Obituaries Archives for 2018-12

Robbie L. Blodgett Blair Obituary

Robbie L. Blodgett Blair age 76, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.


Robbie was born on September 23, 1942 in Tucumcari, New Mexico to the late Harold Blodgett and the late Opal Buttrill Blodgett. She was a school teacher in Acorn and Mena for many years. Robbie enjoyed keeping busy with knitting, crocheting, and socializing. She also treasured being outdoors, fishing, and traveling. Robbie was very energetic with living life to the fullest. She was active in her church and a member of the Red Hat Hotties club. Above all she loved God and her family. Robbie was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.


She is survived by sons: Harl Blair and wife Teri of Ft. Worth, Texas, Almon Blair and wife Lana of Alma, Arkansas, and Donnie Blair and wife Theresa of Irving, Texas


Grandchildren: Greg Blair, Sara Roark, Taylor Blair, Landon Blair, Jade Funtes, Madison Blair, and Alicia Blair


Great-grandchildren: Carter Blair, Braelynn Blair, Cooper Roark, Eli Roark, and Gabriel Funtes.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry Blair, and an uncle Archie Buttrill.


Funeral services will be Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Mena with Pastor Ann Ferris officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


Family and friends visitation will be Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel

 

12-11-18 3:45 p.m. kawx.org 

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Billy O. Beam Obituary

 

Billy O. Beam

February 3, 1936 - December 10, 2018

 

Billy O. Beam, age 82, of Mena, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena. He was born on Monday, February 3, 1936 to Orva J. and Fannie Elizabeth Beam in Mount Ida, Arkansas.

Bill was a certified public accountant in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma for over 50 years and served as a member of the Peer Review Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Peer Review Committee, and Chair of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and various other positions of the ASCPA. In his free time, Bill enjoyed hunting deer at his cabin in Washington County near Devil's Den State Park. He spent much of the fall hunting season there communing with nature. Bill was a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce Beam; one sister, Charlene Irwin; and one brother, John Beam.

Bill is survived by one son and daughter in law, Randy and Cynthia Martin of Mena; two daughters and sons in laws, Janna and Christian Cochran of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jennifer and Brett Owenby of Elk, Washington; one sister, Pauline Gill of Yakima, Washington; five grandchildren, Quinn Cochran of Chicago, Illinois, Reece Cochran of Kansas City, Missouri, T.J. Schoeppey of Mena, Andrew Schoeppey of Houston, Texas, and Kaitlyn Schoeppey of Washington DC; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow on Monday in the Milum Cemetery in Lead Hill, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-11-18 9:22 a.m. kawx.org 

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Shirley Maurine Baker Obituary

Shirley Maurine Baker

February 6, 1941 - December 8, 2018

 

Shirley Maurine Baker, age 77, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Peachtree Mena Assisted Living. She was born on Thursday, February 6, 1941 to Hugh and Eleanor Cameron Edwards in Nunley, Arkansas. 

Shirley moved to Oklahoma in early childhood and as a young woman, moved to Houston, Texas, where she met and married her husband, Rex Baker. Several years later, they moved to Longview, Washington, where they lived for 35 years before retiring and eventually moving to Mena in 2003. She and her husband were married just under 55 years before he passed in January 2015. Shirley was a kind and generous woman. She was a lifetime Christian and Baptist who loved God and her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was happiest when her house was full of family members. Shirley loved music, especially Gospel, and could often be heard humming or softly singing around the house. Her other loves were gardening, bingo at the American Legion, quilting, and serving food at 9th Street Ministries with the First United Methodist Church group. She had made several quilts for family members and had won ribbons at the Ouachita Quilt Shows. Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex Dennard Baker; her step-father, Clinton Orbie Coverdill; one son, Tony Morris; and two brothers, James Edwards and Gerald Edwards.

Shirley is survived by one son and daughter in law, Rex and Michelle Baker of Stafford, Virginia; two daughters and sons in law, Sandra and Mark Wiggins of Mena, and Mary and Michael Meier of Mena; one sister, Davona Caldwell of Eufaula, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Amber Montecchie of Boise, Idaho, Krystal Cavelli of Mena, David Meier of Newport News, Virginia, Amanda Wiggins of Mena, Cameron Baker of Auburn, Alabama, and Kelsey Wiggins of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two great grandchildren, Tiffiny Cavelli of Mena, and Natalie Cavelli of Mena; many half-siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and nationwide.

A small, private memorial service for family and friends is planned for late January. Shirley will be interred at Nunley Cemetery, alongside her husband. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the 9th Street Ministries at 306 9th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953, or the First United Methodist Flower Fund at 501 9th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-10-18 10:52 a.m. kawx.org 

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Bobby Eugene Varnell Obituary

Bobby Eugene Varnell

July 9, 1925 - December 5, 2018

 

Bobby Eugene Varnell, age 93, of Mena, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 5, 2018 in Beebe, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, July 9, 1925 to James and Ida Mae Mosley Varnell in Brightwater, Arkansas. 

Bobby served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Bobby loved his family and spending time with them. He attended and was a member of the Bible Believer's Baptist Church in Mena and served as a deacon for many years. Bobby enjoyed the outdoors and all it had to offer; hunting, fishing and raising a garden. A few years ago he raised a 110 pound watermelon from his garden. Bobby also was a heavy equipment mechanic and owned and operated Mechanic Will Travel. Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Dale Varnell, Pearce Varnell, Robert Varnell and Everett, Varnell and two sisters, Effa Mae Blaylock and Mary Jo Foster. 

Bobby is survived by his wife of 70 years, Melva Varnell of Mena; one daughter, Beverly Varnell of San Diego, California; one grandson and wife, Namid and Lisa Varnell of Beebe, Arkansas; four great grandchildren, Ethan Varnell, Zack Varnell, Sabrina Varnell and Jessica Varnell all of Beebe; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Jerry Musgrove officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park. No visitation is planned. Services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-6-18 3:32 p.m. kawx.org 

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Russell Jerry Husted Obituary

Russell Jerry Husted

January 4, 1942 - December 4, 2018

 

Russell Jerry Husted, age 76, of Mena, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Hot Spring. He was born on Sunday, January 4, 1942 to Glen Slyvenus and Florence Lillian Studebaker in Alma, Michigan. 

Russell lived his life serving the Lord, his family and others. Russell began preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ when he was 19 years old. He was very active in prison ministries and was the pastor of Feed my Sheep Ministries since 1991; making sure the hungry was fed both physically and spiritually. He loved seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Russell loved his family and spending time with his wife and children, but especially his grandchildren. Russell was a Certified Public Accountant and worked many years for Saudi Aramco oil Company for many years. Russell was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Russell is survived by his wife, Opal Husted of Mena; five sons and daughters in law, Russell and Rachel Husted of Yelm, Washington, Randy and Theresa Webster of Yelm, Washington, Delbert and Elainey Husted of Huffman, Texas, Terry and Sue Dittmann of Lavaca, Arkansas and Michael and Kristy Husted of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Staci and Jimmy Hosford of Houston, Texas; one brother and sister in law, Leroy and Jennie Husted of Port Richie, Florida; brothers in law, Clyde and Sue Palmer of Valliant, Oklahoma and Jay Palmer of Mena; sisters in law, Carol Husted of Shepherd, Michigan, Wanda Campbell of Valliant, Oklahoma and Cathy Dyer of Ashdown, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Pastor Cecil Willis and Delbert Husted officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery in Ink under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. No Visitation is planned. 

Pallbearers are Delbert Husted, Russell Husted, Michael Husted, Randy Webster, Terry Dittman, Jacob Dittmann, Staci Hosford and Jimmy Hosford.

Honorary pallbearer will be Chris Coville.

 

12-6-18 2:32 p.m. kawx.org 

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Helen M. Matthews Obituary

Helen M. Matthews age 90, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Texas. 

She was born on September 11, 1928 in Waldron, Arkansas to the late John Ponder and the late Frances Godder. Helen worked as an assembler for 3M Computers. She enjoyed life in her own way, doing things she loved. Most of all she was very loving and a head strong individual. She was an adoring and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

She is survived sons: Ovid Morphew of Grand Prairie, Texas and Roger Morphew of Shady, Arkansas

Several grandchildren and several great grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a husband, four sons, one daughter, and two grandsons.

Memorial service will be Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Shady. Interment will be at a later date in Pleasants Hills Cemetery in Bryants Mills, Texas. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 
12-6-18 12:51 p.m. kawx.org 

 

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Lowell Gene Rose Obituary

Lowell Gene Rose

January 9, 1940 - December 4, 2018

 

Lowell Gene Rose, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Mena Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Tuesday, January 9, 1940 to Robert Lawrence and Willie Elise Sullivan Rose in Grannis, Arkansas. 

Gene as he was known by, loved three things in life; his Lord Jesus Christ, his family and his job. He loved his church and attended Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God in Mena and also served as a Gideon. Gene loved his family and spending time with his wife, children and grandchild. Gene was a wheeler and dealer. He was a salesman all his life and loved to sell you something even though you might not need it. He owed several different businesses in Mena. Gene served in the United States National Guard for 6 years. Gene also enjoyed hunting and listening to old time Gospel music. Gene was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Glen Rose, Kenneth Pose, Doyle Rose and Gerald Rose. 

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Annell Rose of Mena, two sons, Bobby Rose of Houston, Texas and Jamie Rose of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one brother, Alton Rose of Athens, Texas; one grandson, Carrington Rose of Mena, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God in Mena with Brother Bill Dunahoo and Pastor Nathan Sherer officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery in Ink under the Direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-5-18 7:28 p.m. kawx.org 

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Shirley Blanche Clark Obituary

Shirley Blanche Clark age 90, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Mena.


Shirley was born on December 24, 1927 in Plunkettville, Oklahoma to the late Riley Cinnamon Dunagan and the late Lillie Pearl Gilbert Dunagan. She was the last of 9 children. Shirley was married to the love of life for 54 years, Billy Dick Clark until his passing. She worked in the daycare business taking care of precious children for 40 years. She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church and dearly loved her sunday school class and church. Shirley had many hobbies, including reading, crocheting, gardening and taking care of her beautiful flower garden. Most of all she was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. Above all she loved God and her family. She was a loving and faithful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. Shirley will be dearly missed by everyone.


She is survived by sons: Richard Clark and wife Teresa of Mena, Arkansas, and Clinton Clark and wife Barbara of Fort Smith, Arkansas


Daughter: Judy Hubbard and husband Tommy of Mena, Arkansas


15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren,  and 12 great-great- grandchildren


Host of other family and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents Riley and Lillie Dunagan,husband, Billy Dick Clark, a great granddaughter, Kalli Musick, brothers, Clyde Dunagan, Russell Dunagan, Rue Dunagan, Ray Dunagan, and Jack Dunagan, sisters, Vera Davis, Treva Patton, and Ruby Burgess.


Funeral service will be Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow in at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


Pallbearers will be Steven Hubbard, Chris Clark, David Lehmann, Billy Clark, Kyle Rowe, and Anthony Clark.


Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of First Baptist Church.


Family and friends that would like to visit with family may come to the home.

 

12-5-18 11:36 a.m. kawx.org 

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Dow Cooper Anderson Jr. Obituary

Dow Cooper Anderson Jr.

November 14, 1951 - December 1, 2018

 

Dow Cooper Anderson Jr., age 67, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away, Saturday, December 1, 2018 surrounded by family and loved ones.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Board Camp Baptist Church located at 107 Polk Road 63, Mena, Arkansas 71953. Pastor Brett Lee and Ron Tilley will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Board Camp Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

Dow was born November 14, 1951, in Port Arthur, Texas to Dow Cooper Sr. and Audrey May Anderson. He entered military service with the U.S. Army in April 1972 where he served with distinction in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam Conflict before returning to civilian life. Dow spent the next 22 years of his professional career in Industrial Construction, where he was able to leave his mark on manufacturing projects that span from coast to coast. He had a sincere passion for travel that could only be surpassed by his love for family gatherings and spending time with his 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Dow is survived by his wife, Debra Ann Anderson of Mena, AR; his siblings, Donna Tyndall of Woodville, TX, William Anderson and his wife, Deanna of Bismark, AR and Onna Tucker of Mena, AR; his children, Jamie Anderson and his wife, Tina of Mena, AR, David Anderson and his wife, Summar of Hatfield, AR, Amy Campbell of Berryville, AR, Chris Anderson and his wife, Jessica of Bentonville, AR, Josh Anderson and his wife, Jessica of Mena, AR, Lt Col Tom Hayes and his wife, Chelsea of Buckeye, AZ, and Courtney Yawn and her husband, Boogie of Dayton, TX; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dow Cooper Sr. and Audrey May Anderson.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-3-18 1:08 p.m. kawx.org 

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Johnny N. Harms Obituary

Johnny N. Harms

October 24, 1927 - December 1, 2018

 

Johnny N. Harms, age 91, of Ink, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Mena Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Monday, October 24, 1927 to Isaac and Emma Kathrine Neufield in Ulysses, Kansas. 

Johnny lived his life serving the Lord, his family and others. He was an active member of the Cherry Hill Methodist Church. Johnny served his country for 26 years in the United States Army and the United States Air Force. He began his career at the end of World War II; then served during the Korean Conflict and into the Vietnam Era and retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. During this time for 17 years, he taught survival combat to all air crew members which he truly loved. After serving he returned home to raise his family and be a father to them. He loved his family greatly. Johnny in his spare time enjoyed woodworking, tanning hides and lapidary. Johnny was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine Harms; three brothers, David Harms, Isaac Harms Jr., and Alvin Harms and four sisters, Edna Kliwer, Louella Schultz, Ruby Schmidt and Anna Mae Gertzen.

Johnny is survived by his son, Johnny Harms Jr., of El Dorado, Arkansas; his daughter, Jacy Johnson of Ink; one brother, Clarence Harms of Pennsylvania; one sister, Bernice Given of Colorado, Springs, Colorado; six grandchildren, David Murphy, Sharla Sassman, Jeremiah Harms, Jerusalem Harms, Joshua Butterworth and Justin Johnson; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Concord Cemetery in Ink with Pastor Debbie Head officiating. Visitation will be Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-3-18 1:01 p.m. kawx.org 

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Martha Fern Davis Obituary

Martha Fern Davis

April 11, 1938 - December 1, 2018

 

Martha Fern Davis, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Monday, April 11, 1938 to Fred and Rushe Miner Anthony in Boles, Arkansas.

Martha loved her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed riding horses, working in her flower gardens and playing Bluegrass Music with her guitar. Martha worked as a beautician for over 40 years and owned and operated Marty's Guys and Dolls Hair Salon. Martha was of the Pentecostal faith. Martha was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Davis; her son, Robert Davis and several brothers and sisters. 

Martha is survived by her daughter, Teresa Davis of Mena; her sister, Nancy Langford of Fort Smith; her two grandchildren and their spouses, Chance and Shayla Davis of Mena, and Amanda and Marcus Warren of Mena; three great grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Alyssa and Myah Warren all of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Chance Cemetery in Y-City with Brother Mac Shadden officiating. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-2-18 6:01 p.m. kawx.org 

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Orvis Lamar Martin Obituary

Orvis Lamar Martin

August 15, 1950 - December 1, 2018

 

Orvis Lamar Martin, age 68, of Hatfield, died Saturday, December 1, 2018 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, August 15, 1950 to Orvis Elmo and Ruby Cleo Almonrode Martin in Mena, Arkansas. 

Orvis served his country in the National Guard from 1969 to 1974 and then soon started a 34 year career working for Weyerhaeuser in Wickes. He was a great provider for his family and loved them dearly. Orvis loved to go deer hunting and was president of the Slate Creek Hunting Club. He and his wife, Linda attended Zafra Church of Christ. Orvis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Rex Martin and Roy Martin, and one granddaughter, Madison Martin.

Orvis is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Martin of Hatfield; his son and daughter in law, Scott and Brandy Martin of Mena; his two daughters and son in law, Wendy Martin of Hatfield and Sondra and Jonathan Rosson of Mena; four grandchildren, Mason Martin, Kody Martin, Kensey Rosson and Kaison Rosson all of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

Pallbearers are Laydel Risenhoover, Jon Bagley, Jock Owens, Mike Dunn, Danny Davis and JR Hicks.

Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Slate Creek Hunting Club.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

12-2-18 4:22 p.m. kawx.org 

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Cathey E. Burger Obituary

Cathey E. Burger, age 57, of Mena passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas.


Cathey was born December 21, 1960 in Hereford, Texas to James Roy Mott and Rachel Morgan Mott. She was happily married to Howard Burger for 41 years. She was the Principal’s Secretary at Mena High School. Cathey was an avid Razorback fan and she enjoyed camping and gardening. She truly loved family gatherings and her dog Zoey, but most of all she treasured her grandbabies. She was a loving and thoughtful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all.


She is survived by husband: Howard Burger of Mena, Arkansas


Son: Chris Burger of Mena, Arkansas


Daughter: Jennifer Rowland and husband Rodney of Mena, Arkansas


Grandchildren: Lily Rowland, Luke Rowland, Jarrett Burger, Paisley Burger and Jentry Burger


Brothers: Larry Mott and Rueben Mott


Sisters: Ramona Nichols and Rebecca Cady


Nephews: Harry Little, John Little


Niece: Michelle Hofauer.


She was preceded in death by her parents James Roy and Rachel Mott and her sister Carolyn Little.


Mrs. Burger was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


Visitation will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel. 

 

12-1-18 12:29 p.m. kawx.org 

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