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Iva Mae Sikes

iva-mae-sikes-1Iva Mae Sikes, age 96, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Iva Mae was born on May 5, 1920 to Ora L. and Ida Jane Holmes.  She was united in marriage to Lee Sikes on November 24, 1934.  She was blessed with three children, Mildred, Larry, and Virginia.  She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.  She worked at Renova Shirt Factory and Teague Leather Goods.  After retirement, she and her daughter, Virginia, opened a quilt shop named Stitches.  She loved her family dearly and enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking, and ironing.  She lived for family get-togethers with homemade pizza and fried potatoes and the annual Sikes’ reunion.  She had many friends and became a special grandma to all of her caregivers at Rich Mountain.

She is survived by daughter-in-law, Ginger Sikes of Silver City, New Mexico; son-in-Law, Arville Busch of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Bryant Busch and wife Ellen, Bruce Busch and wife Susan, Tyra Hobson and husband Mark, and Mitch Sikes and wife Sherri, all of Mena; great-grandchildren, Brandon Busch, Chase Busch, Bradley Busch, Kris Hobson, Wade Hobson, Race Hobson, Reagan Sikes, Lauren Sikes; several great-great grandchildren; siblings, Rose Lea Beck, Charles Holmes, and Glen Holmes; and a special friend who she loved as a daughter, Sue Powell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Sikes; children, Mildred Sikes, Larry Sikes, and Virginia Busch; and siblings, Bunnie Holmes, Jesse Holmes, Robert Holmes, Fred Holmes, Mary Lou Phillips, and Ida Jane Breitenstein.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Busch, Chase Busch, Bradley Busch, Kris Hobson, Race Hobson, John Wise, and Ryan Tipton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bud Graves, Allen Hale, Earl Hale, Joe Head, Mark Hobson, Ty Jones, Eddie Lunsford, Larry McMellon, and Jorli Sikes.

Funeral Services are Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church on Hwy 8 West in Mena, Arkansas. Burial will follow at Board Camp Cemetery under direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Tuesday, December 13 at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Activity Fund, 306 Hornbeck Ave., Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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