Neva “Valrea” Howard passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Benton, Arkansas. Valrea was born on May 6, 1925 in Burlington, Kansas to Neva A. and Paul F. Bates. Valrea married Keith T. Howard in 1945 and they lived in Mena Arkansas until 1998. In 1998 they moved to Benton, Arkansas to be near their daughter and grandchildren.

Valrea was a talented seamstress and took great pride in making beautiful all handmade quilts which she sold all over the United States. She loved working in her yard and garden. The majority of her beautiful flowers were given to her by family or friends and each had a unique story.

Valrea was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Keith T. Howard, her mother Neva A. Bates, father, Paul F. Bates, brothers Edgar Allen Bates, Arthur Earl Bates, Robert Paul Bates and Ralph Ernest Rogers.

She is survived by her daughter, Drenda Page (Ken), Grandsons Brent Page and Dwayne Page (Lindy) and great grandchildren, Jacob Page (Codi), Peyton Page, Allison Page, Brayden Page, Teagen Page, great great grandchild Aria Elise Page and many nieces and nephews.

She dearly loved Sadi, her faithful dog that was always by her side.

Valrea will certainly be missed by all who loved her.

Honorary Pallbearers are Brent Page, Dwayne Page, Jacob Page, Peyton Page, Brayden Page and Teagen Page.

A graveside memorial service will be Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


8-31-20 4:20 PM KAWX.ORG 

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