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John Reese Evans IV

July 18, 1973 until November 22, 2020


John Reese Evans IV, 47, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He was born July 18th, 1973 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to John Reese Evans III and Shelly Evans. 

 

John was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bella Vista. He enjoyed motorcycles and held fond memories of racing quarter horses with his father and helping his grandfather on a cattle ranch in Arizona. He was most happy when he was serving his family and his friends.

 

He moved from Arizona to Northwest Arkansas in 2005. It was there that he met and married his wife Darcie on May 11th, 2013.

 

John is survived by his wife; Darcie, son; John Reese Evans V; daughter; Madeline Evans, step-daughters; Addison Nielsen and Reagan Nielsen, Brothers; Delbert Cody Evans and his wife Marcy, and Joseph Reo Evans and his wife Leslie, sister; Alexandra Evans, and his mother; Shelly Evans.

 

He is preceded in death by his sister; Brooke Evans, father; John Reese Evans III, and his grandparents; John Reese Jr. and Emily Evans, and Delbert and Juanita Allred.

 

Visitation will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bella Vista on Friday, November 27th from 6pm to 8pm, and Funeral Service on Saturday, November 28th at 11am.

Saundra Kaye Jones
June 9, 1947 until November 20, 2020


Saundra Kaye Jones, 73, of Lowell passed away November 20 at a skilled care facility in Springdale. She was born June 9, 1947 in Little Rock to Thomas and Helen (Cutrell) Winchester.


Saundra had only lived in Northwest Arkansas for a short time after moving from Damascus, Arkansas. She loved animals and reading her Bible. She also enjoyed homesteading, painting, and generally making things beautiful. Saundra was also known for telling expansive stories of her life experiences, and she will always be known for her cooking; especially her sweet tea and homemade biscuits.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen Jones; her sister, Mary Andrews; grandson, Cory Collins; and great-grandson, Christopher Collins III.


Saundra is survived by one daughter, Shelly Collins of Lowell; two sons: Chris Collins Sr. of Gentry and Thomas Shaw of Bryant; one brother, William Benner Jr.; three sisters: Florence Alexander, Judith Mears (Richard), and Helen Nichols; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

John Thomas Talley

October 16, 1935 until November 15, 2020


Graveside services for Mr. John Thomas Talley, age 85, will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the Western Cemetery, Emerson, AR with Bro. David Watkins officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Talley was born on October 16, 1935 to Millage Thomas and Annie Leona Morris Talley in Emerson, AR and passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in Bentonville, AR. He was a member of Western Baptist Church, was a veteran of the U. S. Army and was retired from International Paper Company.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Kay Mitchell Talley of Rogers, AR; son, Thomas C. (Karen) Talley of Bella Vista, AR; daughter-in-law, Penney Wise Pias of Fairfield Bay, AR; five grandchildren, Amber (Scott) Byrd of Benton, AR, Jonathan (Ashley) Talley of Ashdown, AR, Kristie (Chris) Greenfield of Bella Vista, AR, Jennifer (Jeff) Welch of Centerton, AR, and Sarah Talley of Rogers, AR; nine great-grandchildren, Anniston Byrd, Karysn Byrd, Tatum Talley, Ryan Talley, Kinsley Talley, Kaylea Greenfield, Christian Greenfield, Kendall Welch and Jonesie Welch; a sister, Mary L. Weddle and husband, Jack of Warrenton, VA; a sister-in-law, June White Talley of Lewisville, AR.

Mr. Talley was preceded in death by a son, John "David" Talley and his parents, two brothers, Cecil Talley and Henry Edsel Talley; a sister, Imogene Raborn and his first wife, Donna Lea Smith Talley.

John Truley “Butch” Mulkey
April 25, 1955 until November 11, 2020

John Truley "Butch" Mulkey, 65, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in Kansas City, KS, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in McDonald County, MO.

Butch was born April 25, 1955, in Monroe, LA. He married the love of this life Toni Marie Norman on May 19, 1973, in Andrews.

He began his career in the oilfield in West Texas at age 17, which led to him working offshore and overseas in Malaysia, Scotland, Chad and Nigeria. He took pride in his strong work ethic and providing for his family.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles and playing chess, as well as playing cards, dominoes and other games with his family. He also enjoyed history, especially outlaws of the old west and claimed to be full of useless knowledge that always surprised and entertained his family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved father-in-law, Frankie Norman.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Toni, of Andrews; daughter, April Rood and husband Roger and grandson Andy Fowler, all of Bella Vista, AR; mother-in-law Carolyn Norman and brother-in-law, Dusty Norman and wife Susan, all of Bastrop; nephew Chris Norman and wife Michelle of Spring; and niece Tami Lynch and husband Jesse stationed in Okinawa, Japan.


A small family service will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

The family has requested that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Bryssa April Gezell Kosiek

October 20, 2020 until November 11, 2020


Bryssa April Gezell Kosiek was born on October 20, 2020 and passed away in her home on November 11, 2020. She is loved and missed deeply by her parents, Anita Mann-Kosiek and Timothy Kosiek.


Bryssa is survived by her parents; two brothers: William Mann and Caden Kosiek; four sisters: Alexis, Adrienne, Ashlee, and Amber Kosiek; and her grandfather, Charles Eubanks and his wife, Eva.


A funeral service will be Friday, November 20 at 10:00am at C7 Church, 2003 SW Regional Airport Boulevard in Bentonville, Arkansas.


Renee Eileen Noehre

February 20, 1954 until November 11, 2020


Renee Eileen Noehre, age 66, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born February 20, 1954 in Milbank, South Dakota the daughter of Curtis A. and Elaine R. Hallberg.

 

Due to Covid, there will only be a private service at her beloved Neighborhood Church located in Bentonville. 

Roe Ann Thornton

June 12, 1960 until November 8, 2020


Roe Ann Thornton, age 60, of Gravette, went home to be the Lord, Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born June 12, 1960 in El Dorado, Arkansas the daughter of Evelyn Davis Norton and Jimmy Norton.

 

She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2005, from Camden, Arkansas.  She worked with Wal-Mart for well over 30 years.  She loved the Razorbacks and spending quality time with her grandchildren. 


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and two siblings. 

 

Roe Ann is survived by:  her husband of 42 years; Roy Thornton, whom she married June 16, 1978, one son; Josh Thornton and his wife Kristi, of Pea Ridge, one daughter; Crystal Davis, of Bentonville, and four grandchildren. 


Services will be announced at a later date by the family. 

Lloyd Biles
August 19, 1949 until November 5, 2020

Lloyd Biles, 71, died Thursday, November 5th at Mercy Hospital. He was born on August 19, 1949 in Burlington, Arkansas to Nora and Henry Biles.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.

 Lloyd is survived by one daughter, Christina Trejo; five siblings, Don, Loretta, Rita, Barbara, and Jean; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

James V. Neary

January 3, 1944 until November 2, 2020


James V. Neary (Jay) was born on January 30,1944 in New York City, NY to a large Irish family. His father,Thomas was a NY detective who married a beautiful schoolteacher Francis Hanlon. Together they had Ruth,Tom,James,Mary and Anne . Two girl cousins,Alice Towey and Mary 'Sis' Cannon were also considered their siblings.


Jay was known to always have an exceedingly quick wit, optimistic view of life, and truly fun to be around. He was known to be an excellent basketball player and inducted into the University of North Carolina Wilmington Hall of Fame award for his efforts. He also played professionally but always said "it was just long enough for a cup of coffee".


In 1979, Jay married Lori J. Young from Texas. They had a 41 year loving marriage. He gained a brother in law, Kelly Young (daughter Jenny Young)was married to Lou Ann, now deceased, and mother in law Sondra Young. It was Sondra and Kelly that helped bring him to Jesus.


His father in law Jerry Young(deceased) Is probably teaching him how to "really" fly fish in heaven. Also learning "true way" of fishing with Bob Wilson (deceased).


Education was very important to this Irish family and Jay received a Masters of Education in Sports Administration. He enjoyably coached several teams through the years. "Coach, I'm warning you, get back in your box!" It was hard for Jay to stay in any box! Burke Petit, you are well aware.


He and Lori recently went through rigorous training for Billy Graham Rapid Response teams and then became Chaplains for deployment to help in areas of disaster.


He truly enjoyed playing golf and basically harassing his golf buddies as much as possible. He loved you. You know who you are.


He is survived by his wife Lori and their children,Heather and husband Tom Daley with grandson Elysian. Colleen Neary with granddaughter Caitlyn and last gift, Hope Neary. All of Tulsa, OK.


His oldest daughters and grandchildren in NY are Caryn Neary and her children, Michael Steven and Cameryn, Suzanne Gordon, husband Cormac, and boys Cormac,Jack, and Shane. Allison and husband Brian Philips and daughters Caitlyn and Riley. He was amazed by and loved these strong women.


Brother Tom Neary now in Florida, whom he looked up to his whole life.


His dear younger sisters in Seattle are Mary Krenelka, and Anne with husband Michael Simnowitz. Mary Cannon ,'Sis', in Montauk. He loved the trips to see you guys.


Nebraska folks Dan and Melissa Schultz, Shawn and Marsha Wilson and daughters, Dave and Amanda Enquist and beautiful family.


You know how much he loved you all.


His greatest desire was that his children and grandchildren would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He looks forward to seeing you again. Love one another. All of you.

Peggy Lynne (Weeks) Byford

January 5, 1954 until November 3, 2020


Peggy Lynne (Weeks) Byford, 66, of Centerton, Arkansas passed away on November 3, 2020 in Bentonville, AR. She was born January 5, 1954 in Bellefontaine, OH.

 

In 1997, Peggy married Carlyle Royce “CR” Byford in Versailles, Ohio. Ms Byford enjoyed life to the fullest with CR in small-town Ohio, the bright lights of Vegas, on a ranch in Texas, and a brief visit to Alaska.

 

She is survived by son Ryan Hannan, his wife Wendi, and grandsons Joshua and Oliver of Bentonville, AR; brother Michael Weeks of Ansonia, OH; sister Mary Anspach of Lebanon, PA; brother Lee Weeks of Conrad, IA; step-brother Kevin Weeks of New Mexico; and half-brother Bob Weeks of Greenville, OH.

 

Ms Byford was preceded in death by her spouse, Carlyle Royce “CR” Byford; mother Dorothy Ann (Ashley) Shirley; father William Stanley Weeks; step-brother Kurt Weeks Sr; and half-brother Bill Weeks.

 

Memorials may be made to your local women’s or homeless shelter.

Crystal June Greenhaw

June 11, 1979 until November 3, 2020


Crystal June Greenhaw, 41, of Centerton died November 3 in Bentonville. She was born June 11, 1979 in Allentown, PA to Richard and Cynthia Wright.


Preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Frances Hill.


Survivors: daughters: Arieanne Wright of Russellville, Hailey Wright and Piper Greenhaw of Missouri; her parents; brothers: Richard Blackburn and spouse, David, of Russellville, and Daniel Wright of Mountain Home; ex-husband, Chad Greenhaw of Missouri; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.


A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4511 West Wedington Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72704. Time to be announced.


Cheryl Renee Williams

August 18, 1938 until November 1, 2020


Cheryl Renee Williams, a beloved momma and nana, died unexpectedly in her home on November 1, 2020. 

 

Cheryl was born on August 18, 1965 to Jerald Huskey and Sandra Hyatt in Springdale, Arkansas. Her entire world was her daughters, Brittni Renee and Courtney Raye, born to her and David Cook. After becoming a mom, she attended nursing school at NWACC to receive two associate degrees and went on to become a nurse. 

 

She was full of life and had the biggest heart for her family and Jesus. After beginning to read her bible again a few years ago, she was on fire for God and spreading the word of Jesus to everyone she knew. She spoke regularly about how God had changed her heart and her life. It was evident that she wanted to instill these values in her daughters and granddaughters. 

 

She had underlying health problems that resulted in her being exhausted on most days. No matter how tired she was, she felt that every minute spent with her loved ones was always worth it. She enjoyed decorating, home improvement projects, gardening, and being silly with her daughters and granddaughters. Her joyful spirit radiated in every room she was in. We will miss that most about her.

 

Cheryl was preceded in death by her dad, Jerald Huskey, and three grandchildren as a result of miscarriage. She is survived by her two daughters Brittni Harp of Pea Ridge, AR and Courtney Whitehead of Joplin, MO. They are supported by their loving husbands Trevor Harp and Dayton Whitehead. She is also survived by her two beautiful grandchildren (aka her sugar babies) Brilee Renee and Parker Quinn, Sandra Hyatt (mom), her siblings (Valerie Naberhuis, Alan Huskey, and Jeff Huskey), and her best friend Jeff Williams. She has left behind many other family members and friends that loved her deeply and will miss her greatly.

 

Visitation to be held on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and Funeral Service on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 10am at First Baptist Church of Rogers, Arkansas, Pleasant Grove location.

Helen Marie Pile
March 16, 1932 until November 1, 2020

Helen Marie Pile, age 88, died Sunday, November 1, 2020 at her residence, where she had been surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 16, 1932 in Friedens, Pennsylvania to Bert and Olive Pugh.

She married her childhood sweetheart on November 17, 1950 and they moved to Arkansas in July of 1951. Helen was a homemaker who loved gardening and spent her life caring for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She attended First Baptist Church of Lowell for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Bruce Pile; son-in-law Dave Moffitt; and grandson Colby Pile.

Helen is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Pile of 70 years, children, Barry Pile, Sherrie Moffitt and Mark (Missy) Pile all of Lowell; grandchildren, Aaron (Jessica) Pile, Chelsea (Ryan) Tucker, Ann Marie Pile, Michelle (Damon) Donnell, Michael (Jennifer) Moffitt, Dustin Pile, and Bailey Pile; great-grandchildren, Khyleigh Kelly, Emma Pile, Graham Tucker, Lucy Tucker, Faith and Cadence Donnell, Jacob, Joshua and Jonathan Moffitt, Lane Pile, and many loving friends.

A public visitation will be Wednesday, November 4 from 5 to 7pm at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville.

A public graveside service will be held Thursday, November 5th at Rogers Cemetery at 2pm with Gary Thomas and Ben Rowell presiding.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 5506 West Walsh Lane, Suite 212, Rogers, Arkansas 72758, Circle of Life Hospice at 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762, or your favorite charity.
Gerard Kinsell Swartz
December 6, 1940 until November 1, 2020

Gerard Kinsell Swartz died November 1, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born December 6, 1940 in Berkley, California to Herman Frank Swartz and Margaret Phyllis Sawyer Swartz.


Gerard served in the Air Force. He married his love, Judy, on April 11, 1963. His career was, in a field that he had a passion for, in electronics as a quality assurance manager and he worked a few different companies in Silicon Valley. He never strayed far from the Bay Area then retired in Auburn, California. In 2017, Gerard and Judy moved to Arkansas to be near his children and grandchildren.

He enjoyed sailing on the bay and reading everything from history to sci-fi. His memory for what he read was truly remarkable.  He enjoyed a good cigar, a bottle scotch or bottle of port, and conversations with friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Judy after 54 years of marriage.

Gerard leaves behind four children, Kathleen Annette Deason of Seligman, Missouri, Darla Evenson of Rogers, Gerard Kinsell Swartz II of Avoca, Judy Francine Pautlitz of Exeter, Missouri; eight grandchildren, numerous great-grands and great-great-grands, nieces and nephews, and a cranky black cat called R2D2.

He will be missed but remembered.
Lola Mae Taylor
August 15, 1933 until October 31, 2020

Lola Mae Taylor, 87, died Saturday, October 31, 2020 in Centerton, Arkansas. She was born on August 15, 1933 in Denver, Arkansas to Charles Braswell and Elzie (Butler) Ferguson.

Lola enjoyed her family, cooking, playing the organ, reading the Bible, yoga, going on walks and drinking tea. She also loved snow skiing and going to the Pacific Northwest coast.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband James Taylor, daughter Carol Li and brother Gene Braswell.

Lola is survived by her husband Joe Erwin of Green Forest; son John Taylor of South Dakota; two daughters, Linda Powell of Centerton, Karen Taylor of Beaverton, Oregon; two sisters, Charlene Jenkins of Green Forest, Ray Ann Worley of Berryville; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of loving friends.

Funeral services and burial are to be held in Vancouver, Washington.
Cynthia "Cindy" Louise Boosey
July 1, 1963 until October 27, 2020

Cynthia “Cindy” Louise Boosey, age 57, of Fayetteville went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.  She was born on July 1, 1963 in Memphis, Tennessee to Jimmie Lou Garrison Blair and Eulyse Elbert Blair.

 

Cindy attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  There Cindy found a passion for interpreting and transferred to Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee and majored in Sign Language Interpreting, attaining, National RID certification.  

 

Cindy moved back to Memphis and worked at a local interpreting service while attending Central Church, where Cindy was a secretary and interpreted services.  There Cindy met her future husband, Rick.

 

Cindy, along with Rick owned and operated World Garden and later Kyya Chocolate. 

 

She was preceded in death by: her father, Eulyse Elbert Blair on June 8th, 2019.

 

Cindy is survived by her husband of 29 years, Richard “Rick” William Boosey III, four daughters; Peyton Elizabeth, Madison Louise, Cassandra Mae Jin and Abigail Blair of Fayetteville, Arkansas, her mother; Jimmie Lou Blair, of Oakland Tennessee, two brothers, Tony Blair of Collierville, Tennessee, Paul Blair and wife Nell from Arlington, Tennessee, two nieces, one nephew, 13 cousins and a litany of friends around the world.

Memorials may be sent to the Joshua Center, Village on the Creeks, 2105 South 54th St, Suite 2, Rogers, AR 72758

A Celebration Service of Cindy’s life will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00AM at Fellowship Church Main Sanctuary, 3493 AR-112 Fayetteville, AR 72704

Jerry Lee Nordyke

January 16, 1946 until October 23, 2020


On Friday October 23rd, 2020- Jerry Lee Nordyke of Lowell AR passed away at Circle of Life Hospice.   Jerry was born 1/16/46 in Sigourny Iowa to Walter and Florence Nordyke. He married Taddy A Nordyke and moved to Arkansas where they raised 2 sons Torin and Jaran Nordyke and 1 daughter Jarita Nordyke. He retired from Wal-Mart in 2014.

 

Jerry had a passion for his ministry as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and for his children and family. He also took great pleasure in golf, boating on Beaver Lake, home DIY, Arkansas Razorback sports, travel, watching his granddaughter Victoria and Great-granddaughter Alaina grow up.

 

He was especially thankful to Dr. Thad Beck and Dr. Juan Lombeida at Highlands Oncology Group as well as Circle of Life Hospice for the precious time they were able to give him with his family.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He is survived by his wife Taddy, sons Torin and his wife Terrie, Jaran and his wife Cassandra, daughter Jarita, granddaughter Victoria, Great granddaughter Alaina, Sister Dixie and her husband Ron, brother Duane and wife Linda, and brother Richard as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces.

His funeral service will be held via Zoom on Saturday November 14th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Ruth Janet Dawson

April 7, 1942 until October 14, 2020


Ruth Janet Dawson, age 78, of Pea Ridge died Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at her residence.  She was born April 7, 1942 in Michigan the daughter of Rudolph Ducel.  

 

She was a cashier for Wal-Mart at Store #1 for over 20 years.  For fun she enjoyed fishing, gardening, and sewing.  She moved in 1984 from California to Northwest Arkansas. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her husband; Joe Dawson and the father of her children; Mervin Stead.

 

Survivors include:  three sons; Harvey Stead, John Stead, Larry Stead, one daughter; Nancy Stead, one brother; Rudy Ducel, and three grandchildren. 

 

A graveside service will be announced by the family and located at VA National Cemetery located in Fayetteville.

Donald Melvin Mowrey

August 9, 1921 until October 14, 2020


Donald Melvin Mowrey, age 99, of Bentonville died Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  He was born the son of Ruth Sheridan and Fred Mowrey on August 9, 1921 in Warrensburg, Missouri.

 

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  He worked with the Missouri Pacific Railroad for over 30 years, as a Switchman. 

 

He was preceded in death by:  his parents, his youngest son; Daniel Mowrey, and the mother of his children; Peggy Mowrey.

 

Donald is survived by:  one son; Mike Mowrey, and his wife Janie, of Rogers, four grandchildren; Carissa Bellflowers, Amanda Belt, Caleb Mowrey, and Stephen Mowrey, and many great-grandchildren.

 

No services are planned at this time.

Ismael Ramirez Gonzalez

November 29, 1947 until October 13, 2020


Ismael Ramirez Gonzalez, 72, of Bentonville passed away October 13 at Northwest Medical Center. He was born November 29, 1947 in Cuquio, Mexico to Jose and Elvira Gonzalez.


Ismael had lived in Northwest Arkansas for over 32 years after moving from Oklahoma. He worked for many years in the poultry industry. He enjoyed going dancing, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and drinking coffee on his front porch.


Ismael was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.


Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jacqueline of Bentonville; three children: Eustolia, Jaime, and Ricardo Gonzalez, all of Fort Worth, Texas; four brothers: Isaac, Florantino, Pedro, and Esteban Gonzalez; one sister, Chavela Gonzalez; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Rhonda Hook

June 14, 1948 until October 6, 2020


Rhonda Hook, age 72, of Gravette died Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in Gravette.  She was born June 14, 1948 in Gravette the daughter of Lena Porter and Lester Clell Smith.

 

She was a lifetime resident of Gravette.  She loved spending quality time with her family, and especially time with her grandchildren. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and her infant granddaughter; Brayleigh Nicole Hook. 

 

Rhonda is survived by:  her husband of 55 years; Gary Hook, whom she married August 26, 1965, one son; Michael Harrison Hook and his wife Laura, of Cassville, Missouri, two daughters; Barbara Jean Hook, of Atlanta, Georgia, Terri Ann Hook, of Gravette, one brother; Johnny Dean Smith, of Florida, three sisters; Connie Edminsten, of Gravette, Francis Jean Hendricks, of Gravette, Joy Turner and her husband Bill, of Siloam Springs, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be Saturday from 1-2pm at The Church on the Hill located in Gravette.  Funeral service will begin Saturday at 2pm with Pastor Jim Starr officiating.   Interment will be at Lee Cemetery located in Gravette.  Pallbearers will be her loving grandchildren. 

 

Memorials may be sent to:   The Church on the Hill located in Gravette.

Verna Mae Foresee
May 21, 1947 until October 3, 2020

Verna Mae Foresee, 73, of Lowell died October 3rd at a skilled nursing facility. She was born May 21, 1947 in Lowell, Arkansas the daughter of Marvin and Anna Foresee.

Verna was up early everyday taking care of her dog Skippy. He was her pride and joy. Then she was ready to walk to the Lowell Senior Center. She truly enjoyed getting to see her friends and visit, have a meal or play bingo. She loved volunteering there and at the Lowell Historical Museum. She always greeted you with a big smile. She could be seen walking all over town. She would visit with the Lowell Fire Department, City Hall and Mayor’s Office often. Then maybe the post office, bank, doctor’s office, pharmacy and even DQ. Verna was even Crowned 2014 Mudtown Queen of Lowell. Verna always kept herself busy, making friends along the way.

 

Verna attended the Trinity Apostolic Faith Church of Cave Springs, AR where she was active with the choir, women’s retreat and bible study. A great part of the church family, she will be greatly missed.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by sisters, Sandra (Jimmy) Brown, and Ivon Clardy and many loving friends and relatives.

Visitation will be 10am on Wednesday, October 7th at Trinity Apostolic Faith Church located in Cave Springs. Funeral will be at 11am on Wednesday, October 7th at Trinity Apostolic Faith Church located in Cave Springs with burial to follow at Benton County Memorial Park Cemetery in Rogers.

Bert Gerald Johnson
April 4, 1967 until September 29, 2020

Bert Gerald Johnson, 53, of Gravette passed away September 29 in Springdale. He was born April 4, 1967 in Rogers to Bert Hugo Johnson and Geraldine Gan Johnson.

 

Bert was a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas, where he worked as a construction manager. He enjoyed hunting with his grandfather, camping, fishing, grilling and riding his motorcycle.

 

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bonnie, sister Elaine, and brother Doug.

 

Survivors include his daughter, Emily; stepsons Harley and Matthew, his companion, Mary Perkins, sister Chris, sister Terry, and several neices, nephews and cousins.

 

A memorial service will be held October 10 at Little Flock Cemetery at 10am, followed by a celebration of life at his home in Gravette.

Iven Dale Russell

April 7, 1978 until September 20, 2020


Iven Dale Russell, 42, of Rogers passed away September 20 at a skilled care facility in Bentonville. He was born April 7, 1978 in Fayetteville to Troy and Joyce (Stevens) Russell.

 

Iven was a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas except for the two months that he moved to Kerrville, Texas to live with Willow until he missed his family too much and the two of them moved back to Northwest Arkansas.  He worked as a computer technician. He was a member of the House of God Church in Rogers. Iven enjoyed watching; WWE Wrestling, the NFL especially the Indianapolis Colts, and the Arkansas Razorbacks Football. He also loved music and singing; and was a fan of Elvis Presley. When not watching sports or listening to Elvis, he enjoyed sightseeing and shows in Branson with his family.

 

Iven was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; in-laws, Bert and Bonnie Sayre; brother-in-law, Dale Cannady; and uncles: John Lee, Harvey, and LeRoy Stevens.

 

Survivors include his wife of six years and his high school sweetheart, S.K. Willow Sayre Russell of Rogers; step-sons Christian and Jayden Russell of the home; daughter Zoe McDaniel of the home; brothers: Troy Wayne Russell of Rogers, Kelly Russell of Lowell, Daniel Russell (Rabecka) of Lowell; sister, Joyce Asher (Gary) of Lowell; brother-in-law, Zachary Espinosa (Mataya) of Rogers; sisters-in-laws: Janette Bryant of Missouri, Amber McDaniel of Rogers, Ashley James (Frank) of Bella Vista; Aimee Hussien (Alaa) of Pea Ridge, Allison Huddleston of the home; cousin-in-law, Carrie Ballentine of the home; niece: Amanda Russell of the home, his ex-wife; Melissa Starr, of Fayetteville; foster-mothers-in-laws: Pamela Espinosa and Cassey Compton of Rogers; and nieces and nephews; Kristan Hann (Max), Sarah Russell (Jake), Chris Russell, Shane Russell, Andrew Russell, Eve Russell, Elijah Russell, Cheyenne Russell, Skylar Evans, Ruby Rhodes, Victoria Dacanay, Dezi Rhodes, John Asher, Shannon Rossiter, Kimberly Asher, Kaylee Asher, Zechariah Rossiter, Bradley Morales, Nualla Lescult, Mark Alan Lescult Jr., Mark Lescult, Emilee Rusher, Brittney Russell, Markus Russell, Gage Bryant, Christina Netherton (Chris), Millie Netherton, Jonah McDaniel, Elizabeth James, Cassidy James, Abigail James, Farrah Hussien, Adam Hussien, Silas Huddleston, of the home, aunts and uncles; Margaret Acuff (Bill), JoAnn Hall, Marcia Stevens, Gene Stevens (Dora), and many extended family members and friends.

 

A graveside service will be Tuesday, September 22 at 11am at Forrest Park Cemetery in Springdale.  A celebration of Iven’s life will follow at House of God Church in Rogers.

 

Pallbearers: Shane Russell, Daniel Russell, Jason Qualls, Kelly Asher, Zach Espinosa, and Frank James.

 

Honorary pallbearers: Zoe McDaniel, Gary Asher, Markus Russell, Zechariah Rossiter, Christian Russell, Jayden Russell, Troy Wayne Russell, Ashley James, Taylor McNair, Josh Thomas, David Trimble, John John Rusher, Mark Lescult, and Britney Russell.

Thomas C. Apple
April 19, 1958 until September 13, 2020

Thomas C. Apple, 62, of Fayetteville died Sunday, September 13, 2020 at North Hills Life Care. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas the son of Fred and Shirley Apple and raised in Lonoke, Arkansas.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by daughter, Eva Apple of Iowa; brothers, Neal Apple and his wife Linda of Rogers, Scot Apple and his wife Emilie of North Little Rock; sister, Terry Apple of Fayetteville; two grandchildren, Akota and Asher; many nieces and nephews and loving friends.

Summerhill, Kathryn.jpgKathryn Koehler Summerhill
April 14, 1949 until September 12, 2020

Kathryn Koehler Summerhill, 71, of Hot Springs, passed away September 12, 2020, in Fayetteville. Kathy was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, to George and Mary Koehler.


As a teenager she moved with her family to Helena, Arkansas, where she graduated from Central High School and married Russell Lloyd "Pete" Summerhill. They were married 52 years and had three children who they loved to the moon and back - Jennifer Summerhill Ward (Randy) of Magnet Cove, Brian Summerhill (Stacey) of Conway, and Anna Nelson (Chris) of Fayetteville.

Kathy obtained degrees from Phillips College and UAMS and worked as a medical lab technologist at Helena Regional and St. Joseph's in Hot Springs. She and Lloyd traveled by land, sea, and air and enjoyed many adventures together.

She was widowed for 51 weeks, during which time she moved from Hot Springs to Springdale to embark on new adventures. She was deeply loved by her family.

Nana leaves behind eight grandchildren of whom she was so very proud - Jake, Claire, and Molly Nelson, Corey Anna, Emily, and Elizabeth Jack Ward, Patrick Summerhill, and Hali Boyce. She is survived by her brothers - George Koehler (Geri) of Oxnard, California, and Peter Koehler (Maureen) of Easton, Pennsylvania, sisters-in-law Peggy Henson, Joyce Stanford, and Loyce Corbitt, and brother-in-law Larry Summerhill of Helena-West Helena.

She was predeceased by her sister Carol Lucas of Llandudno, North Wales, UK.

There will be a private memorial.

Jamie Mark Edwards

November 13, 1958 until September 10, 2020


Jamie Mark Edwards, age 61, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at his residence.  He was born November 13, 1958 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

 

Survivors include:  one son, one daughter, one brother, and three grandchildren.

Vesta Jean Curtsinger

July 14, 1927 until September 7, 2020


Vesta Jean Curtsinger of West Fork, AR passed away peacefully at home on September 7, 2020.

Jean was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 14, 1927 to Earl and Effie Thomas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, triplet siblings, and her husband Jesse Birch “JB” Curtsinger.

Jean is survived by daughter Jody Lee and husband Malcolm of Santa Monica, CA, daughter Jan Alexander and husband Dale of Shelter Cove, CA, and son Tim Helder and wife Holly of West Fork, AR. She is also survived by her grandchildren Christy, Nolan and wife Kasey, Clay, Karli and husband Beau and great grandchildren Nicholas, Noah, Kane, Ruthie, Ellie, Henry, Alana and Joey.

Mom and JB attended First Baptist Church of West Fork, she loved spending time playing games with her family and friends.

She was given exceptional care over the last couple of years. A special thanks to Jennifer Livermore who attended to her medical needs and of course to Mary Siniawa and Vivian Hanson who became part of our family as they lovingly cared for mom on a daily basis.

John R. Lipe Jr.

July 8, 1969 until August 31, 2020


John R. Lipe Jr., 51, of Bella Vista passed away August 31 in his home. He was born July 8, 1969 in Germany to John and Greta Lipe.

 

John was preceded in death by his father.

 

Survivors include his mother, Greta, of Bella Vista, one brother, and many loving relatives.

 

No services are planned at this time.

Mason Parker Stevens

October 18, 2013 until August 28, 2020


Mason Parker Stevens, age 6, of Little Flock received his angel wings on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital located in Little Rock. He was born October 18, 2013 in Bentonville and is the son of Zach and JoAnn Stevens.

He recently started kindergarten at Russell Jones Elementary School and had spent the previous 5 years at Sunshine School & Development Center. He enjoyed playing with ferris wheels, his toy kitchen, loved spending time in the water, and watching Elmo’s World.

He was preceded in death by his cousin Mackenzie McCarthy.

Mason is survived by his parents; Zach and JoAnn Stevens, of Little Flock; one brother, Ethan Tanner Stevens, of Little Flock; his great grandmother, Jackie Dykes of Hot Springs, AR; his grandparents, John and Vicky Stevens of Hot Springs, AR, Dave and Kathy Carpenter of Watervliet, NY, and James Izzo of Bennington, VT. He is also survived by his loving aunts Jennifer (Matt) Richardson of Ashdown, AR; Charlene (Nicholas) Prince of Nashville, TN; and Ashley Carpenter of Fredericksburg, VA and many other family members who he loved so much.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-3pm at First Baptist Rogers “Olive Street Location.”

A celebration of Mason’s life will be Tuesday at 3pm at First Baptist Rogers “Olive Street Location” with Pastor Dawn Spragg officiating. Interment will follow at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens located in Rogers.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Stevens, Trent Hunter, Matt Murphy, Matt Richardson and Dean Bailey.

The family would like to give special thanks to the first responders with Little Flock Police & Fire Department; Rogers Fire Department; and the doctors, nurses and staff at Northwest Medical Center and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mason's honor to Sunshine School & Development Center. http://nwasunshineschool.org/mason-stevens-memorial

Live Stream Celebration of Life for Mason

Robert Frank Scruton

July 4, 1930 until August 22, 2020


Robert Frank Scruton, 90, died August 22, 2020, in Rogers, Arkansas.  He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Betty Scruton, and a sister, Barbara Hardardt.

 

He was a US Navy Veteran, serving in the Korean War.


Survivors include:  his wife; Eleanor, two sons, six grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

 

No funeral services are planned; burial will occur in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Hazel Womble
March 1, 1921 until August 21, 2020

Hazel Womble, 99, of Rogers died August 21st at a skilled nursing facility. She was born on March 1, 1921 to Mamie and Lem Willis in Oklahoma.


Hazel is survived by son-in-law, Mike Bimm; grandsons, Sean and Jeremy Bimm and many friends.

Mary Edythe Mason

June 3, 1940 until August 19, 2020

Mary Edythe Mason, 80, of Rogers passed away August 19 in her home, surrounded by family. She was born June 3, 1940 in Brutus, Michigan to Ivan and Edith Sanford.


Mary had lived in Northwest Arkansas for 25 years after moving from Diamond City, Arkansas. She retired as Financial Director for the City of Lowell. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, playing cards, doing puzzles, and sewing. She was faithful in her church. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her cat, Izzy.


Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two children, Dale and Jodi.


Survivors include five children: Kim Harris (Bryan) of Michigan, Tonya Duran (Rick) of Rogers, Scott Smith (Tanya) of Eureka Springs, Jill Risley (Stan) of Mountain Home, and Paula Cain (Brad) of Lead Hill. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.


A visitation will be Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10am with the funeral service following at 11am at the New Hope Assembly of God in Rogers. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rogers.


Nita Davidson Cox

September 27, 1944 until August 16, 2020


Nita Davidson Cox, 75, of Bentonville went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Fayetteville. She was born on September 27, 1944 in Colt, Arkansas the daughter of Ethel and Charlie Davidson.

Nita was a graduate of Forrest City High School before moving to Fayetteville. She worked in the Washington County Circuit Clerk’s office and the Tax Collector’s office. Before retiring she worked with passion as a realtor with Coldwell-Banker. Nita was a long-time member of University Baptist Church, and there was hardly a page in her Bible that didn’t have personal notes on it. She lived a wonderful life and loved people. She also loved gardening and loving on her grandkids. After retiring to Bentonville, Nita traveled the country, visiting almost every state.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Roger and Kenneth Davidson.

Nita is survived by three sons, John Cox, Lance Cox and Wesley Cox; ten grandchildren, Hayes, Asa, Caroline, Katherine Allyn, Whit, Campbell, Marin, Crawford, John Berdon and Elizabeth; and many loving friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Mile Ministries at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville.


Arlis Dale Robinson

February 10, 1954 until August 14, 2020


Arlis Dale Robinson, age 66, of Harrison, passed away Friday, Aug. 14 (2020) at the Veteran’s Health Care System of the Ozarks.

 

He was born Feb. 10, 1954, in Harrison, to Helen and Troy Robinson.

 

He was a United States Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was a hard worker and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing with his granddaughter.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Etta Jane Robinson.

 

Survivors include two children, Bridgette Robinson, of Harrison, and Jennifer Duvall of Dover; a brother, Carl Robinson, of Ozone; two sisters, Robin Kueter, of Romance, and Barbara Kibbe, of Harrison; and one granddaughter, Abigail Duvall.

 

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be announced at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6, P.O. Box 632, Harrison, AR 72602.

Marilyn Ann Langbehn Mansch

June 25, 1933 until August 13, 2020


Marilyn Ann Langbehn Mansch, 87, of Rogers, died Thursday, August 13, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her daughter’s. She was born on June 25, 1933 in Wolsey, South Dakota the daughter of Lillian and Edward Langbehn.

Marilyn was a 29 year resident of Northwest Arkansas and enjoyed spending time with her family, baking, and collecting recipes, working crosswords, reading, caring for others and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Vern; sister Verda; and brothers, Norman and Jim.

Marilyn is survived by sons, Murray Mansch and his wife Emily of Springdale, John Mansch and his wife Patty of Colorado; daughters, Jan Wildenborg and her husband John of Rogers, Mary Lee Herbert and her husband Scott of Rogers; brother, Jerry Langbehn of Wyoming; sister, Carma Lee McGrath of South Dakota, two sister-in-laws; Helen Langbehn, of Wolsey, South Dakota, Phyllis Mansch, of Slayton, Minnesota; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and relatives.

A celebration of her life will be Wednesday at 10:30am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located in Rogers.


Graveside service will be:  Friday at 10:30am at Memorial Gardens located in Slayton, Minnesota.


Memorials in Marilyn’s name can be sent to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 West Hudson Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72757, or Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

Juanita J. Crow

August 20, 1934 until August 10, 2020


Juanita J. Crow surrounded by her loving family was called home by her Lord and Savior August 10, 2020; even though not all family were able to be present they were there in spirit. She was born August 20, 1934 in Oklahoma City to Lora and Felix Heavner.

 She was a loving mother to one son Nick and four daughters Debi, Lea, Diana and Jan. She was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Juanita was blessed with many friends and family.

Gerri Creel

March 29, 1951 until August 9, 2020


Geraldine Mahr Creel, age 69, Bentonville, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at her home.

 

Gerri was born March 29, 1951 in New York, NY, daughter of John Joseph Mahr and Emily Moore. Gerri moved to Louisiana as a child and she graduated Louisiana Tech University with a degree in education. She taught at a private school in Shreveport, Louisiana before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas where she was also a teacher. After having children, Gerri focused solely on being a mother and a homemaker.

 

Gerri was a dedicated wife and mother. She loved her family fiercely. She treasured her daughters and loved every moment with them.  She was a very loving wife and she cherished her husband R.H.  She especially loved her role as Mimi and she was so proud of her family.  Gerri also enjoyed shopping, looking for antiques and taking long drives. Another great joy for her was reading her Bible, going to church and her relationship with Christ.  She was always on fire for the Lord.

 

She was preceded in death by: Her parents

 

Gerri is survived by: her husband of 49 years, Riley H. Creel, whom she married May 29, 1971, two daughters; Gwendolyn Creel and her wife, Michele Downey of Kansas City, Missouri, Melanie Huson and her husband Matt Huson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, one sister; Sue Mitchel and her husband Ray of Leland, North Carolina, two grandchildren; James Riley Huson of Fayetteville and Griffin Her of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Services will be announced by the family at a later date.

Alberta Johnson

April 16, 1922 until August 8, 2020


Alberta Johnson, passed away at home in Gravette, Arkansas on August 8, 2020 at the good old age of 98 years.  She was born April 16, 1922 in Toledo, Ohio to Bert and Alma Mulinix.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry, Daughter Linda, Granddaughter Dixie, and Great-grandson Brett.  She is also the last of six sisters and one brother. 

 

Survivors include:  her daughter; Chris Keesee and her husband Charles, of Gravette, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Alberta was a member of the Sulphur Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church and served as Treasurer for about 30 years.

 

No services are planned at this time. 

Kathleen Lucille Dickerson

December 27, 1928 until August 1, 2020


Kathleen Lucille Dickerson, age 91, of Rogers died Saturday, August 1, 2020 at her residence.  She was born December 27, 1928 in Erie, Kansas the daughter of Trixie Powell and George Hager.

 

She was an only child, working for the phone company for many years, she put herself through Pittsburg State University.  She met her husband Aaron while attending college.   

 

She was involved with many organizations; Rogers Noon Lions Club, Quester’s Club, Business and Professional Women, Kappa Sorority, She served as a board member of the Rogers Historical Museum.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church located in downtown Rogers. 

 

She was a career English teacher, serving for 40 years Rogers Public School District.  She retired from Elmwood Middle School.  She substituted for many years with the Rogers School District after retirement.  Through her many years of teaching, she influenced many generations in Rogers.  She also inspired many students to serve as teachers themselves. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her husband, Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Col. Aaron Dickerson in 1989, one son; Mark Dickerson in April 2020, her granddaughter; Julie Petree, and her parents.

 

Kathleen is survived by:  three grandchildren; Chris Dickerson and his wife Jennifer, of Bentonville, Sarah Wooten, and her husband Travis, of Rogers, Tony Petree and his wife Rachel, of Rogers, and nine great-grandchildren.

 

A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be announced at a later date by the family.

 

Memorials may be sent to:  The Rogers Historical Museum.

Dr. Jerry Lee Rice
May 25, 1931 until July 29, 2020

Dr. Jerry Lee Rice, 89, of Rogers, Arkansas died on 29 July, 2020.  He was born on 25 May, 1931 in Salem, Ohio, the son of Fred and Avon Rice.


He attended the then-named College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas where he met his first wife, the late Myra Woody Rice of Greenwood, Arkansas.

After college Dr. Rice attended the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, where he subsequently earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in divinity.   He was a pastor at several Indiana churches before joining the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain in 1960.  He served as a Presbyterian chaplain at eleven locations including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Okinawa, Japan.   He also served a remote tour in northern Alaska.  He retired from the Air Force in 1984 having achieved the rank of colonel.   His military decorations include several Meritorious Service Medals and the Legion of Merit.

His first position after his military career was Dean of the Chapel at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville.   He was later a pastor at churches in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Plano, Texas; Enid, Oklahoma and Rogers, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Myra and his twin older siblings, Donald Rice and Donna Ehrhart.

He is survived by his loving wife Miriam, whom he met in Rogers in 2015;  son Kevin Rice and his wife Diana of Monte Vista, Colorado; daughter Kimberly Peel and her husband David of Ft Collins, Colorado; son Kerry Rice and his husband Jaap Dekker of Wiesbaden, Germany; and daughter Karyl Sorge and her husband Keith of Menomonie, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren: Holly Rice, Kathryn Lawrence, Lauren Goedereis, Carter Peel, Ryan Sorge, Brett Sorge, Drew Sorge, and Kari Sorge;  thirteen great-grandchildren; niece Stevie Jo Thomas and nephew John Ehrhart, Jr. 

Dr Rice was proud of his military service and was known throughout his military and civilian careers for his compassion, his sense of humor and his great preaching skills.

Rebecca Van Gaale
December 6, 1946 until July 24, 2020

Rebecca Van Gaale, 73, of Fayetteville died Friday, July 24, 2020 at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. She was born on December 6, 1946 in Compton, California the daughter of Shirley and Alfred Mitchell.

Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by five children; Michael Harris, John Harris, Lisa Harris, Corrie Van Gaale, Hank Van Gaale, two siblings; Randall Mitchell, Patricia Loftran, six grandchildren and many loving friends.

Claudia June Quisenberry

June 30, 1931 until July 19, 2020


Claudia June Quisenberry, 89, of Aurora, Colorado passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Concordia Retirement Center in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She was born June 30, 1931 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Claudia was an elementary special education teacher for many years in Colorado schools. She was a pastor’s wife of 68+ years and enjoyed the love of her family and friends. She lost her battle with the after effects of a stroke from two years ago. She was a wonderful influence and example to so many and she will be truly missed.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Survivors include her husband, Ralph Quisenberry of Bella Vista; her children: Susan Roberts and husband, Varnell, of Bella Vista, and Stephen Quisenberry and his wife, Laura, of Franklin, TN; four grandchildren: Justin Roberts, Rachel Vonhof, Caitlin Quisenberry, and Cole Quisenberry; four great-grandchildren: Gage Roberts, Harlow Roberts, Luke Vonhof, and Logan Vonhof; and many other loving family members.

Helen Glemboski Long

July 7, 1926 until July 19 2020


Helen Glemboski Long, 94, of Rogers, Ark., passed peacefully away July 19, 2020, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. She was born July 7, 1926, in Colchester, Conn., to Joseph Glemboski and Katherine Pasternak Glemboski.

 

While she was born and raised in Connecticut, she lived most of her life in the South and adapted to Southern climate, culture, and foods, but she never lost her Northern accent or love for her family, hometown and New England culture.

 

She is survived by six children, Steven Long (Lea) of Rogers, Mary Holmes (Ted) of

Yuba City, Calif., Rose Woods (Gene) of Rogers, Jim Long of Claremore, Okla., George Long (Barbara) of Rogers, Alice Heikens (Norm) of Franklin, Ind.; one brother, Thomas Glemboski of Colchester, Conn.; 11 grandchildren (Larenzo Woods, Tim Holmes, John Holmes, Jonathan Woods, Stephanie Long, David Long, Jessica Long, Ethan Heikens, Matthew Long, James Long, and John Long); and 11 great grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her beloved Glemboski family, Long/Oliver family (known to them as Pee Wee), and friends who are like family. She was predeceased by brothers Frank Glemboski, Leo Glemboski, and Ed Glemboski.

 

There will not be a visitation or public funeral service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her remains will be buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Colchester, Conn., when it is safe for the family to travel and gather.

 

Memorials may be made in memory of Helen Glemboski Long to the Bacon Academy

Board of Trustees, P.O. Box 67, Colchester, CT 06415, or to a charity of choice.

Arthur Hays Buenning

July 16, 2020 until November 23, 1942


Arthur Hays Buenning, 77, passed away on Thursday, July 16th at his home in Decatur, Arkansas.  He was born on November 23rd, 1942 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Norman and Jessamine Buenning.

 

Hays was drafted into the Army in 1966, serving in Vietnam.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, family, and was faithful to his church.  He and Diane enjoyed several trips across the U.S. during retirement.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his aunt and uncle; Bonnie and Vernon Buenning.

 

Hays is survived by his wife; Diane, his sons; Robert of Decatur, AR., and Travis and his wife Carlotta of Decatur, AR., his brother; Richard Johnson and wife Sherry of Nevada, Iowa, his sister; Vivian Jones and husband Russell of Rogers, AR., his grandchildren; Katelyn Bohl, Jerrimia Buenning, Majorieann Bohl, Skyler Settle, and Elizabeth Buenning, one great-grandchild; Ezra Buenning, and many other beloved family and friends.

 

A celebration of life graveside service is scheduled Saturday July 25th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Decatur Cemetery.

Frances Clifton

December 2, 1927 until July 13, 2020


Lola Frances Clifton, age 92, of Little Rock, formerly of Rogers, died Monday, July 13, 2020 in Little Rock.  She was born December 2, 1927 in Wichita, Kansas the daughter of Hazel Frances Snodgrass and Joseph Preston Butts.

 

If you looked up the word homemaker in the dictionary you would find a photo of Frances.  She was never still during the day.  She could always find one more thing that needed to be done.

 

After retirement Charles and Frances rarely did anything without one another.  Often they would go to the grocery store with a cooler so they could have lunch while they were out!

 

She loved church activities at Christ United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas and First United Methodist Church of Rogers, Arkansas.  Many people have received the sweet cards and notes that she would write to wish you well or thank you for an evening in your home.

 

Birds and flowers were some of her favorite things.  In her last years she enjoyed watching birds at the feeder out her window and fresh flowers delivered to her. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Charles Clifton, whom she married November 28, 1948.  The couple lived in Northwest Arkansas for 31 years, after moving from Houston, Texas. 

 

Frances is survived by:  one son; Charles Clifton and his wife Kathy, of Pearland, Texas, one daughter; Yvonne Bish and her husband Jeff, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and three grandchildren; Taylor, Austin, and Blair Bish. 

 

A celebration of Frances’s life will be Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery located in Houston, Texas with Don Meader officiating. 

 

The family would like to thank the staff at Andover Independent Living, her caregivers, Mary Healy, Cihen Tau, and Katrina Johnson and the staff of Hospice Homecare especially Nurse Bliss Beemon. 

 

Donations may be made in Lola’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

 

Sandra Lee Mathieu

October 10, 1937 until July 7, 2020


Sandra Lee Mathieu passed away on July 7th, 2020 after a five year battle with breast cancer. She was the only daughter of William D. Dombrow and Esther Lillian (Clemenson) Dowbrow and was born on October 10, 1937 in Chicago Illinois. She was raised in Oak Park, Illinois along with her brother, William (Billy).


In 1958, she met and married Jack Mathieu. Jack was drafted in 1958 into the Army as an airline mechanic and they relocated to Ft. Bliss in Texas for two years. Sandra was always very proud to also serve her country by being an Army wife.


She was a very talented singer, ballet dancer and tap dancer and continued to share her wonderful voice with the various churches she attended. Sandra’s professional career included managing a country club restaurant and working in legal departments for various real estate developers in Arizona and Arkansas. She was a strong and independent person, instilling those traits in her two daughters.


 In 1978 she met the love of her life, Tony Dobson.  Over the next 16 years, they spent time in Louisiana and Arkansas constructing or rebuilding homes in each city where they lived, ultimately residing in Bella Vista Arkansas. After Tony’s passing in 1994, Sandra continued to work in Bentonville and serve her church in Bella Vista.     


Sandra also had a gift for helping those in need and spent the last several years of her life comforting the bereaved at Epting Funeral Home of Northwest Arkansas.    


Sandra is survived by her daughters Debbie Francois and Vicki Gee and her granddaughter Toni Gee. Due to Covid 19, there are no planned services at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, Bella Vista Ar.

Vernon George Schaefer

March 27, 1933 until July 16, 2020


Vernon George Schaefer, age 87, of Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers, Arkansas.  He was born March 27, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Esther and Charles Schaefer.

 

He served in the Army.  He enjoyed gardening and traveling.  He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 35 years after moving from St. Louis, Missouri. 

 

He was preceded in death by:  his parents.

 

Vernon is survived by:  three daughters; Cindy Schaefer, of Rogers, Robin Stevens, and her husband Allen, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Laura Jones and her husband Shawn, of Bentonville, two brothers; Rick Schaefer and his wife Dana, of Bucoda, Washington, Robert Schaefer and his wife Joan, of St. Louis, Missouri, one sister; Lorraine Grossnickle, of Baltimore, Maryland, and three grandchildren. 

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Memorials may be sent to:  Meals on Wheels of Benton County. 

Hazel Mae Olson

April 6, 1925 until June 15, 2020


Hazel Mae Olson, 95 years old, of Bella Vista, died June 15, 2020 at Village On The Park in Bentonville, Arkansas. 

 

Hazel was the 5th of 6 children born to Martin and Paulina Wolff in Plymouth, WI.  She graduated from Oshkosh College and became an elementary school teacher.  Later, she worked as an executive assistant in an engineering firm in Madison, WI.  Hazel met her beloved husband, Lowell "Ole", at a Green Bay Packer game.  Together, they shared their passion for football, golf, skiing, and motorcycle trips for 58 years until Ole's death in 2019.  Hazel and Ole loved to prepare holiday dinners for family and friends. 

 

Hazel is survived by her sisters in law, Janet Olson Suhr of Gainesville, FL and Carol Olson of Spring Green, WI, niece, Kristi Rothstein of St. Augustine, FL, cousin, David Johnson of Chicago, and many nieces and nephews in WI.

 

The family extends gratitude to her neighbors,  friends, and especially to her caregiver, Rebecca Cooper, who remained by her side.

 

Memorials in Hazel's honor can be made to Bella Vista Animal Shelter in Arkansas.

Jill Annette Bright

December 7, 1966 until July 11, 2020


Jill Annette Bright, 53, of Rogers, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 11, 2020. Jill was born December 7, 1966, in Joplin, Missouri. She is the beloved daughter of Robert and Judy Arnold. She moved with her family to Rogers in 1978.

Jill attended school in Rogers and graduated from Rogers High School in 1985. She married her husband, Richard Bright, on August 29, 1987.  They welcomed their daughter Lauren in 1989, and she has always been the light of their lives.

Jill was a strong Christian woman who showed Jesus’ love to anyone she met.  Jill loved people and people loved her. She lit up a room with her personality and she never met a stranger. She loved spending time with her family, loved to travel, loved reading, taking her morning walks, and enjoying coffee with her friends.

Jill spent 33 years in a successful banking career. She began at First National Bank in Rogers in 1988, working there for 17 years and then went on to work at Parkway Bank and Grand Savings Bank. She was most recently employed as Business Development Officer/Grand Business Suite Officer at Grand Savings Bank in Rogers. She was a graduate of Leadership Benton County, active in the community as a Board Member of Restoration Village, on the Board of Directors in the Rogers Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. She was also an active member of the Rogers/Lowell Chamber of Commerce serving as a Chamber Ambassador, being named Ambassador of the Year in 2014.

Jill is survived by her loving husband, Richard, of the home and her daughter, Lauren Bright, of Rogers; her parents, Robert and Judy Arnold, of Rogers; her brother, Jeff Arnold and wife Ronnie of Bentonville; her twin sisters, Courtney Hurd and husband Will of Bella Vista, Lindsay Hudson and husband Charles of Rogers; her mother-in-law, Nancy Morgan of Rogers. Also surviving their “Auntie Jill” are many nieces and nephews whom she adored, as well as numerous extended family and countless friends and co-workers. 

Jill’s Celebration of Life will be held at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, 2448 S Pinnacle Hills Parkway, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 2:00 pm. Jill loved and supported so many causes and charities, so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity or non-profit of your choice in Jill’s name.

Patricia Ann Morningstar

May 25, 1953 until July 6, 2020


Patricia Ann Morningstar, 67, of Fayetteville passed away July 6, 2020 at Fayetteville Health and Rehab. She was born May 25, 1953 in Cassville, MO.


Patricia was preceded in death by her parents: Jim and Bernice (Martin) Converse; and her daughter, Avesta Moore.


Survivors include her ten children: Carl, John, Rebecca, Cindy, Sandra, Jerry Jr, Theresa, Little John, Savanna, and Kelly; and many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Patricia had lived most of her life in Northwest Arkansas, and enjoyed music, singing, and sitting outside in her recliner.


A memorial service will be Saturday, July 11 at 11am at Word of Life Fellowship in Bentonville.

Dwight Frame

January 27, 1937 until July 5, 2020


Dwight Frame was born in Fresno, CA in 1937. He met his beloved wife, Joyce, in Albuquerque and in the winter of 1975 moved her and their 3 kids to Rogers, AR where he would live out the rest of his days.

 

He was a stranger to no one in part due to his 30 plus year career in Snap On tools. He was a most hardworking man, true friend, as well as a greatly devoted husband, father, and grandfather. The best word to describe him would be service as he gave anything for everyone in his life.

 

He is preceded in death by his cherished wife, Joyce, son Gary, and granddaughter Lindsey Frame.

 

He is survived by his son Randy and daughter Cathy. Twin sister Joan and brother in law Mike Jeffcoat. Grandchildren Zach, Josh, Lisha, and Tia along with 6 great grandchildren. This great dedicated man will be truly missed.

Frankie Michele Merryman

December 28, 1969 until July 3, 2020


Frankie Michele Merryman, 50, of Fort Smith passed away July 3, 2020.


She is preceded in death by her mother, Norma Miros; her father, Frank Merryman; her sister, Tina King; and her nephew, Shane Morton.


She is survived by her three children: Cody Merryman of Fort Smith, Kaley and husband Tyler Walker of Fort Smith, and Haley Merryman of Mobile, AL; three sisters: Treana Baker of Cave Springs, Christy Douglas of Van Buren, and twin sister Rainey Cox of Mulberry; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Amy Elizabeth Tatom

August 14, 1967 until July 2, 2020


Amy Elizabeth Tatom, age 52, of Rogers, Arkansas died July 2, 2020, after a long battle with Life. Amy was born to Barbara and Kent Tatom, in Clinton Sherman Air Force Base, Oklahoma, on August 14, 1967.

 

As the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Amy had the exceptional opportunity to travel internationally, as well as reside in multiple states and countries. Amy taught herself to read music as a child and was a talented pianist and singer. She was a voracious reader and inspirational writer. Amy completed extensive academic studies in the fields of psychology and sociology, and worked in related areas until no longer able. She remained a lifetime learner, with a quick wit.

 

Amy is preceded in death by her son, Benjamin.

 

She is survived by her devoted partner, Glen Childress of Arkansas.

 

Amy was most proud of her three daughters, Jenni Beeman of Arkansas, Hannah Tatom of Georgia, and Rebekah Maggi of Florida. She has one grandson, Silas. Amy is survived by her mother, Barbara Beeman of Arkansas and her father, Col. Kent Tatom of Florida.

 

Amy admired her older brother, Blake Tatom of California, and loved his wife Diane and their children Trent, Ella, and Zane.

 

She was a lover of Jesus, southern food, a good book, Coca-Cola, and music.

 

She had a heart for people, especially the hurting. Her family finds peace knowing she is at peace, dancing with the Lord.

 

A private memorial service will be held in Northwest Arkansas at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests that the reader forgive someone in their life. Go in Grace.

Lowell Dean Titus

October 23, 1926 until June 30, 2020


Lowell Dean Titus, age 93, died Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at Brookstone Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Lowell was born October 23, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Hazel Monta (Wright) Titus and Charles David Titus. After graduating from North High School in Des Moines, he served in the Navy, then earned a Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State and later a Masters in Sanitary Engineering from University of Iowa.


Lowell and Norma Darlene Knouf were married December 17, 1950 and settled in Muscatine Iowa. There, Lowell pursued an engineering career with Stanley Consultants, eventually doing extensive work overseas. He enjoyed discussing his work experiences in 23 countries across 6 continents. After retirement, Lowell and Norma enjoyed life together at The Village Retirement Community in Indianola, Iowa until Norma’s death in 2016. In 2018 Lowell moved to Brookstone in Fayetteville to take advantage of additional support services.


Lowell loved to sing, dance, and play bridge and table tennis. He also enjoyed a pithy comment. A few of his favorites were: “a little dirt never hurt anyone”; “you’ll never learn any younger”; and “imagination comes easy, engineering is real work”

His was a life well lived. He will be greatly missed by many beloved friends and family.


Lowell was proceeded in death by Norma, his wife of 66 years, and his brothers Charles Titus and Clyde Titus. He is survived by his children: Brad Titus, Janet Titus, Barbara Titus and Carol Hughes, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

A family graveside service will be held in Des Moines at a future date.


Memorials may be made to the Elevator Fund at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, 901 W Cleveland 72701


Diana Guerin

December 13, 1953 until June 26, 2020


Diana Guerin, age 66, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Friday, June 26, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  She was born December 13, 1953 in Mount Vernon, New York.


She is survived by many loving friends and family.


Inurnment will be at Holy Rood Cemetery located in New York at a later date. 


Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville.  Condolences:  www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com



David B. Caldwell

January 2, 1947 until June 25, 2020


David B. Caldwell, 73, of Bella Vista died June 25th at Mercy Medical Center. 

 

He served in the US Navy. 

 

Survivors:  wife; Judith Caldwell, two sons; John and David Jr., and two granddaughters.

 

Graveside:  Saturday at 10am at Bella Vista Cemetery.

Ann Louise Paul
November 24, 1946 until June 23, 2020

Ann Louise Paul, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas. She was born November 24, 1946 in Troy, New York, to Joseph and Catherine Flynn.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy Paul, her sister Joan Millard and husband Roger, her brother John Flynn, and her brother-in-law William Herald, husband of Catherine.

She is survived by two children from an earlier marriage, Dale Zachery and Georgeann Zachery, her brother, Reverend Joseph Flynn and wife Donna, two sisters, Catherine Herald and Maggie Smith and husband Len. She had many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.


Ann was a military veteran, a member of Believers Baptist Church in Rogers, AR, and was a friend of Bill W. Her strong faith influenced many people who loved and respected her.

Funeral Service will be conducted at Believers Baptist Church, 924 South C Street in Rogers on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 9:00 am. Interment will be at Fayetteville National Cemetery with limited attendance.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Believers Baptist Church in Rogers, AR, Restoration Village in Little Flock, AR, or AA (www.aa.org).