Wanda Karnes Ir­win

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

Wanda Karnes Ir­win, 87, of Spring­dale, Ark., passed away Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30, 2017, at Ear­lene Howard Hospice Home in Spring­dale. She was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Cane Hill, Ark., the daugh­ter of Stir­man and Gla­dys D. (Cur­tis) Karnes.

She was a cur­rent mem­ber of the First United Methodist Church in Spring­dale. She had pre­vi­ously been a mem­ber of the First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Spring­dale from 1960-1977 and Cane Hill Pres­by­te­rian Church from her child­hood to 1960.

She mar­ried James Clark Ir­win on Dec. 26, 1949. She grad­u­ated with her Bach­e­lor’s of Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion in 1951 from the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas. She taught for a few years in the Prairie Grove School District be­fore mov­ing to Spring­dale with James who went to work for Tyson Foods.

She and her hus­band, James, loved sports and sel­dom, if ever, missed a game their sons Jim and Clark were play­ing. They were es­pe­cially proud when Jim and Clark played for the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs, and have been big sup­port­ers of the Ra­zor­back Foun­da­tion for many years.

She was a won­der­ful home­maker and loved hav­ing friends over for watch­ing ball­games, play­ing bridge, and en­ter­tain­ing. Her bridge club and “lunch bunch” of many decades knew her to be an avid bridge player who some­times helped teach oth­ers to play.

She loved her grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren very much and just re­cently spent time with all of them. She and James trav­eled na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally in their younger years and She was so glad to have had that op­por­tu­nity with him.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band of 54 years, James Clark Ir­win; two broth­ers, Cur­tis Karnes and War­ren Karnes; and two sis­ters, Mar­guerite Deaton and Mer­ril Brown.

She is sur­vived by her three chil­dren, James Stir­man Ir­win and wife Judy Showal­ter Ir­win of Lit­tle Rock, Ark., Charles Clark Ir­win and wife Ge­orgi Spill­man Ir­win of Spring­dale and Paula Kay Ir­win


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