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Born on Sept. 18, 1910, in Smallett Carrie Osburn Sellers was born on Sept. 18, 1910, in the Smallett, community, the daughter of James and Ada Andrews Osburn and sister to Thelma Osburn Haden. Due to the early death of her parents, she was lovingly raised by her Uncle Clarence and Aunt Mirtie Turner Osburn. She became a sister to their son, Austin.
Carrie received her early education at Walnut Grove School and attended Ava High School and lived with the Reynolds family. She met and fell in love with Raymond Sellers and they were married on Oct. 10, 193l, and spent almost 70 wonderful years together on their farm in the Smallett area. Three children became the lucky benefactors of this union: Bill and his wife, Ruth; LaVern and her husband, Ike Ashby; and Jerry and his wife, Karen.
Carrie was proud and thrilled with her 10 grandchildren, her 30 great-grandchildren and her one great-great-grandchild.
Her grandchildren are Gayle Wubbolding and David, Kris Norman and LeeAnn, Philip Norman and Linda, Kara Beth Crowell and Ron, Dr. Randall Sellers and Sandy, David Sellers and Marty, Leslie McCarthy and Ron, Laura Brinkman and Steve, Lisa Stinson and Ed, Eric Sellers and Becky. Three step-grandchildren are David Johnson, Kevin Johnson, and Kerri Berumen, She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Sue Lester, and some very special nieces and nephews: Katherine Haden, Darrell Haden, Loren Haden, Venita Haden Day, Nelson Sellers, Gary Sellers, Bob Sellers, Pamela Sellers Erjavec, Patsy Johnson Stuck, Jan Turner Shepard, Bob Turner and Sue Osburn Landsdown.
Carrie loved to be in charge and was very active with the Walnut Grove Cemetery Assoc., the annual school reunion and the annual Haden, Sellers and Kay family reunion. God so blessed her that at the age of 95, she was still living life at 100 miles per hour, living alone, gardening, growing flowers everywhere, playing cards with her much younger friends and playing the piano for her great-great-grandchildren. She was still kicking the soccer ball while wearing her dress and pearls.
Carrie has always been very active in the General Baptist Church and gave her life to Christ at a very early age. She was loved and admired by a multitude of friends. She turned loose of our hand on March 7, 2006 and grasped the hands of God and her husband, Raymond.
Services are Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Revs. Oren Alcorn and Tom Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Family requests memorials to the Walnut Grove Cemetery Association.