Marguerite "Rita" E. Grammer
SILOAM SPRINGS -- Marguerite "Rita" E. Grammer, 61, of Siloam Springs died Jan. 30, 2003, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital. She was born June 1, 1941, in Panama City, Panama, to Herbert O. and Alice Wood Engelke.
Rita was an adoring and loving wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, Harold D. Grammer of Siloam Springs; three daughters, Tracee Williams and her husband, Darrell, of Fayetteville, Leslie Grammer and her husband, Mike Beckham, of Colorado, and Jennifer Pierse and her husband, Daren, and their daughters, her grandchildren, Carson and Cameron of Arizona. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Judy Engelke, and their children, Margo and Brandon White, Hof and Meryl of Rogers, her sister, Mary Alice Williford, and her two sons, Robert and David Williford of Florida, her mother-in-law, Ann Grammer, sister-in-law, Reading Duetsche; brother-in-law and his wife, John and Carol Grammer of Siloam Springs, and their son, Rand, and family from Tulsa, Okla.; sister-in-law Sharon Davis and her husband Biff and their sons, Jim and John Miller and their families of Colorado. She is also survived by her exchange student, Jose Pablo "Yonto" Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico.
Rita was an extraordinary high-school student at Cristobal High School in Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama. She participated in many clubs and activities, including the National Honor Society, and earned many awards and scholarships for excellence in academics and community service. Her senior year she was voted homecoming princess, friendliest and most likely to succeed. These nominations were just a prelude to forthcoming achievements.
She attended college at the University of Arkansas, and the University of Tulsa in the school of nursing. She married the love of her life, Harold, secretly on Dec. 31, 1960, and again before friends and family in Margarita, Canal Zone, Panama, on Feb. 28, 1961, (always a sense of adventure!). While living in Arizona from 1966 to 1971 as a devoted stay-at-home mother, she was appointed to conduct the census for the third-largest county in the United States. She was a professional seamstress and an indispensable member of the Girl Scout Council. In addition, she was a founding member of two Episcopal churches.
While residing in Bentonville from 1971 to 1994, she began her career with Wal-Mart in store planning and retired from personnel in 1989 after 16 years of dedication. In her spare time, she was an American Field Service Club president and host. She enjoyed her bridge club, sewing and craft hobbies, and supported and encouraged her three daughters with their many school projects, clubs and activities. She never missed a single concert, play, competition, parent night, football or basketball game.
She loved to travel the world and began her twelve-year career as a travel agent for Tyson Foods International in 1990. She proudly volunteered on Tyson's internal committee for benevolence.
In 1997, Rita began her tenacious and courageous fight against melanoma. Never losing her passion for customer service, she continued working for the Tyson travel department by home computer while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Toward the end of her career, she was given the opportunity to office at Cobb Vantress. There she established many new and endearing friendships while continuing to book travel for Tyson Foods and Cobb Vantress. In all she did, she pursued her Christian faith.
Her grandchildren liked to say, "Grandma just keeps going and going." In our hearts, she always will.
The family wishes to thank the many health-care professionals who offered dedicated and compassionate care over the past few years. Special thanks go to Dr. Scott Stinnett and his staff, Dr. Allen Kellar and his staff, and Dr. Vaphiades of UMC, who diagnosed her rare form of melanoma.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville with Dr. Gordon Garlington III officiating. The burial will take place in Oakhill Cemetery in Siloam Springs. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville.
Arrangements are by Stockdale Funeral Services of Rogers.
Christopher "Chris" Anderson
FAYETTEVILLE -- Christopher "Chris" Anderson, 22, of Fayetteville, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Friday Jan. 31. 2003, in Springdale. He was born Jan. 17, 1981, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Christopher Peter and Karen Ann Lewis Anderson.
Chris was an independent contractor and a student.
He is survived by his mother, Karen Kimbro and husband, Kenneth, of Fayetteville; father, Chris Anderson and his wife, Lou Ann, of Dubuque, Iowa; four brothers, Gabe Kimbro of Davenport, Iowa, Kris Kimbro of Fayetteville, Derrick Klauer and Joseph Anderson, both of Dubuque, Iowa; five sisters, Sarah Anderson of Milwaukee, Wis., Melissa Kimbro and Jennifer Anderson, both of Dubuque, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Lewis of Dubuque, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Robert and Jo Anderson of Dubuque, Iowa; paternal grandmother, Rachael Kimbro of Moline, Ill., and maternal grandparents, Steve and Sally Stillmunkes of Dubuque, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held in Dubuque, Iowa, under the direction of Siegert-Didesch Colonial Funeral Home.
Visitation will be in the chapel at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville from noon until 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Antoinette LaVerne Lauren
ROGERS -- Antoinette LaVerne Lauren, 88, of Rogers died Feb. 1, 2003, in Rogers. Funeral services will be announced by Callison-Lough Funeral Services of Rogers.
Hugh Jackson Ashley
ROGERS -- Hugh Jackson Ashley, 60, of Rogers died Feb. 1, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Fayetteville. Arrangements will be announced by the Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers.
Dr. Ethan Dodgen
SILOAM SPRINGS -- Dr. Ethan Willard Dodgen, 98, of Siloam Springs died March 26, 2003, at Dallas, Texas. He was born Dec. 2, 1904, in Westville, Okla., to John Miller and Sarah Bell Wilson Dodgen. He was a Methodist minister for more than 40 years in Arkansas. He was a 1929 graduate of Hendrix College, and he graduated from Perkins Seminary at Southern Methodist University in 1932. He was a former minister at the First United Methodist Church in Springdale and had served as district superintendent of the Jonesboro District as well as the Fort Smith District. He married Grace Campbell on Dec. 31, 1931.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Dodgen of the home; one son, Dr. John C. Dodgen of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Cochran of Dallas, Texas, and Sarah Johnson of Vallejo, Calif.; one sister, Ruby Holcomb of Siloam Springs; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Siloam Springs.
Private burial will be at Elm Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 330, New York, N.Y., 10115.
Arrangements are by Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs.
Donna Carol Bailey
Donna Carol Bailey, 60, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, March 28, 2003, at Springfield, Mo. She was born April 29, 1942, in Prairie Grove to Buril G. and Edna Wright Lankford. She was a member of the Ozark Botanical Society.
Her parents, a sister Sandra and brothers Bill and Leroy preceded her in death.
She is survived by one daughter, Laura Summers and son-in-law Steve and grandchildren, Kyle, Sarah and Brent of Tulsa, Okla.; one son, Joe Toher and daughter-in-law Lori and granddaughter, Katherine of Lafayette, La.; three sisters, LaVaughn Hammond of Farmington, Marge Lankford of Wedington Woods and Pat Gideon of Prairie Grove.
Donna was a devoted mother and grandmother, loving sister and dedicated friend. She loved animals, nature, gardening and was an avid and talented bowler. Her kind and generous spirit touched many lives and will be missed by all. "We love you Mom."
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today, April 1, 2003, at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Weddington Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Hall officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home & Crematory in Fayetteville.