Louise Mattar Whidden of Hot Springs, Ark., died on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Mercy Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s and heart disease. She was 87.

She was born May 26, 1926 in Hot Springs, the daughter of Selim and Emily Mattar. Louise grew up in Hot Springs and spent summers in Oak Bluffs. She attended Lindenwood College, Oklahoma A&M and the University of Arkansas, where she studied social work. She worked for the Garland County social services for 30 years as a licensed social worker. After retirement, Louise was employed at Lakewood Home for 10 years.

Louise spent many summers growing up on the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs, where her father had a seasonal art gallery. In earlier years his store was on Circuit avenue where Linda Jean’s Restaurant is today.

She was a member of the Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday school class. She belonged to the Busy Bees Home Extension Club and the Emblem Club. Louise was also a member of the Friends of Garland County Library. She was an avid reader and she loved to travel.

Louise was predeceased in death by her parents; her brothers Elie and George Mattar; and one sister, Helen Alaimo. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 30 years, Glyn R. Whidden.

Survivors include one son, Steven Krueger; two grandchildren, Hilary and Steven, and their spouses Ray and Lisa. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Emily and Sean. Survivors also include numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Visitors may sign the guest book at grossfuneralhome.com.