Merry Jean McCarty, 91 of Little Rock, and formerly of Fayetteville and Helena, passed away May 14, 2017.

Merry Jean McCarty, 91 of Little Rock, and formerly of Fayetteville and Helena, passed away May 14, 2017.

She was born Dec. 9, 1925 in Kensett, the daughter of Rawley E. and Inez Bryant Brines.

She leaves four children, Becky Dole and Holly Hiryak of Little Rock, Jack McCarty of Fayetteville, Tim McCarty of Redfield; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert “Eddie” Elliott McCarty Sr., a son, Robert “Robin” Elliott McCarty Jr., two brothers and a sister.

Merry Jean grew up in Kensett and Helena and attended Hendrix College in Conway. She married a hometown third generation jeweler in Helena and when time allowed, in between raising five rambunctious children, she helped manage Elliott’s Jewelry Store.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 19  at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville with Father Jason Tyler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Briarwood Nursing Center Staff Fund, second floor, 516 South Rodney Parham, Little Rock, AR 72205. The family would like to thank the staff of Briarwood Nursing Center for their compassion and love for mom over these past few years.

To sign the online guest book please visit www.nelsonberna.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.