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Emma Gail (Blackwell) Grist
September 28, 1927  -  July 25, 2012


Emma Gail (Blackwell) Grist, 84 of Paris, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born on September 28, 1927 in Paris to her parents John Henry and Martha Ann Blackwell. She worked as a nurse at the Old Smith Hospital in Paris, Director of ARVAC Child Care for many years and was active in many community services projects.

Gail is preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha Blackwell; her husband Cecil Grist; her sisters Bertie Sue Sewell and Sharon Carol Woods; her brother John Henry Blackwell Jr. and her granddaughter Jordan Parish Grist.

Gail is survived by her two daughters, Chandra Rush and husband David of New Blaine and Lori Smith and husband Raymond of Paris; three sons Fred Grist of Paris, Reggie Grist and wife Donna of Paris and Wayne Grist and wife Christy of Paris; one brother Chester Koprovic of Fort Smith, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren April Grist of Charlottesville, Virginia, Rose Grist of Ashville, North Carolina, Tyson Rush of New Blaine, Arkansas, Chelsea Rush of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jeremy Grist and wife Sasha of Charleston, Arkansas, Emily Huff and husband Caleb of Panama City, Florida, Chance Kirchner of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Lacey Whitman of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jenna Grist of Paris, Arkansas, Sherry Smith-Potter and husband Jason of Kearney, Missouri and Barry Smith and wife Lindsey of Rogersville, Missouri; and eight great-grandchildren, Trace and Jacob Grist, Mason Huff, Chayse and Bayli Havens, and Trenton, Dane and Easton Smith.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., on Sunday July 29, 2012 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday July 30, 2012 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris with burial in Oliver Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook at

Pallbearers will be Derek Woods, Chad Woods, Danny Sewell, Mike Sewell, Rusty Blackwell and Reggie Grist.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Union School Heritage Center, 145 Schwartz Lane, Paris, AR 72855.

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