Obit­u­ar­ies

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ELKINS — Teah Marie

Bowlin-Smith, 26, of Elkins passed away Sun­day, July 23, 2017, at Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. She was born Sept. 13, 1990, in Spring­dale, Ark., to Tony and Tina Bowlin.

She is pre­ceded in death by her grand­fa­thers, Har­rell ” Doc” Bowlin and Ken­neth Hawkins.

Sur­vivors in­clude her par­ents of Elkins; two sons, Gar­rett Smith of Greenland and Danny Cole of Elm Springs; daugh­ter, Leah Cole of Elm Springs; sis­ter, Katie Bo­dine of Spearsville, La.; brother, Tony Bowlin Jr.; grand­moth­ers, Lenora Bowlin and Genet Hawkins both of Elkins and sev­eral other fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends Mon­day, July 31, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bald­win Church of Christ. Fu­neral ser­vice will be 10 a.m. Tues­day at the church with Wally Van­der­lip and Jasper Hank­ins of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Fu­neral ser­vices are un­der the di­rec­tion of Madi­son County Fu­neral Ser­vice of Elkins. Please visit www. madis­on­coun­ty­fu­neral ser­vice.com to leave the fam­ily an on­line con­do­lence.

ELKINS — Doskie Lee

Stacks Wil­li­ford Gumm, 61, of Elkins, died Thurs­day, July 27, 2017, af­ter a long bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease and nu­mer­ous strokes. She is pain-free.

She was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Fayet­teville to Billy and Jessie Smith Stacks.

Doskie was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Ray Dean (Bud) Wil­li­ford; her sis­ter, Phyllis Gar­riott; her fa­ther, Billy Stacks; her step­dad, Bill Gar­riott; and her mother, Jessie Smith Gar­riott.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Gary Gumm of the home; her daugh­ter, Dena Wil­li­ford Min­nick (Jesse) of Elkins; stepchil­dren, Dody Gumm and Scott Gumm of Kansas City; her sis­ter, Bar­bara Stout (Terry) of Elkins; her half-brother, Cur­tis Stacks (Shara) of Farm­ing­ton; her grand­chil­dren, Daven Ste­wart, Jes­sica Ste­wart, Kristina Min­nick, Shane Min­nick, Katie Min­nick, Orion Gumm and Jade Gumm.

Doskie grad­u­ated from Elkins High School and North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege. She worked for the Elkins Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Cen­ter and the NWA Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tion Cen­ter for Women.

Doskie loved her fam­ily, her friends and will al­ways be re­mem­bered for her great sense of hu­mor and love of laugh­ter. She was an ex­cep­tion­ally good cook, es­pe­cially pre­par­ing Tex-Mex food us­ing tech­niques and recipes stored in her head from work­ing at the orig­i­nal Taco Hut in Fayet­teville when she was a young girl.

She had a big heart, she helped many el­derly peo­ple, dis­abled peo­ple and sin­gle moth­ers to find help for their needs. Doskie was gen­er­ous and would give her last dime to help some­one. She loved God and be­lieved His holy word. She was not a judg­men­tal per­son and be­lieved ev­ery­one had good in them and de­served a sec­ond chance.

A memo­rial cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held at 2 p.m., Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2, 2017, at Beard’s Chapel.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice, 901 Jones Road, Spring­dale, Ark. 72762.

Con­do­lences at www. beards­fu­ner­alchapel.com.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Kather­ine El­iz­a­beth

Nel­son, age 90, of Fayet­teville passed away Fri­day July 28, 2017, in Fayet­teville. She was born March 6, 1927, in Wi­nooski, Vt., the daugh­ter

of Dom­inc and Florence Marie Goodrow Mauro. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; her hus­band Wil­liam G. Nel­son; two brothers Dom­inc Mauro and Joseph Mauro; two sis­ters Grace Church and Mary Dudo­nis and one grand­son James Paul Nel­son Jr.

She was of the Catholic faith and worked as a Reg­is­tered Nurse.

She is sur­vived by her two sons, Gary Wayne Nel­son and James Paul Nel­son both of Fayet­teville; a brother Richard Mauro of Kla­math Falls, Ore.; three grand­chil­dren; 11 great-grand­chil­dren and five great-great-grand­chil­dren.

Visi­ta­tion will be held 5-7 p.m., Mon­day July 31 at Moore’s Chapel. Grave­side ser­vice will be held 2 p.m., Tues­day Aug. 1, at the Fayet­teville Na­tional Ceme­tery un­der the di­rec­tion of Moore’s Chapel. To sign the on­line guest book visit www.moores fu­ner­alchapel.com.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Cynthia Lor­raine

(Costanzo) Turner, 54, died Sun­day, June 18, 2017, at Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. She was born May 20, 1963, the daugh­ter of Lewis Frank Costanzo and Eve­lyn Lor­raine (Shep­hard) Costanzo, later Far­ley.

She at­tended pub­lic schools in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and North­ern Vir­ginia. She re­lo­cated to Arkansas in 1978 with her mother to join fam­ily.

Cynthia liked restau­rants. She loved kitchens and bars, so she learned to man­age and trou­bleshoot those, and did that through­out her ca­reer.

She mar­ried Ricky Gene Turner, and they had a son, Mar­shall Colin Turner, in 1987. Cynthia earned a stand­ing ova­tion when, big and preg­nant and wear­ing an orange flow­ered dress, she walked across the stage to take her GED diploma. She and Ricky raised the boy, a few dogs, and they had a pretty good time for about 10 years. They sep­a­rated and then Ricky died dur­ing surgery in 1996. CT, as she was then known, cared for her ail­ing mother af­ter that, and started col­lege. She got close, she re­ally did, to earn­ing her bach­e­lor in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion, when her own health started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

This was in the days when you could be de­nied health in­sur­ance for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. There had been a lit­tle money, but it didn’t last long pay­ing for spe­cial­ists and surgery. The first back surgery led to a sec­ond, then a third, and then… It took a while for Med­i­caid to come through, and her health de­te­ri­o­rated even more. She ended up in a wheelchair in the home her mother had bought al­most 40 years be­fore. Then she en­tered a nurs­ing home, where she suf­fered an in­tracra­nial hem­or­rhage caused by car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. She died a few hours later in the hos­pi­tal.

She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, her mother and her fa­ther.

She is sur­vived by her son; by a sis­ter, Kim Irene Martin, Prairie Grove; and an aunt, Re­becca Kath­leen Shep­hard, Gar­rett Park, Md.

Memo­ri­als can be made to the Fayet­teville An­i­mal Shel­ter.

Cynthia’s friends and rel­a­tives will hold a memo­rial wake in her honor at her sis­ter’s home Aug. 5. RSVP by text (479) 530-8032.

GARFIELD — Mark

Al­lan Pitts, 57, of Garfield died Wed­nes­day, July 26, at Mercy Hos­pi­tal in Rogers. He was born April 22, 1960, in Wi­chita, Kan., to Ross Eu­gene Pitts Sr. and Vi­vian Lor­raine Tay­lor Pitts.

He en­joyed flower gar­den­ing, cook­ing, bak­ing, was very artis­tic with a pho­to­graphic

eye, pho­tog­ra­phy, hik­ing, trav­el­ing to New Mex­ico to visit fam­ily and loved his fam­ily and friends. He was a mem­ber of St. James Epis­co­pal Church in Eureka Springs where he also was a choir mem­ber.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and a sis­ter, Kay Pitts.

Sur­vivors are one brother, Ross E. Pitts Jr. (Mar­ion) of Gen­try; one sis­ter, Pam Light (Michael) of Auburn Hills, Mich; and his life com­pan­ion, John Wi­ley of Eureka Springs.

A memo­rial ser­vice is set for 11 a.m. Tues­day, Aug. 1, at St. James Epis­co­pal Church, 28 Prospect, Eureka Springs, Ark., with Fa­ther Richard Clark of­fi­ci­at­ing. A pri­vate burial will be held at a later date.

Ar­range­ments are by Sisco Fu­neral Home of Pea Ridge.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in Mark’s mem­ory may be made to Good Shep­herd An­i­mal So­ci­ety, 6486 Hwy 62 West, Eureka Springs, Ark. 72632. On­line con­do­lences may be made at sis­co­fu­neral home.net.

LOW­ELL — Robert John Wright, Jr., age 60, of Low­ell, Ark., passed away July 27, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Pawnee, Okla., on Oct. 8, 1956, a son of Robert and Myrtle Wright. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He worked many years as a USDA In­spec­tor and many years at Wal-Mart Lo­gis­tics in Ben­tonville, Ark. He en­joyed long walks with his dog Bar­ney and spend­ing time with his fam­ily and friends.

Robert is sur­vived by his mother, Myrtle Wright of Spring­dale, Ark.; one brother, Bret Wright and wife Pam of Low­ell, Ark.; one sis­ter, Deb­bie Groff and hus­band Paul of Spring­dale, Ark.; nieces, Cindy Bosecker, Brandy Todd, Amanda Mitchell and Alysha Rickey; neph­ews, John Wright, Wil­liam Wright, Daniel Schancer, Bob­bie Schancer, Dough How­er­ton, Eric How­er­ton, Larry Rhodes and Scott Rhodes; and his aunt Shirley Mor­ris.

He was pre­ceded in death by his wife, Penny Wright; his fa­ther, Robert Wright Sr.; and his brother, Earnest Wright.

No ser­vices are planned at this time. Please visit www. back­strom-pyeatte.com to sign the on­line guest book.

ROGERS — Theresa

Brace, 56, of Rogers died July 29 at Legacy Vil­lage. She was born Dec. 5, 1960, at Ben­tonville.

Sur­vivors are her hus­band, Billy Brace; two sons; two daugh­ters; fa­ther, Everett Fine. Grave­side ser­vice is set for 10 a.m. Tues­day, Wal­nut Hill Ceme­tery. No visi­ta­tion. On­line con­do­lences may be made at sis­co­fu­ner­al­home. net.

ROGERS — Thomas

“Tom” Everett Easley, 77, of Rogers, Ark., passed away Thurs­day July 27, 2017, at Mercy Hos­pi­tal. Tom was born in Madis­onville, Ky., at Hop­kins County Hos­pi­tal on Aug. 30, 1939, to Mary Louise and Al Easley.

He grad­u­ated from Bowl­ing Green High School and at­tended West­ern Ken­tucky Univer­sity. He proudly served his coun­try in the Air Force, where he worked as a crew mem­ber of the Look­ing Glass Com­mand Post in the Strate­gic Air Com­mand.

He moved to the pri­vate sec­tor and worked for Rock­well Collins for 23 years where he re­tired. Tom and Fran moved to Rogers to find a lit­tle warmer weather and a chance to play more golf. They even bought a boat and did a lit­tle fish­ing. He quickly got in­volved in the Elks where he served as an of­fi­cer and on the Board of Trustees. He also was ac­tively in­volved at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 100. Tom loved work­ing on the Honor Guard and was elected the Post Com­man­der serv­ing three years.

Tom en­joyed fish­ing, hunt­ing, golf, ten­nis and Ne­braska foot­ball (he did even­tu­ally warm up to the Ra­zor­backs). He was a great fam­ily man and loved to make peo­ple laugh. His friends were very im­por­tant to him and he will be missed by them here and around the coun­try.

Tom is sur­vived by his wife, Fran; his son, Tom Jr. and his wife Jean; son, Beau and son Bran­don of West Des Moines, Iowa; his sis­ter Phyllis, and her hus­band Howard of In­di­anapo­lis, Ind.; nu­mer­ous cousins, nieces and neph­ews.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his beloved cat Romeo.

Grave­side ser­vices 11 a.m. Thurs­day; Aug. 3, 2017, in the Fayet­teville Na­tional Ceme­tery with full mil­i­tary hon­ors by the Rogers Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 100.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Rogers Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 100 Honor Guard.

Ar­range­ments by Benton County Fu­neral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. On­line con­do­lences to www.ben­ton­county funer­al­home.com.

ROGERS — Lynda

Goebel (Set­tles) of Rogers died on July 28, 2017. She was born on March 24, 1944, in Rogers to the late L.S. “Buddy” Goebel and Ber­nice McGar­rah Goebel. Lynda owned the sa­lon La Jolie Tete in Rogers, where she also worked as a hair­dresser from 1974 un­til her re­tire­ment in 2011.

Her sur­vivors in­clude her chil­dren, Tasha Set­tles and Liz Hat­field of Rogers, Kim Set­tles of San Diego, Sean Set­tles and wife Vicki of Ocean­side, Calif., and Steven Fred­er­ick and wife Kelly of Ohio.

Visi­ta­tion will be Tues­day, Aug. 1, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Rollins Fu­neral Home in Rogers. Fu­neral ser­vices will be­gin at 3:30. Burial will fol­low in Benton County Memo­rial Park Ceme­tery.

ROGERS — Ger­rie Jobe,

55, of Rogers passed away July 27, 2017. She was born April 1, 1962, in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, the daugh­ter of Cra­tus and Geraldine DeMoss Ellis.

She is pre­ceded in death by two brothers, Larry Wayne Ellis and Rob­bie Lynn Ellis.

Sur­vived by her son, Har­ley Jobe; her brother, Phillip Lee Ellis; niece, Nikki Williams; neph­ews, Robby and Chris Ellis; and grand­son, Eas­ton Ry­der Jobe.

Memo­rial ser­vices will be Oct. 7, 2017. Ar­range­ments by Benton County Fu­neral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. On­line con­do­lences to www. ben­ton­coun­ty­fu­ner­al­home. com.

ROGERS — Judy Lancett,

79, of Rogers, Ark., passed away July 27, 2017, at Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice. She was born Feb. 13, 1938, in Wi­chita, Kan., the daugh­ter of Harry and Ruby Ever­hart.

Judy en­joyed many ac­tiv­i­ties, sold real es­tate and was in­volved with var­i­ous needs for chil­dren with Down syn­drome. She was a de­voted wife, mother and grand­mother.

She is pre­ceded in death her hus­band Larry Lancett they were mar­ried May 29, 1957, and he passed away Nov. 22, 2008; her par­ents; three sib­lings, Don, Jerry and Dar­lene Ever­hart.

She is sur­vived by three chil­dren, Terri Lancett-Clardy and Mike Lancett, both of Rogers, and Misty Lancett of Spring­dale; five grand­chil­dren, Will Lancett, Tucker Ellis, McKen­zie and McKayla Hain­gaert­ner, Jayci Car­pen­ter; and one sis­ter, Bar­bara McEl­ree of Visalia, Calif.

A pri­vate memo­rial ser­vice will be held. The fam­ily would like to thank Jamestown Nurs­ing Home and Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice for the lov­ing care they pro­vided.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice at Legacy Vil­lage, 1201 NE Legacy Park­way, Ben­tonville, Ark., 72712. Ar­range­ments by Benton County Fu­neral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers.

On­line con­do­lences to www.ben­ton­coun­ty­fu­ner­al­home.com.

YROGERS — Wil­liam “Bill” Mur­ray Pip­pin, 86, of Rogers passed away July 27, 2017, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily at Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice, Ben­tonville, Ark. He was born May 9, 1931 in Hen­ryetta, Okla. He was the son of H.A. and Jewel Blanken­ship Pip­pin.

Bill re­tired af­ter 36 years from Sun Oil Com­pany as an Oil Re­fin­ery Unit Man­ager. He was a mem­ber of South­side Church of Christ in Rogers and served in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant dur­ing the Korean War. He is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and three sib­lings, H.A. Pip­pin Jr., Dor­thy Thomp­son, and Leona Thomp­son.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 56 years, Car­olyn McKin­ney Pip­pin; three chil­dren, Lauri Brown of Tulsa, Rus­sell Pip­pin and James Fisher of Gross Pointe, Mich., and Janet and Ty King of Rogers; seven grand­chil­dren, Rachel and Neil Al­bright, Jenna and Nik Prescott all of Tulsa, Okla., Avery and Ad­di­son Pip­pin of Sand Springs, Okla., Tyler and Jori King of De­catur, Ark., and Braden and Mal­larie King of Rogers; two great-grand­chil­dren, Ryleigh Al­bright of Tulsa, Okla., and (to be born) Mae­bri Jane King of De­catur, Ark.; three sib­lings, Les and Char­lotte Pip­pin of Sand Springs, Okla., Don and Frances Pip­pin of Cleve­land, Okla., and Sylvia Pad­dubny of Low­ell, Ark.

Visi­ta­tion will be 5-7 p.m. Mon­day, July 31, 2017, at Benton County Fu­neral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers, Ark.

Visi­ta­tion will be Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2, 2017, from noon-1 p.m. with ser­vices im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing at Car­bon­dale Church of Christ in Tulsa, Okla. In­ter­ment with mil­i­tary hon­ors will fol­low at Memo­rial Park Ceme­tery, Tulsa, Okla.

On­line con­do­lences to www.ben­ton­coun­ty­fu­ner­al­home.com.

YROGERS — Michael Scott Test, 54, of Rogers, passed away Tues­day, July 25, 2017, at Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice in Spring­dale. He was born June 24, 1963, the son of Scott and Dar­lene Jones Test.

Mike at­tended Spring­dale High School and had been an RV Tech­ni­cian over 35 years work­ing in Wash­ing­ton and Benton County. His last em­ploy­ment was for Scotty’s RV. He en­joyed fish­ing, boat­ing, and spend­ing time with his friends.

Mike is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Brandi Test of Clifty; his mother, Dar­lene Test of Spring­dale; his fa­ther, Scott Test and wife Con­nie of Spring­dale; his grand­daugh­ter, Shaun Test of Clifty, and his grand­son, Tommy Zane Test of Colorado.

He was pre­ceded in death by his son, Brent Test.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be 4 p.m. Tues­day, Aug. 1, at Her­itage Fu­neral Home. Pri­vate burial will be held at a later time. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice, 901 Jones Road, Spring­dale, Ark. 72762.

YWEST FORK — Steven Robert Oliver, 66 of West Fork, Ark., passed away Tues­day, July 25, 2017, in Spring­dale, Ark. He was born April 27, 1951, in Chicago, Ill., to Robert Stephen Oliver and Vir­ginia He­len (Muench) Oliver.

He was an elec­tri­cian. Steve loved be­ing on the river, spend­ing time with his two daugh­ters, work­ing on his ve­hi­cles, fast cars and mo­tor sports.

He is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, An­gela Abi­seid and hus­band Vic­tor of Fayet­teville, Ark., Tonya Light and hus­band Der­rick of Fayet­teville, Ark.; three sis­ters, Gail Mc­Don­nell of Parker, Colo., Mar­cia Oliver of Bella Vista, Ark., Cynthia Mus­tain of An­der­son, Mo.; and two grand­chil­dren, Eli­jah and Sa­muel Abi­seid both of Fayet­teville.

In lieu of flow­ers, his fam­ily is re­quest­ing memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions be made to Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice, 901 Jones Road, Fayet­teville, Ark. 72762.

To sign the on­line guest book please visit www. nel­son­berna.com.

YLOVELAND, Colo. — Ronita Yvette Petty, for­merly of Fayet­teville, Ark., passed away on July 12, 2017, at her home in Love­land, Colo. Born Feb. 25, 1960, to Rev. Peter L. and Bonita Petty in DeQueen, Ark., Ronita was a Master Gar­dener and mother of four.

She was pre­ceded in death by her fa­ther and her youngest son Alexan­der E. West and sur­vived by her mother, two sis­ters Ruth Poyner and Becca Stipe, brother Har­ley Petty, two daugh­ters Shelly and Grace West, son Wil­lard West and two grand­chil­dren Michaela and Emer­syn.

Ronita will be greatly missed by her friends and fam­ily.

The memo­rial ser­vice will be Aug. 5, 11 a.m. at First Bap­tist Church in Prairie Grove.

YPOTTSTOWN, Pa. — Joan T. (Davis) (Van Ess) Yockey, 74, of Pottstown, Pa., passed away on July 1, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of the late Harold A. Yockey, with whom she shared 17 years of mar­riage. Joan was born on May 21, 1943, in Pater­son, N.J. She was a daugh­ter of the late John F. Davis and Mary (Stephen­son) Davis.

She is sur­vived by one daugh­ter, Lisa Van Ess, Pottstown, Pa.; one son, Jef­frey Van Ess and his wife, Kelli, Everett, Wash.; three grand­sons, Dal­las A. Van Ess, Davis A. Van Ess, and Dal­ton A. Van Ess; and one sis­ter, Mary Ann Ed­sall and her hus­band, Robert , Fred­er­ick, Pa. Joan is also sur­vived by many other rel­a­tives and friends.

There will be a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life Ser­vice on Thurs­day, Aug. 3, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Fel­low­ship Bi­ble Church, 2000 W. Emma Ave., Spring­dale, Ark. 72762.

YFRISCO, Texas — Jean (El­dred) Mitchell passed away peace­fully to her eter­nal re­ward on July 17, 2017 in Frisco, Texas. She was born Nov. 13, 1937 in Sul­phur Springs, Ark., to Ben and Martha (McAr­tor) El­dred.

Jean was a stew­ardess with Bran­iff Air­lines for many years.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Keith; son Michael; two brothers-in-law, Ken­neth Mitchell and Rus­sell Korf.

She is sur­vived by two brothers, R.H. “Rocky” (Vir­ginia) El­dred of Bella Vista, Ark., and W.B. “Bill” (Glenda) El­dred of Gravette, Ark.; four sis­ters, Jo (Carol) Crom, Gar­land, Texas; Eve­lyn El­dred of Low­ell, Ark.; Lu­cia Tay­lor of Bran­don, Fla.; An­nette (Tom) Hughes of Alamo, Texas; two sis­ters-in-law Dar­lene Korf and Dorothy Mitchell both of Yuma, Colo., and nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews and friends.

In­ter­ment will be in the GAR ceme­tery, Sul­phur Springs, Ark.

YOAKLEY, Utah — Mar­garet R. LeMaster, 97, for­merly of Rogers, passed peace­fully on Fri­day, July 21, 2017, at her home in Oak­ley, Utah.

Mar­garet was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Kokomo, Ind., to Carl Thomas and Anna Frances (Spann) Beard, and was the el­dest of seven chil­dren. She grad­u­ated from Mor­ton Memo­rial High School in Knight­stown, Ind., in 1938, and at­tended Mar­ion Col­lege, Ball State Teacher’s Col­lege, and Pur­due Univer­sity. While at Knight­stown, Mar­garet met the love of her life, Robert Paul LeMaster, whom she mar­ried May 8, 1942. They were mar­ried 55 years.

Af­ter re­tire­ment, Mar­garet and her hus­band moved from Mun­cie, Ind., to the Rogers area in 1979. She lived in North­west Arkansas for 23 years, be­fore mov­ing to Chat­tanooga Tenn., and fi­nally to Oak­ley, Utah. She at­tended the First Chris­tian Church in Rogers.

She was a preschool teacher for many years, op­er­at­ing her own school from her home, then help­ing start and teach at a Head Start Pro­gram in Mun­cie, Ind. At least three gen­er­a­tions of 3- and 4-yearolds knew “Miss Mar­garet” for her love, com­pas­sion, and ded­i­ca­tion to early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. Even af­ter re­tire­ment, she con­tin­ued to vol­un­teer in schools and day care cen­ters in Rogers and Chat­tanooga, Tenn. She was known for be­ing a hard worker, and for her quick wit and hu­mor. She loved travel, gar­den­ing, bak­ing and sewing.

Mar­garet was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Bob; son, Robert P. LeMaster II; her par­ents; three brothers and two sis­ters.

She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Ju­lia De­leane Thur­man of Rossville, Ga.; sis­ter, Mary War­ren of Sara­sota, Fla.; four grand­chil­dren; eight great-grand­chil­dren; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Sun­day, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. at the chapel at Elk Mead­ows As­sisted Liv­ing in Oak­ley, Utah. She will be in­terred in the Na­tional Ceme­tery in Fayet­teville, Ark., with Bob Sr. on Fri­day, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m.

The fam­ily wishes to thank the many care­givers who worked with Mar­garet in her last years, and sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ates their car­ing and love.

Fu­neral di­rec­tors: Utah Val­ley Mor­tu­ary. Con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www.uv­fu­neral.com.

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