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|Jackie Lee Jordan, 67, of West Fork, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born August
27, 1949 in Fayetteville to Clyde Marion and Patsy Nell (Holland) Jordan.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cherlyn (Myers) Jordan of the home; two daughters, Amber Chiddister and husband J.R. of
Fayetteville, Amie Jordan of West Fork; one brother, David Hobbs of Ft. Smith; and four grandchildren, Nickolaus and wife Jessie,
Spencer, Caedmon and Sebastian.
A graveside service was Saturday, August 12, at Baptist Ford Cemetery.
Larry Lane Thomas, 66, of Springdale, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born June 1, 1951, in Springdale
to Frank and Opal Edgemon Thomas. Larry had a big heart and enjoyed riding horses in his younger years.
He is survived by two children, Bryan Thomas and Bridget Henry and her husband Richard, both of Pea Ridge; four brothers, James Thomas, Donald
Thomas, Dean Thomas, Charles Thomas; one sister, Carolyn Riggins; and four grandchildren, Trevor, Mason, Tiffany, and Trinity.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 14, at Zion Cemetery.
Virginia “Kiki” Fedosky, 87, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at her home. She was born May 11, 1930, in Indianapolis,
Indiana to Arthur Wayne and Hilda Braun Eubank.
Kiki received her degree in Physical Education from Indiana University where she was also a cheerleader. Upon graduation, she
taught junior high P.E. until starting her own family. Together with her husband, Ed and Kiki owned and operated Wilderness
Campsites on Lake Shishebogma in Wisconsin, each summer, from 1961-1967. The family moved to Arkansas in 1967 and in
1975 she and her husband established Swim Ranch. Over the next 40 years, “Ms. Virginia” developed and taught her unique
“Waterbabies” classes to hundreds of children in NWA. She was actively involved with the direction of Swim Ranch activities at the
time of her death.
Favorite pastimes included playing Scrabble, Bridge on Fridays, RV camping, and riding horses in her younger years. Kiki was a
self-taught landscaper and flower gardener, making many improvements around her home and Swim Ranch. She also enjoyed
selling ads in the Star Shopper for a number of years. For a number of years, she and Ed volunteered as greeters each Sunday at
Fellowship Bible Church in Lowell. Her family is joyful in their sorrow, knowing that she is face to face with Jesus and reunited
with her husband.
Kiki was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Edward “Coach” Fedosky, last December, and a brother, David Eubank.
She is survived by five children, Edward Fedosky and wife Rebecca of Madison, Wisconsin, Susan Gabbard and husband Ron of
Elm Springs, Dr. Scott Fedosky and wife Teresa of Fayetteville, Kim Brinson and husband Mike of Wesley, Dr. Keane Fedosky and
wife Amy of Rowlett, Texas; two brothers, Dick Eubank of Florida, Don Eubank of Indiana; 23 grandchildren and 14 great-
A memorial service was Monday, August 21, at Fellowship Bible Church. Private interment was at Mt. Comfort Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Community Center, P.O. Box 939, Rogers, AR 72757
Loyce Raye Ardemagni, 85, of Tontitown, died Monday, August 14, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born
December 27, 1931 in Fayetteville to Otis and Hazel Thompson Weir. Loyce enjoyed serving the community for 42 years as a
waitress at Mary Maestri’s. She was devoted to the care of her family, a meticulous homemaker, and always hospitable. Loyce
especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Ardemagni, in 1987; a brother, Keith Weir; two sisters, Betty Graue and Trudy
Eads; and a son-in-law, Thomas McKinley. She is survived by six children, Larry Ardemagni and wife Glenda of Tontitown, Marsha
McJunkin and husband Rick of Colcord, Karla McKinley of Tontitown, Roger Ardemagni and wife Brenda of Tontitown, Donna
Luckett of Springdale, Scott Ardemagni and wife Rhonda of Tontitown; one sister, Marilyn Graue of Springdale; 14 grandchildren,
24 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, August 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest.
Bernard “Kay” Smith, 86, of Elm Springs, died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born
April 5, 1931 in Witter to Newt and Minnie Lee Kirk Smith. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Kay is survived by his wife Polly Smith of the home; two children, Greg Smith and wife Krystle of Springdale, Andrea Doss and
husband Jason of Prairie Grove; five step-children, James Gibson Jr. and wife Kelly of Decatur, Alabama, Julie Rice and husband
Jim of Bentonville, Karen Wade and husband John Aydt of Parsons, Kansas, Joy Slankard and husband Glen of Bentonville, Vicky
Williams and husband Matt of Springdale; his sister Wanda Hennington of Springdale, 23 grandchildren, and many great-
A funeral was Friday, August 18, at the funeral home. Private burial was at Elm Springs Cemetery.
Mary Ellen Lentz Smith, 87, of Bella Vista, died August 15, 2017 at her home. She was born August 11, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
to Elmer and Ina Ptiman Lentz. Mary grew up in Fostoria, Ohio where she graduated high school in 1948. She then attended
Bowling Green University. She taught elementary school from 1963 to 1974, was a principal in Russellville, and went on to be a
counselor in Little Rock. Mary then became a Housemother for Kappa Delta sorority at the University of Arkansas in 1993. Mary
later went to work for Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 1999. Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Headquarters awarded their beloved
Housemother with the Order of the Violet award. She is one of two individuals to hold this honor.
Mary was preceded in death by two sons, Brett Smith Sr. and Kip Smith, and former husband, Glen A. Smith. She is survived by
her daughter, Shawn Frick of Fayetteville; her son, Kevin Smith of Pensacola, Florida; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren
and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be Saturday, August 26, at 2 p.m. at 418 South Forty Road in West Fork. Mary loved flowers very
much, but since she is not here to enjoy them, we would like donations to be sent to The American Bird Conservancy.
Mary Kampe Browne, 99, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home. She was born February 19, 1918 in New
York City to Charles and Dora Penfound Kampe. Mary had a zest for life. She retired as the assistant director of nursing at San
Francisco General Hospital. She loved caring for her patients and had an amazing bed-side manner.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Doherty and Dorathy Sather, and a brother, Ed Kampe. Survivors include two
grandsons, Seth Smart of Tigard, Oregon, Shane Smart of Australia; three nieces, Patty Unseld and Ginger Amaral both of
Fayetteville, Dorathy Dejno of Pine Island, Minnesota; one nephew, Eddie Sather of Livermore, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Joseph
Doherty of Fayetteville; and several great nieces and nephews including Savannah, Chelsea, Kirra, Drake, Eric, Dione, Devon,
Hayden, Kaesen and Finn.
A memorial service was Friday, August 25, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.
Florian Chua Higgins, 48, of Rogers, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She
was born May 4, 1969 in the Philippines to Benito and Eugenia Silvano Chua. Florian was a very giving person who was always
helping with fundraisers and volunteer work. She enjoyed cooking, reading and her work as a paralegal. Florian also worked
part time at the Rogers Public Library.
Florian is survived by her husband, Aaron Higgins, and son, Mason, both of the family home; four brothers, Vicente Silvano,
Gildegardez Chua and Abito Silvano, all of the Philippines, Pio Chua of McAllen, Texas; and one sister, Leonora Silvano, of the
Philippines. She was preceded in death by a young sister.
A memorial service was Friday, September 1, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers.
Former Bentonville Mayor, Robert "Steve" Bertschy of Bella Vista, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the
age of 66. Steve was the first baby born in Bentonville in 1951 on January 2 to Louis Ivan and Mary Lou Boren Bertschy. He is
survived by his wife of 47 years, Cassandra “Sandy” Bertschy; daughter, Stephanie Disheroon, and son-in-law, Matt, of Bella
Vista; son, Robert R. Bertschy, and daughter-in-law, Brook Bertschy, of Charleston, South Carolina; grandchildren, Regan and
Allison Disheroon, of Bella Vista, and twins, Robert Owen and Emma Royce Bertschy, of Charleston; three brothers, David and
wife Jill; Tony and wife Terri; Tim Bertschy; and one sister, Kathy Bertschy Samples; and a large extended family. Steve's family
was the most important thing in life to him.
Steve's maternal and paternal grandparents raised their children in and around Bentonville. Steve's paternal grandparents,
Louis and Narcy Bertschy, owned a farm that is now under Lake Windsor. His maternal grandparents, Curtis and Della Boren,
were owners and editors of the Bentonville newspaper, The Benton County Democrat.
Not only was Steve a graduate of Bentonville High School, both of his parents, his wife, his daughter, his son, and currently two of
his grandchildren attended Bentonville Schools. Steve loved the Bentonville School district and passed that love on to his family.
Steve's love for football and politics were nurtured by the schools as he became an All-District and All-State tackle for the
Bentonville Tiger football team. He played in the East-West All-Star game at War Memorial Stadium. He got his first taste of
politics when he was chosen to attend Arkansas Boys State.
He received a football scholarship to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and went on to graduate from the University of
Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
Steve's early career was with the Arkansas Department of Corrections where he served as a parole officer, assistant warden of
the Cummins Unit, and warden of the Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center.
He was elected Mayor of Bentonville on April 22, 1986, and served until January, 1991. After his terms as Mayor, he went to work
for Wal-Mart where he served for twenty-two years before a cancer complications forced his retirement in 2015.
Throughout his life, he was involved with the community he loved so well. He served on the Bentonville School Board, was
President of the Bentonville Little League, President of Bentonville Youth Soccer and has been affiliated with multiple other
A celebration of his life was 10 a.m. Thursday, September 7, at First Baptist, Bentonville, with the Rev. Robert Cupp officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please support Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas in memory of Steve.
Dorthy Ann Drain, 81, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville. She was born
January 19, 1936 in LeRoy, Kansas to Walter and Grace Parker Wolford. Dorthy was devoted to the care of her family. She loved
to sing, play the piano, listen to gospel music and enjoyed playing cards.
She is survived by four daughters, Shyla Head and Rebecca Annis both of Fayetteville. Rhonda Bunch of Elkins, Penny GrayEagle
of Oklahoma City; one brother, J.R. Wolford; two sisters, Nellie Wynne and Doris Sumpter all of Topeka, Kansas; 12
grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James
Henry Drain; a daughter, Cindy Cole; and two grandchildren, Brandi Renee Cole and Shane Thompson.
A memorial service was Monday, September 18, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.
Betty I. Warner, 88, of Rogers, Arkansas, died Thursday, September 21, 2017. She was born November 23, 1928 in
Indianapolis, Indiana, to Robert and Mattie Belle Johnson Hagans. Betty was a longtime Indianapolis resident and devoted to
her husband and children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Warner, Jr., in 2002. She is survived by two children, Ken Warner, III of
Rogers, Karen Pitman and husband Tony of Indianapolis; one brother, Donald Hagans also of Indianapolis; several grand and
great-grandchildren; her “adopted son”, Thai Le and his family; and her extended family and friends at Ken’s Auction Gallery.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Kathryn Yvonne “Kathy” Mayhue, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 near Mountain View. She was born May
24, 1960 in Cleburne, Texas. Kathy was an adventurous and respected nature photographer capturing the beauty of the world
through her lens. She also enjoyed time in the outdoors including hiking and fishing. She was very involved with events at
Hobbs State Park and was a founding member of the Friends of Hobbs. She was dedicated to her family. She was a loving wife,
mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Above all she loved and followed Jesus. She lived by the standard of “if what you see by the
eye doesn’t please you, then close your eyes and see from your heart because the heart can see beauty and love more than the
eyes could ever wonder.”
Kathy is survived by her husband, David Mayhue, of the home; one son, Jonathon Mayhue and wife Amanda, and their children,
Magnus and Atticus, of Västerås, Sweden; her parents Roger and Beulah Marvin of Springdale; and two sisters, Bonita Harding
of O’Brien, Oregon, and Laura Nave of Springdale.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, September 27, at Keypoint Church Springdale campus. Funeral services will be at
11 a.m. Thursday, at the Hobbs State Park Visitor’s Center with a reception to follow. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Bluff Cemetery for
family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her son and daughter-in-law's ministry in
Sweden via their website www.pickletheherringandthemayhues.com.