Lou Ann Tisdale

Obituary Notice

Lou Ann Tisdale, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Born March 8, 1914 in Hazen, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Cecil Ann and Fred K. Smith and sister to Jake C. Smith, who have preceded her in death. 

Lou Ann was an accomplished dancer who taught children and adults ballet, tap and jazz in various studios over her 40 year teaching career. Prior to the death of her husband of 60 years, J. Henry Tisdale, in 1992, they enjoyed traveling, making many extensive trips to several foreign countries. 

Following the death of their only daughter, Joy Ann Tisdale, in 1976, Lou Ann and Henry adopted and raised Joy's two children. She is survived by them: Deborah Tisdale Papaeconomou, husband Lambros, daughter Olga Anna and son Dimitrios of Athens, Greece, and William Lyon Grant, wife Cory, and sons, Liam and Fergus of Little Rock. Other survivors include nieces Deede Phelps and husband Robert, of Little Rock and Debbie Nichols and husband Clyde of Harrison; nephew John Tisdale and wife Cindy, also of Little Rock. Additionally, she is survived by ten great grandnieces and nephews and many great-great grand nieces and nephews. A host of loving friends from her home in Presbyterian Village, and her Church home, Second Presbyterian, both in Little Rock, also mourn her. 

Lou Ann will be remembered as a cheerful, thoughtful and giving person whose faith sustained her through many health challenges. Her kindness and concern for others were admired by all who knew her; especially her caregivers and many devoted friends who were attracted by her gentle nature an unfailing positive attitude. She possessed an exceptional spirit for life, which she demonstrated through non-judgmental, unconditional love. She was greatly loved and admired and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Pinecrest Memorial Garden in Bryant. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M. at Presbyterian Village followed by a reception. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Lou Ann's name to the Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

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