on the weekend . She was so helpful to me, teaching me the ropes and supporting me however she could. She gave much attention and compassion to the patients and their families. For years I talked to or saw Dena almost every weekend . She ALWAYS was so sweet, encouraging and uplifting. She was just one of those people that warms your heart, lifts your spirit and puts a smile on your face. As my work position changed over the past year I have not seen or talked to Dena on a regular basis. I missed her. Then this past Saturday I received the call from her about her own mother. Once again we were working together........this time to get her sweet momma home. We made it! That night I spent a couple of hours with Dena, her parents and other family. During this very difficult time as I was there to help and support her mother and family, Dena once again was filling my soul. We shared countless kind words and hugs before I left that night. As I was leaving the front porch that night she hugged me again and said "I love you". I thought of that on my ride home with tears in my eyes for the sorrow she and her family were going through, my heart warmed, my spirit lifted and a smile on my face. I pray that I always touch others in the special way that she did. I am so thankful that God blessed me with knowing her. Continued prayers for her family.

Danielle Smith-Johnson

May 11, 2019

Dena was a sweet, loving, and selfless person. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with her on many weekends at Baptist-Little Rock. She was so detailed in her work, and she would always leave you her notes (with all her doodling on it :-)) to let you know what was done. I can’t say that I ever witnessed her mad or matter what the situation she was wearing a smile and handled it with grace. The case coordination department will never be the same. She will definitely be missed. My sincerest condolences to her family during this time.

Lori Camp

May 10, 2019

Dena was the kindest, sweetest person you could meet. I’ve worked with her throughout the years at Baptist. My condolences to her family and loved ones. She will be missed.

Shawn Marie Paul

May 10, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you much. Shawn Marie (Wanda Edwards Jones granddaughter).

Dena Sherman

May 9, 2019

Dena was a bright shining light to the world! We teased each other that the other didn’t pronounce their name right! She said she had spent years correcting staff at BHLR to pronounce her name Den-ah. Then I came along with the same spelling and pronounced it Dee-nah and messed up years of training! She was my coworker and then became my ortho pt but from the beginning a smiling, happy friend! Dena was loved so deeply at BHLR. She has left a hole that will not be filled! May you rest in peace beautiful! Love to you and your family! Dena Sherman.

Julie Stoll

May 9, 2019

Worked with Dena at Baptist Medical Center. Knew her well and thought highly of her. She was a dear, sweet person and a terrific nurse.

Missy Riley

May 9, 2019

Dena, was the kindest,sweetest most caring person it has been privilege to know. Her positive spirit was infectious and made all who crossed her path a better for it. She freely shared her knowledge, and caring with all she came in contact with. You will be forever loved and forever missed my sweet friend. Rest in peace. May God above wrap your precious family in love peace and his grace

Jennifer Elliott

May 9, 2019

Dena was an absolutely lovely person. She always had a smile on her face, always so nice and friendly. She was the kind of person that you wanted as a co-worker! Her passing is devastating to all who love and respect her. She is admired by so many at Baptist Health. Anytime I worked a weekend, I knew whatever complex situation presented itself, that Dena would know what to do and how to handle it. She was an extraordinary case manager. Her job was not easy but she knew how to handle anything and everything. She was more than happy to help guide and help her co-workers get through many challenging situations. She will be missed terribly! May God wrap His arms around her family and provide understanding. With much love and respect I offer my deepest condolences.

Clydine Pennington

May 9, 2019

Alan, Kelsey and Asa, Savannah, Skyler.....I truly have no words adequate to express how my heart aches for you at this time. Dena was an amazing lady who always had more to give. I was so blessed to have spent hours with her when she was there checking on Dianne. Her calm demeanor was a comfort to all and her spot can never be filled. My prayers are for all of you to remember the joyful times and that you remember to share those with each other and with her friends. May God wrap each of you in His loving arms and give you comfort and reassurance as you go through this difficult time. My love to all of you.

Diane Harper

May 9, 2019

Dena and I bonded at work over our shared past as military brats. She talked about her close friends from the air base in Florida that she still got together with and with whom she stayed in close contact. She was immensely proud of her family and was looking forward to her fishing trip. She was in pain about her mom’s illness - this we shared in common as well. Dena always brightened the room and was curious about everyone else’s life. Her generous spirit and positive attitude were infectious. It made working on a weekend bearable because I knew Dena would be there to Captain the ship. I loved her and will miss her. Rest in Love dear one.