OBITUARY

Zena Beth Hastings

March 26, 1933January 24, 2019
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Zena Beth Venneberg Hastings, age 85 of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and long-time Bentonville resident, went safely into the arms of Jesus Thursday evening, January 24, 2019, at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Hastings was born March 26, 1933 in Hays, Kansas, the only daughter to Walter Fred and Lydia Elizabeth Venneberg. Zena is preceded in death by her husband William Dale Hastings, Sr; her daughter, Linda Sue Hastings Land; her parents, Walter and Lydia Venneberg; her brothers, Clarence, Roger and Jerry Venneberg; and a beloved daughter-in-law, Capitola Hastings. Zena Beth was a 1952 graduate of Bentonville High School. She married William on June 5, 1954 in Great Falls, Montana and they were married for 58 years at the time of William’s passing. Zena worked at RTW in Rogers for over 25 years. Among the things she loved the most were her precious grandchildren, playing the organ and watching Chip Gaines. Mom loved the HGTV channel and DAYSTAR. Every Sunday night at 7, she faithfully watched Rejoice in the Lord, an hour long program on the Campus Church of Pensacola, Florida. Mom loved this show because they were the only church she knew of who still used hymnals! Mom’s famous phrase: “I am a hugger” held true throughout her life. If you came to visit mom, you would not get to leave without a hug! While we miss her physical presence on this earth, our trust is in Christ alone and we know that we will see her sweet face again one day. Zena was a long time member of Lakeview Baptist Church, Cave Springs, Arkansas. Zena is survived by her two children, William Hastings, Jr., his wife, Jackie, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and by her daughter, Kathy Whelchel and her husband, Frank of Rogers. Most importantly of all are her precious grandchildren who she loved more than anything, Cory Hastings of Columbus, Kansas, Blake, Payton and Ayden Hastings of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Zachary Whelchel of Rogers, and Jessie Whelchel of Baton Rouge, Lousiana. Zena is also survived by a precious sister-in-law, Josie Venneberg; niece, Lisa Graham, her husband Darryl and their children, son Stephen, and daughter Stephanie and her daughter Serenity. Mom had so many friends who were like family to her especially Betty Milczarski, of Rogers, Mom’s very best friend in the whole world, who she loved like a sister and by Debbie and Jeff Moreland, with whom Mom shared a precious grandson, Blake. Zena also loved her four legged grandchildren, Baby Luna, Coco Chanel, Bo, Samson and Lilly very much. Visitation for Zena will be Thursday, January 31, 2019, from: 4-7:00pm at Lakeview Baptist Church in Cave Springs. Mom’s Memorial Service will be Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:00 am, also at the Church. Officiating are Rev. Johnny Harp, Rev. Pat Robinson, and Pastor Derry Birdsong. Zena will be laid to rest beside her husband William at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville. Our family would love to thank Lutheran Life Villages, Fort Wayne, Indiana for loving Mom and taking such good care of her while she was a resident there and to Visiting Nurse Hospice, especially Nurse Nan who was so precious to our mom. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. www.diabetes.org The American Diabetes Association was near and dear to mom’s heart. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Condolences may be expressed at www.RollinsFuneral.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 1, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
REMEMBERING

Zena Beth Hastings

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Linda Carr

February 9, 2019

It didn't matter who you are, when you met"Mom" , you immediately became family & were immediately hugged when you walked in the door & when you left & you lost count how many times she told you she loved you!!!

You are already missed! But we know that you are always with us watching over us all!!!! WE LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!

Lisa Venneberg-Graham

February 5, 2019

Aunt Beth was always so kind and loving. She hugged everyone even if she had just met him or her. She was always so positive and encouraging. "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24

I am thankful Aunt Beth made sure she had salvation from Jesus Christ.

My condolences to Kathy and her family and Willie and his family and Cory Dale.

Lisa Venneberg Graham

Wilma Engle

January 31, 2019

Our prayers are with all the family. We've had many good times with Dale & Beth through the years and Beth always was a great hostess when we went to visit - she made us feel right at home.
She now is free from all the trials and miseries of this world and safe in the arms of Jesus and rejoicing with those loved ones who've gone on before! We couldn't ask for anything better.
Kathy & Willie - thank you for your loving care of your mother. I know that isn't always easy.
We will all grieve the loss of having her here with us, but rejoice in the knowledge that we can be with her once again in heaven.
Wilma & Roy Engle and family

Jessie Whelchel

January 30, 2019

I miss you so much mamaw, thank you for being such a bright shining light in all of our lives.
Any time someone walked through your door you knew exactly what they needed. You were full of love and kindness and it overflowed to everyone around you. I miss your sweet smile and your warm hugs. Thank you for helping me blossom into the woman I am today. Also full of love and kindness for everyone around me. You taught me that everyone had their flaws, but everyone is just as deserving of love as the next. You were a wonderful, god fearing woman and a wonderful inspiration I will continue to look up to. I know you're looking out for all of us now and it comforts me to know that. I love you so much mamw, I wont ever forget the time we spent together. Thank you for everything you did for me and everyone else in your life. I hope you enjoy your never ending party in heaven!

josie venneberg

January 30, 2019

MY SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY. BETH IS NOW IN THE PRESENCE OF HER LORD AND SAVIOUR.
BETH WAS A VERY SPECIAL LADY (MY SISTER-IN-LAW) ALWAYS READY TO HELP IN ANY WAY SHE COULD AND NEVER SAW A STRANGER.
SHE WANTED A HUG EVEN IF SHE HAD JUST MET YOU.
SHE LOOKED FOR THE GOOD IN PEOPLE.
YOU DID NOT LEAVE HER HOME WITHOUT A HUG OR PRAYER OR BOTH.
SHE WILL BE MISSED .
GOD BLESS
JOSIE VENNEBERG

jack lawson

January 30, 2019

cathy and willie iam sorry to hear of your mothers passing. if you remember we share the same birthday. I am sorry I can'tmake it over, i'm not allowed to drive very far anymore had an accident knocked down a sign so my sister or my niece take me any long drives. I have a procedure on Friday at the va hospital. I will be thinking about you all ' I send my love to you ' and that gos for your damn cat too

Sandra Backstrom

January 30, 2019

To All The Hastings,

You had a wonderful lady in your family. I am very grateful that I got to spend time with her while I was at the U of A. I know how much she is missed.
Love,
Sandy

Melinda and John Strupp

January 29, 2019

To all The Hastings,
You have our heartfelt condolences. Life will not be as bright without Zena (Mom) in it! The laughs I shared with her. I miss her warm and loving heart already. May GOD give you all peace and comfort.
You are all very much LOVED! So sorry I can't be with all of you, I will be keeping you all in my prayers!

Hugs and Kisses, Melinda & John

Kathy Whelchel

January 29, 2019

To My Dearest Mom.
I am so grateful to have had the very best mom in the whole world. I'm going to miss our weekly talks and sending you cards in the mail. My heart is broken because you are not here, but I know exactly where you are and that I will see you again. I love you to the MOON AND BACK.
Love you.
Kathy

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