Obituary: Martha Jean Wagner (03/23/22)


Martha Jean Wagner, 96, of Monticello, former Manila resident and widow of Jack Wagner, died of this life on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monticello. Born in the community of Milligan Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Hershel and Georgia Milligan Davis and graduated in 1943 from Manila High School. After high school, she received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas State University and began her life teaching high school English in the Manila and Gosnell school districts. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Manila. She loved to travel and after her retirement, she and her late husband, Jack, traveled around the country and Europe. Martha Jean was very artistic and enjoyed painting, quilting, sewing and cooking for her family and friends. She had been a resident of Monticello for four years. Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Michael Jack Wagner, and a grandson, Paul Jack Wagner.

Survivors include a grandson, Michael H. Wagner, and his wife, Andi, of Monticello; five great-grandchildren, Katlyn Wagner, Paul Michael Wagner, Micah Wagner Carter, Presley Jean Wagner, Jack Thomas Wagner and two great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind two very special caregivers, Ruthie Rochelle and Vanessa Binns.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at First United Methodist Church in Manila with Reverend Tony Huffman and Reverend Jason Sutfin officiating. Interment will follow at Manila Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until time of service.

The active holders will be Paul Michael Wagner, Tony Crowell, JP Baugher, Jerry Hitchcock and Joey Crowell. The honorary bearers will be Wayne Wagner, Wes Wagner, Tommy Wagner, Gary Baugher and Craig Costner. The family would like to thank Grand Manor in Monticello for the exceptional care provided to Martha Jean. The family also prefers memorials to be returned to the First United Methodist Church in Manila. Friends can sign the Guest Registry online at


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