Arleta Mae Ford
August 02, 1937 - April 12, 2021
Arleta Mae Ford, age 83, of Webb City, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Arleta was daughter of the late Fount and Bertha (Myers) Frederick and born on August 2, 1937 in Fayetteville, AR. On June 21, 1957, she was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) C. Ford in Arkansas.
As they raised their children, Bob honorably served his country in the military while Arleta was a stay-at-home military wife and the matriarch that kept the family together. She was a licensed cosmetologist and an avid bowler. Later in life, Arleta and Bob enjoyed their free time playing BINGO, going to the casino and eating at the Golden Corral. She enjoyed sewing and cooking but most of all, she loved her family. She enjoyed the company of her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a great mom and a very involved and proud grandma whose grandchildren brought great joy to her life. She will be deeply missed and forever in the hearts of her dear family.
Arleta is survived by the love of her life and husband of sixty-four years, Bob Ford, of Webb City; children, Rodney Ford (Jennifer), of Lakeland, FL, Ricky Jones (Pam) of AZ, Debbie Baugh (Shawn) of Carthage, Rocky Ford (Eileen) of Granby and Bridget Yust (Rob) of Webb City; siblings, David Frederick, Don Frederick, Linda Frederick, and Dennis Frederick; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Randy Ford, and one brother, Dale Frederick.
Private family gathering will take place on the morning of Friday, April 16, 2021.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.