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Kathryn LaRose Dun­can

Kathryn LaRose Dun­can, 72, of Wash­burn, Mo., died Tues­day,

Oct. 2, 2018, in her home fol­low­ing an ill­ness.

She was born Jan.

23, 1946, in

Enid, Okla., to Wayne and Mavis (Chisolm) Pack.

She had lived in Wash­burn, Mo., the past 30 years, mov­ing from Rogers. She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion and was a cer­ti­fied early child­hood ad­min­is­tra­tor. She had also com­pleted NOVA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. She be­gan teach­ing while in high school. She taught 36 years, ended her teach­ing ca­reer at Ozark Moun­tain Chris­tian School in Wash­burn. Prior to that, she taught at Ben­ton County Chris­tian School in Rogers.

She was a mem­ber of Moun­tain Bi­ble Church, Wash­burn, Mo., where she served as church pi­anist and was ac­tive in the AWANA chil­dren’s min­istry. She had a heart for mis­sions and had made a mis­sion’s trip to Bei­jing China through World Mis­sions Al­liance in Bran­son, Mo. She and her hus­band were fos­ter par­ents, open­ing their home to more than 40 chil­dren. She loved to read and study the Bi­ble and au­thored a blog ti­tled Kathy’s Pon­der­ings. She also en­joyed pho­tog­ra­phy.

She mar­ried James Dun­can on March 30, 1968, in Mi­ami, Okla. As a Navy man’s wife, she trav­eled all over the United States.

She was pre­ceded in death by one son, Tim­o­thy David Dun­can; and her par­ents.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band, James of the home; a son, Ralph Ed­ward Dun­can, Wash­burn, Mo.; one daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Colleen Dun­can, Ok­la­homa City, Okla.; four broth­ers, Kinny Pack, Azle, Texas, Kent Barnes and Tony Barnes, both of Ok­la­homa, and Randy Barnes, Sand Springs, Okla.; and her birth fa­ther, Ken­neth Barnes, Sand Springs, Okla.

Vis­i­ta­tion was from 11 a.m. un­til 2 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 6, 2018, in Moun­tain Bi­ble Church, Wash­burn, Mo.

Funeral ser­vices were at 2 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 6, 2018, in Moun­tain Bi­ble Church, Wash­burn, Mo., with pas­tor Paul Dun­can of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Grave­side ser­vices were at 5:30 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 6, 2018, in Messer Ceme­tery, Galena, Kan.

Ar­range­ments were un­der the di­rec­tion of Der­felt Funeral Home, Galena, Kan.

Mary Fab­bri Martinkewiz

Mary Fab­bri Martinkewiz, 81, died Oct. 1, 2018. She was born Oct. 28, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to An­gelo and Angela Fab­bri, who were im­mi­grants from Italy.

Her mother ar­rived in the U.S. just 10 months be­fore Mary showed up. With this back­ground, Mary was a bit puz­zled by the coun­try’s cur­rent im­mi­gra­tion squab­bles. Be­ing the only Ital­ian girl in a Pol­ish neigh­bor­hood and start­ing school with­out English seemed nor­mal con­di­tions.

Her Chicago child­hood in­cluded ex­ten­sive bal­let train­ing and other big city ac­tiv­i­ties. This part of her life changed dras­ti­cally when her dad passed away when Mary was al­most 16. Mary, her mom and brother Chet moved to Michi­gan’s Up­per Penin­sula to gain the help of fam­ily mem­bers. Af­ter high school in Crys­tal Falls, it was off to Michi­gan State for a cou­ple of years. Mar­riage to Dave Martinkewiz fol­lowed in 1956, then to Seat­tle in 1958. Fol­low­ing years found them in Topeka, Kan., Law­ton, Okla., and then Tulsa for 30 years. De­grees from Tulsa Uni­ver­sity and North­east Ok­la­homa State paved the way for 25 years as a speech pathol­o­gist in Tulsa Pub­lic Schools.

While all this was go­ing on, she raised three sons, Alan born in 1957, Keith born in 1958 and Greg born in 1962. Guid­ing them with love and good sense, the re­sult was all with col­lege de­grees, good mar­riages to ex­cep­tional daugh­ters-in­law, six grand­chil­dren and six great-grand­chil­dren.

A 1992 re­tire­ment to Beaver Lake pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for con­tin­ued ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing wa­ter sports, bridge, a ladies per­for­mance dance group, var­ied so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion, com­plet­ing 50 years in TTT (a send to girls camp soror­ity), golf, two months a year on South Padre Is­land, groups to help other folks and travel. She man­aged to visit all 50 states and all con­ti­nents ex­cept Antarc­tica. The lack of Antarc­tica was a re­gret.

Au­gust 2018 found her en­joy­ing a spe­cial event. A Martinkewiz Fam­ily Reunion of Mary and Dave, the three boys, and their com­plete fam­i­lies was held at Beaver Lake. A group of 25 gath­ered with Mary smil­ing in the midst of it all.

Some of the good­byes will oc­cur at 11 a.m. Fri­day, Oct. 5, in the Lost Bridge Com­mu­nity Church, on Whit­ney Moun­tain in Garfield, Ark.

A re­cep­tion is to fol­low at the NEBCO Fire Sta­tion No. 1 in Garfield.

Do­na­tions, if de­sired, to a fa­vorite char­ity is pre­ferred to gifts or flow­ers.

A fol­low-on birth­day party, on or be­fore her birth­day of Oct. 28, 2018, is in ini­tial plan­ning. It will be full of good mem­o­ries and hope­fully not too rowdy.

Ar­range­ments were un­der the care of Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers. rollins­fu­neral.com

Au­drey Ra­mona Ped­er­sen

Au­drey Ra­mona Ped­er­sen, 78, of Pea Ridge, died Sept. 29,

2018 due to an ac­ci­den­tal fall.

She was born April

6, 1940, in

Web­ster,

South Dakota, the only child of Casper and Eve­lyn John­son (nee Kam­pen).

She at­tended St. Olaf Col­lege where she met Don­ald B. Ped­er­sen and they were mar­ried May 4, 1963. She com­pleted her un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, re­ceiv­ing her bach­e­lor of arts de­gree cum laude in 1962. She grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity Arkansas with a mas­ter of mu­sic de­gree. In 1994, Au­drey be­came a church mu­si­cian and choir di­rec­tor, con­tin­u­ing un­til her death. She was a spe­cial­ist in re­ar­rang­ing mu­sic for small and often un­bal­anced church choirs.

She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; her grand­son, Dil­lon Jones; and daugh­ter, Holly Ped­er­sen.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band Don; sons, Theodore Ped­er­sen and wife Ayda of Du­luth, Minn., and Roger Ped­er­sen of Fayet­teville, Ark.; daugh­ters, Bar­bara Har­mon and hus­band Wes­ley, Paula Ped­er­sen, Donna Davis and hus­band Ja­son, all of the Fayet­teville area; eight grand­chil­dren; and sev­eral very spe­cial cousins in Amer­ica and Nor­way.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice cel­e­brat­ing her life will be held at 3 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13, in Bright­wa­ter Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church.

A re­cep­tion will fol­low in the fel­low­ship hall.

In lieu of flow­ers, memorials may be made to Bright­wa­ter Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2320, Rogers, AR. 72756 or through Paypal at bright­wa­ter­mumc. church@gmail.com. On­line con­do­lences may be made at sis­co­fu­ner­al­home.net.

Jo Ann Staats

Jo Ann Staats, 64, of Garfield, died Oct. 3, 2018, in her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1953, in Ben­tonville to Ben­jamin Staats and Angie Jack­son.

She was a life­long res­i­dent of North­west Arkansas, and worked as a florist. She en­joyed flow­ers, work­ing in home health care, and her great-grand­ba­bies.

She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents.

Sur­vivors in­clude her two chil­dren, Amanda House (Scott) of Garfield and Wayne Oberg of Pineville, Mo.; one sis­ter, Deb­bie Speer (Phil) of Pineville, Mo.; five grand­chil­dren; four great-grand­chil­dren; and her dog, Lance.

Grave­side ser­vice will be at 10 a.m. Mon­day, Oct. 8, in Ben­tonville Ceme­tery.

Ar­range­ments were by Ept­ing Funeral Home.

Con­do­lences: ept­ing fu­ner­al­home.webs.com.

Shirley Kay Tacker

Shirley Kay Tacker, 68, of Pineville, Mo., died Oct. 5 in her home. She was born

Sept. 21,

1950, in Ben­tonville to Daryle

Leo Greene and Zora

Lavaun Dean Greene.

She was raised in Pea Ridge and wed Larry Tacker May 29, 1968. She worked 11 years at Cobb Vantress, then re­tired from the ac­counts re­ceiv­able clerk for Har­ris Bak­ery. She en­joyed quilting, gardening, rais­ing live­stock and her cats and dogs. She was a mem­ber of First Bap­tist Church in Garfield and at­tended The Ridge Church in Pea Ridge.

She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents.

Sur­vivors are her hus­band Larry of the home; a son, Daniel Tacker of Pineville; a daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Tacker (Amanda) of Ben­tonville; two broth­ers, Ken­neth Greene (Judy) of Pea Ridge and Rus­sell Greene of Fayet­teville; a sis­ter, Polly Ruth El­liott (Danny) of Sher­wood; five grand­chil­dren; and four great-grand­chil­dren.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 7, in the funeral home.

Grave­side ser­vice is set for 10 a.m. Mon­day, Oct. 8, in Rud­dick Ceme­tery in Garfield with Pas­tor Bonnie Austin of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Ar­range­ments are by Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge.

On­line con­do­lences may be made at sis­co­fu­neral home.net.

Ped­er­son

Dun­can

Martinkewiz

Tacker

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