Johnece Choate, 80
Johnece Dillinger Choate, 80, died Aug. 8, 2019, at Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas, surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
She was born March 23, 1939, in Viola, Arkansas, the daughter of John and Creecy Rand Dillinger.
Mrs. Choate spent a great part of her life as an Army wife, a role that involved traveling and living in many states and in Germany. But she always expressed the desire to eventually return to the beloved state where she was born. So, after her husband’s retirement, she returned to Arkansas in 1989. She also lived in Gainesville for a while. She worked as a waitress, bartender and photo processor. She also worked as a retail clerk at 101 Sales in Lakeview, Arkansas, for 14 years until her retirement in 2010. She was a friend to everyone she came into contact with, ready to share a hug with friends, relatives or strangers. She was known for her heart of gold and her belief in seeing the good in every person lucky enough to cross her path. She touched many people in her lifetime, and she will be greatly missed. Her religious affiliation was with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Survivors include her daughters, JoAnna Kimball and husband Bill, Connie Flowers Mead, and Karen Choate; five grandchildren, Vance Jones, Kristi Hutton and husband Pip, Kaci Queen and husband Braden, Jeff Flowers, Sara Markovich, Jonathan Razcynski and wife Bri; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Justin Gregory Jones; her soulmate and husband, William Choate; five brothers and sisters and husbands Mike Caviness and Fred “Sonny” Grueber.
Burial will be in the family plot at Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth, Arkansas. Online condolences may be expressed at kirbyandfamily.com.
Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Mountain Home.