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Jan Reinhardt Guthrie

January 26, 1944 December 7, 2020
Jan Reinhardt Guthrie
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Mrs. Jan Reinhardt Guthrie, 76, of Conway, AR died on Monday, December 7, 2020 after contending with a rare cancer for over 37 years. She was born January 26, 1944 in Mena, AR to the late Ora Belle and Bill Reinhardt.

She is preceded in death by her parents and by Jon Guthrie of Conway, AR.

She is survived by her children Paul (Susan) Guthrie of Louisville, KY and Holly (Mike) Martin of Portsmouth, OH; grandchildren Eva Guthrie, Anna Guthrie and Matthew Hill; one brother Bill (Susi) Reinhardt of Hot Springs, AR and one sister/cousin Virginia (Phil) Wilson of Fayetteville, AR.

She was a mother, grandmother, teacher, entrepreneur, runner, hiker, outdoor photographer and a lover of nonsense, fun, and life, in general. She found great joy in the simple pleasures of everyday life.

Jan was a graduate of Hendrix College and received a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

She served as Team Leader in the Teacher Corps at Menifee and said the experience left a mark on her soul. She befriended the poor all her life.

She was also an instructor in Special Education at the University of Arkansas, science teacher at the Cadron School, co-manager of the Campus Center at Hendrix College, and Director of the University for Youth program for gifted students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

In 1983 at age 39 after being diagnosed with a rare type of ovarian cancer, she established The Health Resource, a small international medical service, which provided persons with medical problems customized reports on state-of-the-art treatments and top specialists. She and her innovative services were featured in scores of national magazines including Reader’s Digest, Forbes, and Ladies’ Home Journal. Jan was names one of the 25 top influential Arkansas in healthcare by AETN in 2007.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faulkner County Library in Conway, AR or the Faulkner County Animal Shelter.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 910 Walnut Street, Conway, AR. “IN YOUR TIME OF NEED…WE CARE.”

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