Ardia Horton – Jan. 27, 1950 – Oct. 20, 2023

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Ardia Annette Croom Horton, a beloved mother, wife, and friend, passed away on Oct. 20, 2023. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Mercer Brothers of Jackson,followed by a gravesite celebration at 1:15 p.m. at Montezuma CME Cemetery. A repast at Estes Church of Christ will begin shortly thereafter. All who knew and loved her are welcome to attend and share their cherished memories. The family is grateful for the support and love shown by friends and well-wishers during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society and/or NAACP.
She was born on Jan. 27, 1950 to Claude Edward Croom and Ardia Inetha Harbour Croom in Montezuma. Throughout her life she embodied strength, compassion, and unwavering love for her family and friends. Her legacy is a testament to a life well-lived, defined by a deep sense of kindness and devotion.
She married Reggie Horton of Fulton, Miss., in 2018. They enjoyed traveling and attending galas, and were strong supporters of the DAV.
As a mother, she was the cornerstone of her family. Her nurturing presence provided unwavering support, comfort, and love to her daughter, Ardia Patryce Baker. She took great pride in watching her grow, instilling values, and creating a warm and loving home.
She had a magnetic personality that drew people towards her. She had a unique ability to make everyone she met feel special and valued. Her infectious laughter and warm smile will forever be etched in the memories of those who had the privilege of knowing her.
She was an avid cook, florist, gardener (with a mean green thumb), and interior designer at heart. In addition, she was a member of First Street Church of Christ, Eastern Star, and a founding member of a distinct group called The Golden Girls: Velma, Ruby, Brenda, and Ethel. Her zest for life was an inspiration to all who knew her. 
She departed this world, leaving behind cherished memories and a lasting legacy that will forever remain in our hearts. In her passing, she leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and unbreakable bonds. She will be dearly missed and will forever live on in our hearts.
“Though her smile is gone forever/And her hand we cannot touch/We still have so many memories/Of the one we loved so much.”
Rest in peace. Your light will continue to shine in our hearts.
She is survived by her husband, Reggie Horton of Fulton, Miss.; her daughter, Ardia Patryce Baker of Henderon; siblings, Bonnie Croom Jones and Danny Croom; several loving nieces and nephews; and a best friend, cousin Velma Johnson
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Edward Croom of Henderson. 

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