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Judy Carolyn Ryan Smith

Judy Carolyn Ryan Smith, age 69 of Mena, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Fort Smith.

She was born October 31, 1949 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Clyde Clinton Ryan and Jimmie Lou Martin Ryan Wood.  She worked as a cook at Bob & Wanda’s Restaurant in Barling, Arkansas where her co-workers she considered as family.  Judy adored her dogs.  She cooked for them and coddled them as if they were her children.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her and will be dearly missed.

Survivors are: her son, Billy Joe McLain and wife Mary; mother, Jimmie Lou Wood; brother, James Homer Hale; sisters:  Shirley Ryan Torres, Deana Willhite, and Martha Pruitt; grandchildren:  Aiden McLain and Alexia Minzel; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends; as well as special friends:  Randy and Tainya Phelps.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde C. Ryan; her brother, Tommy Bacon; and her sister, Connie Ryan White.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Lewis Martin and Brother Lance Sawyer officiating.

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