Obituaries from July 2009
Rebecca Ann (Dunham) Beeler Pierson
Rebecca Ann (Dunham) Beeler Pierson, age 67, Holiday Island, died on July 16. She was born July 9, 1942 in Nixa, Mo., the daughter of Ross and Edna (Warren) Dunham. Becky was a member of Holiday Island Baptist Church and served in the choir. She authored a cookbook, Aunt Becky's Fast and Yummy Gluten-Free Wheat-free Recipes and childhood stories of the Little Farm in the Ozarks and was a member of the Eureka Springs Celiac Sprue Support Group...
One of 12 children, Jim Hovland moved from St. Louis, Mo. to Eureka Springs as part of the original "renaissance" movement in the early 1970s. Jim worked and played in Eureka for 25 years before moving back to St. Louis to care for his elderly parents...
Bernard Charles Gay
Bernard Charles Gay, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born Nov. 30, 1923 in Rochester, Minn., a son of Frank and Gladys (Blake) Gay. He died on July 17 in Eureka Springs at the age of 85. Mr. Gay served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by two nephews, Jeff Gay and wife Carrie of Eureka Springs and Glen Gay of Little Rock; one great-niece; four great-nephews; and a host of other family and friends...
Vida Margaret Polk
Vida Margaret Polk, a resident of Holiday Island and formerly of Green Forest, and long-time resident of Little Rock, was born Feb. 14, 1916, a daughter of John J. and Ida Neoma (Gipson) Matthews. She died on July 15 in Berryville at the age of 93. Mrs. Polk was a member of the First Baptist Church of Green Forest and was a past member of the Home Demonstration Club for 55 years...
Vera E. Pierson
Vera E. Pierson, age 89, of Eureka Springs, died July 9 in Brighton Ridge. She was born May 1, 1920, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Sander and Gunda (Erickson) Swanson. She married Irving Pierson in Chicago, Ill., who preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2002, after 59 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Kenneth Pierson and a son-in-law, Jim Graham...
Bart McCord, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born July 12, 1964 in St. Petersburg, Fla., a son of Frank G. and Katherine Ann (Fisher) McCord. He died on July 8 in Eureka Springs at the age of 44. He is survived by his mother, Katherine Ann McCord of Eureka Springs; one sister, Star (Dennis) Bailey of Florida; one brother, Mack McCord of California; one niece, Deana Bailey of Florida; and one nephew, David Bailey of Florida...
Benjamin Patrick "Ben" Michael, June 15, 2009
Services were held at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Shreveport, La. for Benjamin Patrick (Ben) Michael, age 22, of Shreveport, La. on June 20. He was interred at Centuries Memorial Park. Benjamin died on June 15 in Rapides Parish, La. after a tragic car accident...
Joseph Franklin McBrayer
Joseph Franklin McBrayer was born on July 7, 1935 in Redland, Okla. to Joseph Greenleaf McBrayer and Leona Bell (Jennings) McBrayer. He died on June 2 at his home in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 26 days. Joe lived in the Liberty Mounds community from 1970 to 1988 when he worked for Standard Oil and Amoco Oil as a computer programmer, systems analyst and head of computer security...
Jon Mark Biles
Jon Mark Biles, a resident of Berryville,, was born April 4, 1988 in Berryville, a son of John Biles and Donna (Knight) Biles. He died on Thursday, July 2 in Berryville at the age of 21. He is survived by his parents, John Biles of Holiday Island and Donna Biles of Berryville; half-sister, Jasmine Biles of Hot Springs; three brothers, David Biles of Berryville, Kyle Biles of Washington and Joshua Biles of Berryville; half-brother, Jason Sulfridge of Eureka Springs; step-brother, Gerry Ball of Eureka Springs; three aunts; five uncles; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.. ...
"Karen will be remembered by her family and friends for her intelligence and her wicked sense of humor. Everyone enjoyed her graceful spirit and love of life. Karen spoke often of her love of family. She was very proud of her beloved daughter Brittney and to have been able to welcome her first granddaughter Iris. She loved watching her family expand through her wonderful husband Bob, where she gained two more children and a grandson...
Geraldine Ragsdale died on Wednesday, July 2 at the age of 88. She is survived by one son, Charles M. "Sonny" Carter of Eureka Springs; two great-granddaughters, Kamelle Opal Webb of Eureka Springs and Tiffany Wade of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and a great-great granddaughter and great-great grandson in Broken Arrow, Okla...
Ellen Zwicky Cook
Ellen Zwicky Cook was born in Genoa, Italy on June 4, 1927 to Emil Zwicky and Linea (Kiefer) Zwicky. She lived there until she was about two years old and then moved with her family back to Elmhurst, Ill., where she grew up. Her father was export manager for Swift and Company...
Louise Elizabeth Butler
Louise Elizabeth Butler, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born Feb. 7, 1934 in St. Vincent, a daughter of Martin Miller and Marie Elizabeth (Erman) Miller. She died on June 27 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 75. Louise was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She volunteered her time working for Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life (Race for the Cure), helping with school functions and bowling in Cassville, Mo...