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Ida Catherine Crites

Ida Catherine Crites, 81, of Bentonville, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy Village.

Ida was born on October 16, 1936, in Peach Orchard, Arkansas, to Willard Leroy Ulmer and Minnie Christine Parks-Ulmer. She married John Crites on August 10, 1957, who preceded her in death in 2009. Ida was a homemaker, she enjoyed playing bean bag baseball, bingo, and any sporty game on the Wii. She had a true passion for being a Sunday school teacher and loved her Sunday school classes. Most of all, she cherished her family and taking her Honey Mans, John for McChickens.

She is survived by her son, Michael John Crites of Rogers, Arkansas; Penny Sue Crites of Decatur, Arkansas; her six grandchildren, Sara Downing-Clark, Micah Ingram, Matt Crites, Justin Crites, Frankii Downing; Jeremy Bennett; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Minnie Ulmer; her spouse, John Crites; her brother, Jimmie "Abe" Ulmer; and sister, Lottie Maggard.

The visitation for Ida was held on Friday, June 29, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home Chapel in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Chaplain Beth Snyder officiated the service with burial following at Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Circle of Life Hospice Care or the Alzheimer's Association. The arrangements were entrusted to Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, please visit


Phyllis Dean Earp

Phyllis Dean Earp, 71, of Colcord, Okla., died June 30, 2018 at her home.

She was born Feb. 28, 1947, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Claude Wofford and Macie Beck Wofford. She graduated from Colcord High School. She married Bill Earp on June 6, 1964, in Colcord. She worked as the school secretary for the Colcord Elementary School. She was a member of the Colcord Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by a daughter, Cindi Wiles and husband A.J. of Colcord; a son, Jarrod Earp and wife Melissa of Colcord; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry Wofford and wife Marsha of Branson, Mo.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Colcord Church of Christ with Mike Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Dickson Cemetery in Cherokee City, Ark.

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Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Astrid Marie Holmquist

Astrid Marie Holmquist, 96, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died July 2, 2018, at her home.

Born January 31, 1922, in Tyler, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Jorgen Christensen and Rigmor Therkildsen Christensen. Astrid married Archie Holmquist on July 13, 1944. She was a registered nurse, wife of a Naval officer, worked hard on the family farm in Tyler, Minnesota, for many years. Astrid owned and operated a motel in Cedar City, Utah, retired to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, to be near her sister in mid 80's. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, gardening and especially loved her roses. Astrid was a world traveler which she also enjoyed.

Astrid was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Survivors include her sister, Alice Elin Campbell of Gentry, Arkansas; nieces, Alice Arlene Jardee of Omaha, Nebraska, Dolly Jane Miller of Springdale, Arkansas, Patricia Astrid Adams of Gentry, Arkansas, and Valerie Sophia Berry of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and numerous Holmquist nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Wasson Memorial Chapel, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, visit


Dean Kerns

Desmond "Dean" Kerns was born to Clyde and Daisy Kerns in Logan, Oklahoma, Beaver County, on September 18, 1933. Dean, 84, peacefully graduated into his Heavenly home on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

One night when Dean was eight years old he attended a revival being held at the town school house. Pastor Maynard Campbell "scared him into heaven" that night and Dean was forever grateful. Dean's experience with the Lord impacted him greatly from that moment on.

Dean spent his early years living in the country and traveling two and a half hours each way on a bus to get to school in Laverne, Oklahoma. Dean always loved the outdoors and had a passion for fishing. He was also athletic and enjoyed competing in all sports.

He graduated from Laverne High School in 1951 and entered Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he studied for the ministry. While in Greenville, Dean had his first sermon opportunities, preaching to prisoners on a chain gang. After two years, Dean transferred to Pasadena Nazarene College in California, where he played basketball and earned a Divinity degree in 1956. During Dean's junior year of college he met his wife, Ruth Walsh. Dean served as student body president his senior year, along with Ruth, who was also a member of student council. Dean and Ruth were married on April 11, 1957, in Pasadena, Calif.

After college graduation, Dean and Ruth moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Dean attended Nazarene Theological Seminary. After completing seminary, Dean and Ruth returned to California and founded the La Mirada Nazarene Church in the summer of 1960, where Dean served as senior pastor.

Also in 1960, Dean met fellow minister, Don Leetch. As their friendship grew, they asked the question, "If we had 10 years left to live, would we keep doing what we are doing?" This led to resigning their respective pastorates in 1963 with the vision of "doing what we can in our generation to make Christ known." A business and ministry partnership was formed that lasted more than 50 years. Together with their wives, they co-founded Outreach Center Church and DaySpring Cards, which they moved from Southern California to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1979. Dean was an active influence in both the business and church community in Northwest Arkansas.

Dean and Ruth were married for 35 years until Ruth passed away in 1992. The following year, Dean married Carol Atkins at Outreach Center Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Dean and Carol were married for 25 years.

Dean loved God with his whole heart and he invested his life pursuing Him. He was an authentic example to all of his family and friends of what that meant. He will be missed greatly by his wife, Carol, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Kerns and Daisy (Baxter) Kerns; his first wife, Ruth (Walsh) Kerns; his sister, Shirley Smalley; and stepsons, Paul and Dan Atkins.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his son, Darren Kerns and wife Lori of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; his daughter, Karen (Kerns) Morris and husband Drew of Springdale, Arkansas; his step-daughter Catherine (Atkins) Carrion and husband Luis of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; step-daughter-in-law, Valbona Batchelor of Springdale, Arkansas; his sister, Pat Wynn of Follett, Texas, his sister JoAn Stevens and husband Wes of Gold Canyon, Arizona; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a host of cherished friends.

Dean's family is grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and other acts of kindness shown to Dean and his family during his illness. Truly, "we thank our God upon every remembrance of you." Philippians 1:3.

Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs. Burial will be private. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Cathedral of the Ozarks at John Brown University in Siloam Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Outreach Center Church Building Fund, care of Outreach Center, 21181 Oak Ridge Road, Siloam Springs, AR, 72761.


Dianna "Toodie" Lea Laswell

Dianna "Toodie" Lea Laswell, 71, of Gentry, Ark., died July 1, 2018, at Willard Walker Hospice Home located in Fayetteville, Ark.

She was born in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Earl and Maxine McNair. She had a love of nature and loved animals, especially squirrels and skunks. She worked with the State of Arkansas in animal rehabilitation. She went to Tech School where she obtained a degree in computer science. She worked a few years at Ozark Electronics of Siloam Springs. She also worked a few years in Maintenance at Rogers High School. In her spare time she was a homemaker and loved spending quality time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard Laswell; three daughters, Dawn Officer of Tulsa, Okla., Dania Corter and her husband Jimmy of Gentry, and Delta Allen and husband Zane of Siloam Springs; one brother, David McNair and wife Barbara of Colcord, Okla.; and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. July 7 at First Christian Church of Gentry.

An online guest book is available at

Epting Funeral Home of Gravette, Ark., is in charge of arrangements.

Lois L. McGlothlin

Lois L. McGlothlin, 95, of Colcord, Okla., died July 1, 2018, at Quail Ridge Living Center in Colcord.

She was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Alva, Okla., to Lee Throckmorton and Hazel Matthewson. She married Charles McGlothlin. She lived in Oklahoma most of her life. She worked for Bear Brand Hosiery and Franklin Electric before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and two sons.

She is survived by four grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Velda VanHooser.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice, 68 of Rose, Okla., died on July 3, 2018, at his home.

Funeral services are pending and will be announced by Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs.

Lyman Williams

Lyman Williams of Gentry, Ark., died June 28, 2018, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ark.

Lyman was born May 21, 1937, in Boatman, Okla., to Hugh and Dell Williams, who preceded him in death along with his wife Kathy and brothers Van and Trenton.

Lyman lived in the Gentry area for the past 65 years, where he farmed and engaged in other businesses, including hardware, health food, produce and real estate.

Lyman is survived by his wife Mary; children, Joy, Jay and wife Shirley, Delton and wife Lee, and Lorie Wagner and husband Todd; step-children, Rick Fisher, Bruce Fisher, Elizabeth Yeagley and husband David; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Twila Williams and Nora Krein-Slikkers; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Lyman is remembered for his big heart, warm smile and open home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the Springtown Adventist Church outdoor pavilion on Fairmount Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

Please visit Lyman's memorial page at


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