9/28 - Cheryle Witcher
9/26 - Lee Day
9/26 - Jessica Thompson
9/26 - Phyllis Cooper
9/25 - Mancell Burnett
9/22 - Bradley Elam
9/21 - Jim Haney
9/18 - William James
9/18 - John Martin
9/17 - Diane Nusbaum
9/14 - Emily Ritter
9/14 - Douglas Rogers
9/13 - Dale Cannady
9/11 - Jeanne Williams
9/11 - Tod Fabrizio
9/9 - Marilyn Bagley
9/8 - Deborah Wilder
9/8 - Virginia Dykman
9/8 - Gary Bean
9/7 - Lona Pauls
9/6 - Mary Janice Daily
9/4 - Ella McMillen
9/4 - Nancy Wagner
9/1 - Virgil Babb
Sammie Lee Johnson, 94, of Rogers died Friday, October 17, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born July 11, 1920 in Sweetwater, Texas the daughter of George Curtis Massay and Madge Lee Hull Massey.
She was a commercial artist and a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her husband Luther Johnson Jr. on June 21, 1978, one daughter; Linda Lee Levine.
Survivors include her son-in-law Buzz Levine, her grandson Geoffrey Levine and his wife Dara, and two great-granddaughters; Avery and Alexa Levine.
Graveside Service will be Tuesday at 11am at National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Ruby Elizabeth Thomas, 94, of Fayetteville died Friday, October 17, 2014 at a skilled nursing facility. She was born July 6, 1920 in Fairview, Oklahoma the daughter of Oda and John Brooks.
Ruby was a home maker and loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.
Ruby is survived by her two daughters; Colleen Randlett of Fayetteville, Zelda Jo Shore of Fayetteville, one grandchild; Brenda Gabbard, two great-grandchildren, and many other loving family members and friends.
Interment was Friday, October 17 at Farmington Cemetery.
Dolores M. House, 83, of West Fork died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at her home. She was born September 13, 1931 in Cimarron, Kansas to Amos and Stella Hacker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jack and Warren Hacker, and husband, John A. House.
Dolores is survived by her son, Dr. John House, and his partner, Josh Clark, of Eureka Springs, her two daughters: Terry Lilley and her husband, Daniel, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Susan Duffel of West Fork, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many loving friends and family.
Dolores and her husband, John served the Lord together for over 50 years. They pastored churches across the midwest, south, and in Florida. In addition to that ministry, Dolores taught school throughout her adult life, and impacted the lives of countless children.
A celebration of life will be Friday, October 17, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at West Fork First Baptist Church.
Beth Mummert, 73, of Bentonville died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice after a 12 year battle with cancer. She was born July 30, 1941 in Cherokee County Kansas.
Beth grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. She graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1959 as valedictorian. She then went to the University of Kansas on a Watkins scholarship and later completed her college education in accounting at Troy State University. She was very proud and happy to have worked with the great people at Arkansas National Bank.
Beth was devoted to her family. They cherish memories of her franticly searching for her cats, bragging about finding bargains while shopping, and occasionally losing money in slot machines. Over the last several years, she restored and digitized over 7,000 family photos to help preserve family memories.
After Beth was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, she took an active role in the treatment of her cancer. She spent countless hours educating herself on cancer treatments. Beth received most of her treatment at MD Anderson in Houston and Highlands Oncology Center, at times being called “Dr. Mummert” because she was so hands on regarding her treatments.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ruth Mummert, and one sister, Roberta Mummert (Boabie).
Beth is survived by her husband of 47 years, Thomas Mummert; her children, Todd Mummert of Danbury, Connecticut, Michael Mummert of Columbia, Missouri, and Elizabeth (Steve) Kouri of Lenexa, Kansas; two sisters, Joan James Chianelli of Conroe, Texas, and Anna Marie Hobbs Mackey of Copan, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, three cats, and many other loving family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 20th. At a later date, another memorial will be held in Beth’s hometown of Coffeyville, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Cancer Research Institute or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Rosalina Violet Hall, infant daughter of Kendra Rowe and Christopher Hall, of Wesley died Monday, October 6, 2014 at her residence. She was born September 4, 2014 in Fayetteville.
Survivors include many loving relatives.
Interment was at Rogers Babyland Cemetery.
Darren Lee Shaver, 47, of Hiwasse died Tuesday, October 07, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. He was born November 3, 1966 in Gravette, Arkansas the son of Lucy Gilbert and Kenneth Shaver.
He enjoyed working on cars. He was the Maintenance Manager for The Greens in Bella Vista. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 20 years after moving from Missouri. He was preceded in death by his father.
Darren is survived by his wife Sam Shaver whom he married March 25, 1995, his mother; Lucy Long, one son; Kevin Carothers and his wife LeighAnne, of Hiwasse, one brother; Bryan Shaver, of Neosho, Missouri, two sisters; Renae Williams and her husband Brian, of Neosho, Missouri, DeAnn Frasier, of Granby, Missouri, and two granddaughters; Jazmine and Jaelynne Carothers, of Hiwasse.
The celebration of his life will be Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2pm at The Greens in Bella Vista, “Shaver Pavilion.”
Durral Dewayne Tedford, 68, died Friday, October 03, 2014 at the Arkansas Veteran’s Home at Fayetteville. He was born July 17, 1946 in Lindsay, Oklahoma the son of Viola and John Tedford.
Dewayne proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the VFW Post 3031 and enjoyed fishing, games, dominos and slot machines.
He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Barkley Tedford, his parents, two brothers, Glenn and Gene Tedford. One son Michael Tedford Larinz. A step son Lance Barkley.
Dewayne is survived by two sisters, Brenda Ullmann and Fern Carter. Two sister-in-laws, Anna Tedford and Jeanie Tedford. Nine nieces and nephews. A son Dewayne Tedford Jr. and a daughter Patti Ann, both in Oklahoma. Two step daughters Lisa Roughton and Stella Barkley. Five grandchildren, Kasha Snoxhill, Kyle Foster, Dana Barkley, Catherine Holloway and John Barkley. Five great grandchildren.
A grave side service for both Dewayne and Elizabeth Tedford will be held on October 16, 2014 at 2 pm in the Bland Cemetery. Located north of Hwy. 71, on west side of Moberly Lane in Bentonville AR.
Frank Foster Kenworthy, 85, passed away Friday, October 3, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born August 31, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois the son of Dorothy and Frank Kenworthy.
Frank proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He attended the University of Illinois and UCLA, and was an aeronautical engineer at Hughes Aircraft in California until his retirement. Frank was an avid golfer for many years and enjoyed being outdoors. He loved being around water, traveling, and visiting Lake Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years Doris Kenworthy of Bella Vista, whom he married June 27th, 1953, two sons; Jim Kenworthy and his wife Alane of Pensacola, Florida, Scott Kenworthy of Bella Vista, one daughter; Bonnie Miltimore and her husband Jim, of Dallas, Texas, one sister; Sue Kerr of Bowling Green, Ohio, two granddaughters; Kaitie Nolan, Sarah Tigert, and many loving family members and friends.
A celebration of life for all family and friends will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm at the Kenworthy home in Bella Vista.
Cheryle J. Witcher Sr., 70, of Bentonville died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at her residence. She was born April 30, 1944 in Bentonville the daughter of Dorothy Martin and George Turner, DVM.
She enjoyed bird watching, dancing, and gardening. She enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, and hunting. Her passion in life was teaching. She was a public school teacher for over 30 years, which over 20 years that were with Bentonville Public Schools. She retired in 1999.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister Becky Eggers.
Cheryle is survived by: her husband Loren R. Witcher Sr., whom she married December 31, 1981, two sons; Loren R. Witcher Jr., of Bentonville, Jeffrey Witcher, of Indianapolis, Indiana, four daughters; Elisabeth Eytcheson, of Missouri, Betty Lou Thompson and her husband Keith, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sayward Sutton, of Decatur, Nikki Clark, of Decatur, one brother; Gregory Turner and his wife Linda, of Rogers, two sisters; Lana Landers and her husband Mike, of Bella Vista, Barbara “Bobbie” Turner, of Centerton, numerous grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, a hosts of friends, and many students that she loved and cherished.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5-7pm at Bentonville Church of Christ.
Funeral service will be Friday, October 3, 2014 at Bentonville Church of Christ at 10am. Interment will follow at Bentonville Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Miller Church of Benton County, Arkansas.
Lee Warren Day, 70, of Springdale died Friday, September 26, 2014 at his home. He was born May 24, 1944 in Bentonville the son of Alma June Tallant and Loyd Day.
He proudly served in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a faithful husband who loved life and spending quality time with his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed RV camping, negotiating a good deal, working on projects including hot rods, landscaping, and metal working to name a few. He loved work and maintained a superb work ethic his entire life. He was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas who knew no strangers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son; Chad Harshman.
Lee is survived by: his wife Jackie Day, of Springdale whom he married June 30, 1983, four sons; Loyd Day and his wife Lisa, of Bella Vista, Randy Harshman and his wife Rhonda, of Chanute, Kansas, Dennis Day and his wife Rhonda, of Vaughn, Eric Harshman and his wife Stacy, of Altoona, Kansas, one daughter; Michelle Miller and her husband Glen, of Oregon, one sister; Betty Bollinger and her husband Tommy Johnson, of Wewoka, Oklahoma, numerous grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9am until service time at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Rogers. The funeral service will begin at 11am. Interment will follow at Bentonville Cemetery.
Full Military Honors will be provided by the NWA Honor Guard.
Pallbearers: Roger Garner, Ray Bowen, Roy Coffer, Gary Belote, Raymond Reynolds, and Tom Buchanan Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers: Danny Castor and Ronnie Wheat
Jessica Kaye Thompson, 28, of Decatur, Arkansas died Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born October 28, 1985 the daughter of Dena and Norman Smiddy.
She loved spending quality time with her family and time in the outdoors. She enjoyed shopping with her mother. She was attending an Assembly of God Church and was a Christian. She always helped people out when she was able too, even at the end when she donated her bodily organs to help others in need.
Survivors include: her husband; Lawrence Thompson Jr., her parents; Norman and Dena Smiddy, of Decatur, four children; James Smiddy, Larry Thompson, Terry Thompson, Norman Thompson, and two brothers; Joe Smiddy and his girlfriend Wendy Proctor, of Gentry and Jason Smiddy and his girlfriend Lorretta Banks, of Oklahoma.
Graveside service will be Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Springtown Cemetery in Springtown, Arkansas.
Phyllis Cooper, 90, of Bella Vista died Friday, September 26, 2014 at a skilled care facility. She was born August 26, 1924 the daughter of Nellie Wishon.
Phyllis is survived by many loving family members and friends.
Mancell Eugene Burnett, 60, of Bentonville died September 25, 2014 at his home. He was born August 24, 1954 in Sweetwater, Texas.
He enjoyed NASCAR, shooting pool, and pizza.
Eugene is survived by many loving family members and friends.
Bradley S. Elam, 60, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died at his home. He was born May 15, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Nellie Simpson and Alfred Elam.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He had lived in Northwest Arkansas for 28 years.
He is survived his parents; Nellie and Alfred Elam, two daughters; Jennifer Hoerchler and her husband John of Ballwin, Missouri, Megan Kunkle of Caseyville, Illinois, two brothers; Greg Elam and his wife Pam of Swansea, Illinois, David Elam and his wife Loretta, of Guerneville, California, and six grandchildren.
Jim Wray Haney, 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at a local skilled care center. He was born January 12, 1930 in Alliance, Nebraska.
William Keith James passed away on September 18, 2014, at the age of 65 years. He was a resident of Elkins, Arkansas. Keith was born December 16, 1948 in Eugene, Oregon and was the son of Edward and Judith James. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and earned an Honorable Discharge. He worked for Cox Communications for many years as a lineman.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Patty James, one son Matthew James (wife Barbara) of Farmington, Arkansas, one daughter Melissa (Missy) Bulla (husband Casey) of Combs, Arkansas, one brother Donnie James (wife Connie) of Durham, Arkansas, one sister Angelia (A.J.) James of Cane Hill, Arkansas, one half sister, Sandra. Three beloved grandsons, Trent, Hunter and River Bulla and an honorable mention to Keith’s very special friends, Ed & Verla Franklin of Fayetteville.
A Celebration of Keith’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at 2pm at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 S. Government Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
John Alan Martin, 48, of Rogers died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. He was born November 26, 1965 in Freeport, Texas the son of Rosemary Ornelas and John Wayne Martin.
He was an avid golfer, he enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren, and enjoyed going to garage sales. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 17 years after moving from Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father.
John is survived by: his mother; Rosemary Martin of Rogers, one son; John Martin and his wife Tiffany, of Centerton, three daughters; Brooke Hitt and her husband Luke, of Rogers, McKenzie Stanley and her husband Brandon, of Pea Ridge, Chealsey Candanoza and her husband Craig, of Bentonville, one brother; Rick Martin, of Bella Vista, one sister; Rita Martin, of Rogers, nine grandchildren, and four nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday from 9am until service time at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Rogers.
Funeral service will follow the visitation at 10am with David Austin officiating. Interment will follow at Rogers Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jason Sabine, Stephen Sabine, Rick Martin, John Martin, Tim Martin, and Nick Martin.
Memorials may be sent to the family to assist with funeral expenses.
Diane Nusbaum, 68 of Bella Vista died September 17, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale. She was born June 13, 1946 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of Shirley L. Setti and Richard Nusbaum.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and being a wonderful loving wife. Diane never met a stranger and loved people.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Judy Ann Nusbaum.
Diane is survived by: her husband Ken Hulse, of Bella Vista, one step-son; Shawn Hulse and his wife Jennifer, of Bentonville, one step-daughter; Kristy Colberg and her husband Clint, of Holton, Kansas, one brother; Jerry Nusbaum of New Sharon, Iowa, one sister; Sandy Moiser, of Tennessee, and 5 grandchildren.
The celebration of her life will be Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2pm at Circle of Life Bentonville at Legacy Village.
Emily J. Ritter, 72, of Rogers died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at her residence. She was born September 22, 1941 in Temple, Texas the daughter of Virginia Baker and Emory Jones.
As a child she was moved around Texas quite often because of her father’s railroad job. She later moved into New Mexico where she did complete her high school days in Clovis and graduated with the Class of 1959. Later she moved to Albuquerque, where she worked many jobs in customer service. She moved to Denver, Colorado where she married Chuck and started working with him in the golf business. They worked at golf courses in Aurora and La Junta, Colorado also later in Oklahoma City, and finally many years as a voluntary merchandiser and display artist at the Kingsdale Golf Complex in Bella Vista. She fought different health issues thru out her life.
She was preceded in death by a son, her parents and God parents.
Emily is survived by her husband Chuck Ritter, of the home whom she married May 24, 1976, one sister; Candace J. Chapin, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, her sister-in-law; Judy and her husband Carl Fulbright, of Pueblo, Colorado, two nephews, one niece, and their spouses and children.
The celebration of her life will be Friday at 10:30am at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista.
Memorials may be sent to: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown, New York 10598 or to the charity of your choice.
Douglas Wayne Rogers, 53, of Fayetteville died September 14 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born June 5, 1961 in Peru, Indiana.
Survivors: wife of 10 years, Gladys Rogers, daughters; Briana and Corissa, sister; Amber, six stepchildren, seven grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Dale Dwayne Cannady, 48, of Rogers, Arkansas died Saturday September 13, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born August 30, 1966 the son of Pat Steward and Ronald A. Cannady in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
He loved spending time in the outdoors. He worked along side his two brothers at AAF in Springdale. In his spare time he enjoyed watching movies and stargazing.
He graduated from Bentonville High School. He was preceded in death by his father.
Dale is survived by: his mother; Pat Sayre and her husband Bert, of Rogers, two brothers; David Cannady, of Avoca, Shawn Lee and his wife Melissa, of Rogers, two step-sisters; Jan Bryant of Avoca, Sabrina Russell and her husband Ivan, of Avoca, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Arvest Bank in Dale Cannady’s name.
A memorial service will be at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers with Pastor Randy Parks officiating.
Jeanne Marie Williams, 87, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Thursday September 11, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born June 24, 1927 in Burlington, Kansas the daughter of Bernice and Charles Dunlop.
Jeanne received her teacher’s certificate from Emporia State Teachers College and taught in a one room school house for one year. She and her husband operated a trucking business for 30 years from their home in Gridley, Kansas. She had worked for Garret’s Cabinet Shop in Gridley; Jostin’s Corp. in Topeka; Offset Press in Lehman, Pennsylvania. Jeanne retired and lived in Lehman, Pennsylvania for 19 years until moving to Bentonville, Arkansas to live with her son and daughter in law, Rex and JoAnne Williams.
Jeanne love crossword puzzles, playing her Gameboy and watching her favorite show, Wheel of Fortune. The last two years she was a resident of Bradford House in Bentonville, Arkansas. She quietly fell asleep in the arms of Jesus surrounded by her family.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, husband; A.G. Williams Jr., one son; Arthur G. Williams III, brother; Jack Roush; grandson; Shawn Kern, and son in laws; Marvin Kock and Leon Kern.
She is survived by one son; Rex Williams and his wife JoAnne of Bentonville, five daughters; Mary Von Burg of Quincy, Illinois, Beverly Pratt and her husband Brian of Salina, Kansas, Eva Kern and her husband Carl of Lehman, Pennsylvania, Treva Koch of Overbrook, Kansas, Nancy Kern of Dallas, Pennsylvania, one sister Thelma Cottingham of Grantsville, Kansas, five generations of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held July 2015 in Leroy, Kansas.
Tod Kenneth Fabrizio of Garfield died September 11, at his home. He was born July 29, 1963 in Arizona.
Tod had a free spirited soul and a heart full of gold.
Survivors: three sons; Jason (Lisa), Anthony (Kayla), and Isaac, two daughters; Kristina and Kameryn, his former spouses; Liz and Lisa, and many other family and friends.
Marilyn Bagley, 68, of Bella Vista died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center.
She enjoyed camping, traveling, and shopping.
Preceded by parents and one sister.
Survivors include: her husband; Richard, sons; Jerry and Shawn, daughter; Tracy, brother; Jerry, and several grandchildren.
Deborah Sue Wilder, 60, of Russellville died Monday, September 8, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born November 10, 1953 in Russellville, Arkansas the daughter of Shirley and Bill Hollabaugh.
Deborah served for 20 years in the US Navy before retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. She loved music and enjoyed reading, watching movies and playing games.
Deborah is survived by: her parents Shirley and Bill Hollabaugh, one son; Jeff Wilder of Farmington, one daughter; Jennifer Billings and her husband Chris of Centerton, two brothers; Steven Hollabaugh and his wife Becky of McKinney, Texas, Michael Hollabaugh of London, Arkansas, two sisters; Pamela Luker of Chicago, Illinois, Patricia Richard and her husband Rick of San Antonio, Texas, three grandchildren; Penelope, Connor, Kayla and many other friends and family.
Memorials may be sent to Circle of Life Hospice Bentonville.
Virginia June Dykman, 92, of Fayetteville died Monday, September 08, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 30, 1922 in Pocatello, Idaho the daughter of Carla Myrtle Walden and Thomas Edwin Johnston. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Dorothy Jane Johnston.
She was a homemaker in Little Rock, Arkansas until moving to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975. There she worked for the St. Paul Housing Authority as a loan officer until she retired in Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1987. During retirement, she and her life partner Richard E. Simon enjoyed traveling and participating in activities at the Highlands Methodist Church and their community. She also enjoyed the symphony and other events at the Walton Arts Center.
Virginia is survived by four children: Richard A. Dykman of Naples, Florida; Susan J. Rountree, M.D. of Houston, Texas; Thomas Ross Dykman, M.D. of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Laura J. Hokett, D.V.M. of Fayetteville, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Her family will remember her as a patient, kind and loving person who was curious and intellectually gifted with common sense.
A celebration of her life will be at Highlands Methodist Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas at 2:00 PM on Friday.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Highlands Methodist Church, 371 Glasgow Rd., Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715 or Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, PO Box 1243, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702.
Gary Wayne Bean, 53, of Lowell died Monday at his home.
He worked as a maintenance engineer for the Hampton Inn in Springdale and Fairfield Inn in Fayetteville.
Preceded in death by his father, and step-daughter Gayla.
Survivors: wife; Janice Bean, son; Michael Bean, step-son; Brannon Ellis, brother; Ricky Bean, three sisters; Barbara, Melissa, Joanna, six grandchildren.
Lona Mae Wiggins McCollum Pauls was born in Kiowa, Kansas on December 23, 1919 to Loyd Clinton Wiggins and Adeline Marie Williams Wiggins. She was the second of four children. Her older brother was George and her younger sister was Billie and they had a little brother Jack. The family moved a lot, and Lona spent her childhood in many towns in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas.
During high school in Helena, Oklahoma she met Paul McCollum. They attended Oklahoma A and M (now Oklahoma State University) together, and were married in Stillwater in April 1940.
Lona and Paul lived in Stillwater, where he became a professor in the college of electrical engineering, until his death in 1977. They had three children, Phil, Linda, and Betty. Shortly after Paul’s death, Lona moved to Loveland, CO to live with her son Phil’s family.
In 1990 Lona met and married Al N. Pauls. They made their home in Fresno, California until his death on Easter Sunday 2006.
After Al’s death, Lona moved to Rogers, Arkansas to be near her daughter Betty’s family. She was a resident at Jamestown Nursing & Rehab for the last 3 ½ years.
Lona was baptized into the Lord’s church in Stillwater, Oklahoma around 1956. She was active in the Stillwater congregation teaching classes and other things. She was especially good at helping with any kind of craft activities. She was a very good cook, and used that talent also to serve others thereby serving her Lord. She became a member of the local congregations wherever she lived after that. She loved the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers, Arkansas. They would pick her up with their van, so she was able to attend services clear up to the last few weeks of her life.
Lona enjoyed many things during her life. She especially liked traveling, reading, cooking, knitting and crafts of many kinds. She made beautiful things. Family and friends found their life enriched by receiving many of these things as gifts. Lona’s language of love was definitely ‘gifts’. She was a very giving person. In her later years she enjoyed sitting by her window watching birds come to the feeders placed there by her daughter, Betty.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, 2 brothers, two husbands, sons-in-law, and many good friends. She is survived by her children Phil McCollum (Dortha) of Loveland, Colorado, Linda Parker (late husband Bob) of Greenville, South Carolina, and Betty Whittington (Mitch) of Bella Vista, Arkansas, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She had 3 step children, several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
Lona was 94 years old when she suffered a series of strokes. She passed out of this life on 9/7/14. She will be greatly missed.
Graveside services will be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma at a later date.
Mary Janice Daily, 84, of West Fork died Saturday, September 06, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville. She was born February 9, 1930 in Perry, Arkansas the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Harlan and Quilla Marsh Montgomery.
She enjoyed the outdoors and was a pilot. She was employed with the Arizona Power Services for many years as a Lab Analyst. She and her husband returned to Northwest Arkansas in 1993 after leaving Arizona.
Mary is survived by: one daughter; Yvonne Daily, of West Fork, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
She will be inurned along side her husband Clellan Daily who passed away in 2004 at National Cemetery in Fayetteville. They were married in the Benton County, Arkansas Courthouse on May 31, 1948.
Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Ella Mae McMillen, 91, of Centerton, Arkansas died Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born March 12, 1923 in Crosses, Arkansas the daughter of Druzella Walker and Silva McKee.
Soon after being born, she and her family moved to Oklahoma, where she attended school as a young child. Once the Great Depression started her family moved to California to work as Migrant Farm Workers. She graduated school in California, and worked for Hewlett Packard for many years.
She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas since 1974, after moving from California. While living in Arkansas she was employed by Wal-Mart Inc. in Rogers as a people greeter.
She enjoyed painting and quilting. She was preceded in death by her husband; John W. McMillen, one son; John P. McMillen, her parents, and one brother.
Ella is survived by her daughter-in-law; Terrie Arnold, of Centerton, five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday, September 8, 2014 from noon until 2pm at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville.
Graveside service will be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:30am at Benton County Memorial Park in Rogers.
Nancy Lou Wagner, 76, of Bentonville died Thursday, September 04 at Circle of Life Hospice House. She was born September 20, 1937 in Texas the daughter of Janice Creasy and Berthyl James Brice.
She raised Doberman Pincher dogs for many years.
Survivors include: one son; Andy Wagner and his wife Rachel of Bella Vista, three grandchildren; Caitlyn Payne of Bella Vista, Sawyer and Claire Hansen both of Fayetteville.
Virgil Lee Babb, 85, of Gentry, Arkansas died Monday, September 01, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born in Madera, California August 6, 1929, the son of Emma and John Babb.
Adam Jesse Whisenhunt, 31, of Fort Smith died Friday at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born September 25, 1982.
Adam is survived by his wife Tina Whisenhunt, of California, his mother Barbara Whisenhunt, two sons, one brother, and one sister.
Diann Baker, 61, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. She was born December 18, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the daughter of Pearl Opal Wilson and William Stephen Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Diann is survived by two sons; Bob Baker and his wife Jenea, of Bentonville, Daniel Hutchek, of Pea Ridge, five brothers; Billy Baker, Butch Baker, Richard Baker, Ogie Baker, Fred Baker, one sister; Elizabeth Baker, several nieces and nephews, and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by the family.
Margaret “Miss Peggie” Wallis, 90, of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born November 26, 1923 in New Zealand, the daughter of Myrtle Sollitt and Thomas Henry Wilson.
She was a ballet teacher for many years, and loved theater work. She was a lifetime member of the Royal Academy Dance of London and had the pleasure of traveling the world while teaching in many places including; Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida. She was co-founder of Northwest Arkansas Ballet; a non-profit organization, and an inspiration for Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet.
She lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 2o years after moving from New Zealand. She taught hundreds of young girls and will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother; Gordon Stewart Wilson, one sister; Alice Elizabeth Dalziel, and two step-daughters, Connie Lee Nebe, and Vickie Wallis.
Peggie is survived by her husband Robert E. Wallis, of Bentonville whom she married May 25, 1970, one son; Robert LeRoy Burns and his wife Linda, of Los Angeles, California, one daughter; Margaret “Peggie” Anne Burns, of Bentonville, a niece; Harmony May, of New Zealand, and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled by the family and announced at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to: Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet, in care of the “Peggie Wallis Scholarship Fund,” located at Pinnacle Bank, 4201 West New Hope Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72758, to assist students to reach their Royal Academy Dance Exam Goals.
Danielle Bishop, 34, of Springdale died Thursday, August 28.
She is survived by many loving relatives including her husband and two children.
Celebration of her life will be Saturday, September 13 at 2pm at 150 County Road 2120 in Marble, Arkansas.
Peggy J. Hoyt, 85, of Bella Vista died Thursday August 28, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center Bentonville. She was born February 22, 1929.
She is survived by many loving relatives and a host of friends.
Marian Maxine Marciniak, 89, of Plainwell, Michigan died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at a local skilled care center.
Survivors include two sons including Douglas Marciniak and his wife Susan of Rogers and many loving relatives and friends.
No local services.
Jeanette Ruth Baker, 51, of Springdale, left this world August 26th, 2014 while at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born December 2nd, 1962 in Liberal, Kansas to Ernest Elvin Baker and Audrey Lou Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors are two daughters: Tabitha Pourner; Alicia Collins, her husband James Collins Jr. Six grandchildren: James, Michael and Cory Collins; Jesse and Zachary Mathes; Shyann Pourner.
Edward Thomas Nash Jr., 65, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Monday, August 25, 2014 at his home. He was born June 15, 1949 in Yonkers, New York the son of Marian Elizabeth Barrett and Edward Thomas Nash Sr.
He served in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include: his wife; Marlene Nash, of Bella Vista, one son, Edward Bryson Nash, of Las Vegas, Nevada, one step-son; Daniel F. Denton II and his wife Linda, of Cape Coral, Florida, two daughters; Kerry Bryson Nash, of Los Angeles, California, Tara Bryson Elly and her husband Walter Elly, of Madbury, New Hampshire, one step-daughter; Tasha Lane and her husband Stacy Lane, of Jefferson City, Tennessee, two sisters; Barbara Borden, of Tennessee, Betty Ann Hammons, of Florida, two brothers; Bill Nash and his wife Lee, of California, Tommy Nash and his wife Barbara, of New York, and 6 1/2 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10am at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bella Vista. Inurnment will follow the service.
Ronald James Fejfar, 64, of Fayetteville died Monday August 25, 2014 at Veterans Hospital of Fayetteville. He was born April 29, 1950 in Vermillion, South Dakota the son of Phyllis and Willard Fejfar.
Ronald served in the United States Navy. He enjoyed all sports, hunting, fishing and cooking.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ronald is survived by three daughters; Danielle Hoeme and her husband Lawrence of Springdale, Brittany Coffer and her husband Jimmy of Austin, Arkansas, Tate Stewart and her husband Brad of Raleigh, North Carolina, two sisters; Karen Ehrle and her husband Jim of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Connie Berry and her husband Lawrence of Morrison, Colorado, five grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and many other friends and family.
A memorial service will be Thursday August 28th at 10:00 am at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Palliative Care Unit at Veterans Hospital of Fayetteville.
Donald Richard Juster, 81, of Rogers died August 23 at his home. He was born April 24, 1933 in Salinas, California the son of Edith and Peter Juster.
Donald enjoyed fishing, trucking, coin collecting, dancing and gardening.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Juster, son; Richard Juster, four daughters; Diane Burrell, Kelly Milne, Carrie Milne, Angela Juster, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many loving friends and family.
Allen Ray Hill, 61, of Whitehouse Community, Arkansas died August 20, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born September 22, 1952 in Fayetteville the son of Dorothy and JR Hill.
Allen was a member of the Whitehouse Community and a volunteer at the Whitehouse Fire Department for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandson, Troy Romine.
Allen is survived by his wife of 18 years Roberta Hill, one son; Chris Johnson, two brothers; Leslie Hill of Whitehouse, Wesley Hill of West Fork, 2 grandsons and other friends and family.
Memorial service will be August 30, 2014 at 1 pm at the Whitehouse Community building.
Contributions can be made in Allen's honor to the Whitehouse Cemetery Fund, in care of Tim Richardson, 14751 South Whitehouse Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.
Clifford Lee Horton, 88, of Bella Vista died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville. He was born November 3, 1925 in Springfield, Illinois the son of Mabel and Vernon Horton.
Cliff and his wife Mel moved to Bella Vista in 2000 from Cary, Illinois where they resided for more than 40 years. He was a compassionate man and father to his children. Cliff was well rounded and had many stories to share.
Cliff enjoyed art and nature. He was an avid photographer and would often work in water colors to recreate his photos. Cliff was an enthusiast of design and architecture. He held many collections including stamps and coins. Cliff loved history, specifically the World War I and II era. He was a Mason in the Illinois Masonic Lodge since 1947; was active in the Boy Scouts and a lifelong Cubs fan.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Cliff is survived by his wife of 64 years, Melva Horton, one son; Jeffery Horton of Corvallis, Oregon, one daughter; Jennifer Horton of Chicago, Illinois, one brother; John Horton of Lake Barrington, Illinois, and one granddaughter.
No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cary-Grove Masonic Lodge No. 1157 in Cary, Illinois.
Sally Bevington, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother went to begin her next journey with her Lord on August 11, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, after a short but brave battle with cancer. Born June 30th, 1939 in Huntsville, Texas; this small town Texas girl met the love of her life, Devon James (Bev) Bevington and they married in January 1967. Their adventures together included living in Indonesia for nine years, Libya for six years, England for two years and finally to Rogers, Arkansas in 1984. From this loving marriage of 47 years came three adoring children; Scott Anders Bevington, wife Aly and sons Drew and Ryan of Richmond, Texas, Paige Elizabeth Ferguson, husband Brian and daughters Briana, Asher and Molly of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Todd Able Bevington, wife Kristi and son Cooper of Bentonville, Arkansas. Sally was also fortunate to have a loving cousin, Jacque Zulch of Bryan, Texas and her brother Eddie Anders of Kerrville, Texas. Sally was deeply loved by her entire family and all six of her grandchildren thought she hung the moon.
Sally’s greatest pleasures included creating wonderful masterpieces in watercolor, lunching and shopping with her dear friends, volunteering at several organizations such as Junior Auxiliary and the Benton County Women’s Shelter Thrift Store. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She spent hours leading them on adventures such as troll hunts in the backyard and other wild expeditions. Her greatest strength was her kindness and genuine love for everyone as well as her generosity of spirit – Sally truly never met a stranger. Her love of life and sparkle came from her joy and sense of humor, and also from the sequined shoes she loved to wear.
A celebration of her life will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 307 West Elm, Rogers on Monday August 18th at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held prior to the service at 10:00 am. A private ceremony will be held graveside.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church, and/or the Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville in thanks for the loving, respectful care she received during her stay.
Shai Linda O’Rand, 57, of Lowell, died Friday, in Springdale.
Preceded in death by parents and two siblings.
Survivors: one son Adrian Michael Flores and her former spouse; Melvin Flores and many loving friends and relatives.
Interment was at Springtown Cemetery.
Everett Levi Wells, 85, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Centerton, Arkansas died Friday, August 08, 2014 at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born January 28, 1929 in Canada the son of Levi Wells.
He attended deaf school in California. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved to BBQ and do mime-dressed as a clown, also loved to work with children. He and his wife volunteered as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause. At church he was known as “Mr. Friendly” and always had a smile for everyone.
He moved to Pea Ridge after moving from California to care for his father. He spent the last several years in Centerton, Arkansas prior to moving to Ohio to the Columbus Colony Elderly Care, a local deaf community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marveen Wells, and one brother.
He is survived by his adopted family “The Isabell’s,” his church family, many friends from the deaf community.
Visitation will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 950 Seba Road, in Centerton from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Funeral service will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located in Centerton.
Memorials may be sent to: “The Missionary Fund” in care of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Clarian Lois Stetzer, 75, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her residence. She was born April 27, 1939 in Wisconsin the daughter of Clara Norton and Thomas Pliss.
She was a homemaker for many years and enjoyed every moment of it. She enjoyed baking and working.
She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas for over 5 years after moving from Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Clarian is survived by: one son; Jerry Stetzer and his wife Rachel, of Texas, two daughters; Charmane Richman, of Bella Vista, Charlyn Sutter, of Florida, one brother; David Pliss, of Arizona, one sister; Sheila Iverson and her husband Greg, of Iowa, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be announced by the family at a later date. Inurnment will be at Barnes, Wisconsin.
John Russell Nelson, 51, of Rogers died Friday at Northwest Medical Center.
He served in the US Army.
Survivors: his mother; Clara Nelson, of Oregon, one son; John W. Nelson II, of Bentonville, and his daughter; Tristin Nelson, of Rogers.
Victoria Polina, 77, of Iowa died August 6, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville. She was born July 21, 1937 in Texas the daughter of Vicenta Ruiz and Jose Polina.
Victoria loved caring and praying for people. She enjoyed spending time outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Survivors include: three brothers; Eli Polina of Oklahoma, Alberto Polina of Iowa, Jose Polina of California, four sisters; Anna Reinier of Iowa, Josie Dickerson of Oklahoma, Helen Thomas of Arkansas, Mary Polina of Arkansas, 28 nieces and nephews, 65 great-nieces and nephews, 8 great-great-great-nieces and nephews and many other loving family members and friends.
Visitation will be 10:00 am Monday, August 11 at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Stilwell, Oklahoma with Funeral service to follow at 11:00 am.
Burial will be at Tyler Springs Cemetery.
Robin Leigh LaVair, 62, of Canehill died August 5, 2014 at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. He was born June 24, 1952 in Syracuse, New York the son of Elizabeth and William LaVair.
Robin was a simple man that loved watching his 4 granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Beth.
Survivors include: one daughter; Bernadette Bryant and her husband Michael of Canehill, Arkansas, one sister; Sharon LaVair of New York, four granddaughters, and many other loving family members and friends.
Xavier Joseph “Joe” Musacchia of Fayetteville died peacefully at his home on August 6, 2014 in the company of his children. Born February 11, 1923 in Brooklyn New York he enlisted in the army in 1942 and was called to active duty in 1943. He proudly served in the US Army during WWII in the European theater earning an Honorable Discharge in December of 1945.
He enrolled in graduate school at Fordham University in New York in 1946 earning his M.S. and Ph.D. in Comparative and Environmental Physiology. In a career spanning more than 50 years he held professorships at St. Louis University and the University of Missouri at Columbia in Physiology. He became Vice Provost for Research at the University of Missouri, later becoming the Dean of the Graduate School. He was the University Provost for Research Affairs at the University of Louisville, retiring in 1991 and remained Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Biophysics.
Joe was an active member of his parish churches serving on parish councils and in the Eucharistic Ministry. He moved from Bella Vista, Arkansas to Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2004.
He married Betty Cook in 1950 and shared 58 years of marriage. Joe and Betty enjoyed art, music and opera and had a love for lifelong learning. They traveled to many countries as part of his research and academic career as well as for pleasure. Betty preceded Joe in death in December of 2008. Also preceding him were his parents Orsolina and Castrense Musacchia, his sisters, Mary, Lucy and Adelaide.
Joe is survived by his four children and their spouses; Joseph (Khorshed), Mary (Jim), Thomas (Polly) and Laura(Loren). Beloved grandfather of Stephen, Malinda, Thomas, Joseph, Michael, Sara, Matthew and Nathan.
Dad you taught us well and you will live on in our hearts. You will be missed.
Mass will be offered on Monday August 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church 1722 N. Starr Drive, Fayetteville, AR.
Following the Mass a private memorial service for family will be held at the gravesite.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice 901 Jones Rd. Springdale, AR 72762 or the Maryknoll Sisters Retirement, P.O. Box 317, Maryknoll, NY 10545.
Sandra Nurnet Thomas, 63, of Elkins died Sunday, August 3 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. She was born April 7, 1951 in the Haiti, Missouri the daughter of Vera and Leslie Newton.
She enjoyed reading, watching tv and all Dallas sports.
Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Allen Thomas, her parents, one brother and one sister.
She is survived by one son; Jordan Thomas of Bentonville, one daughter; Marsha Mix and her fiance Michael McBride of Elkins, one brother, Richard Newton of Texas, two grandchildren; Brendan Leslie Mix of Huntsville, Noah Daline Mix of Elkins, and many other family members and friends.
A memorial fund has been set up for the family at Arvest Bank as Marsha Mix in lieu of Sandra Thomas.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Joshua Nicholas Russell, 25, of Rogers, Arkansas died Saturday, August 02, 2014 at his home. He was born June 28, 1989 in Arizona.
Joshua is survived by many loving relatives and a host of friends.
Roberta June Shields, 75, of Bentonville died Friday, August 1, 2014in Bentonville. She was born April 8, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.
Survivors include: two sons, one daughter, two brothers, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Angeles Dalimocon Inquig, 71, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Friday, August 01, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born December 13, 1942 in the Philippines the daughter of Sofronio and Marciana Caneso Dalimocon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Sofronio Dalimocon, Wilfredo Dalimocon, and one sister; Victoria Teves.
Angeles is survived by her husband, Paterno Inquig; one son, Armando “Mandy” Inquig; one daughter, Milagros “Mila” Inquig and her husband Keith Martin; one brother, Norberto Dalimocon; two sisters Nympha Cabildo and Blanca Agosto; one granddaughter, Sara Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2pm until 6pm at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville.
A second visitation will be Monday from 8:45am until 9:45am at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Bentonville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10am at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Bentonville with MSGR Scott L. Marczuk officiating. Interment will follow at Bentonville Cemetery.
Earl Dean West, 73, of Bella Vista died Friday, August 1, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice Bentonville. He was born March 28, 1941 in Maryville, Missouri the son of Edith and Earl West.
Earl served in the US Navy. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 2144. Earl enjoyed fishing and throwing darts.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews.
Earl is survived by his wife of 49 years Leota "Lee" West of Bella Vista, one son; Earl Duane West of Iowa, one daughter; Teresa West of Texas, two brothers; Don West and his wife Julie, of Wisconsin, John West and his wife Sharon, of Missouri, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, special friends; Dan and Marilyn Franklin of Bella Vista many loving family members and friends and his special buddy "Peanut".
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.