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Lavada Mae Little

Little-1Lavada Mae Little, age 83, of Mena passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

She was born in Eagleton, Arkansas on April 10, 1932 to the late Vance Thomas Shadwick and the late Martha Parthenia Altstatt Shadwick.  Lavada was a member of the Acorn Election Board for many years. She was widely known for her handmade quilts. She was an exceptional cook, who provided delicious meals to anyone who visited. She was extremely resourceful and independent. Lavada was a Christian lady who showed her devotion through fellowship and providing for others.  She was dedicated to all animal welfare. Lavada was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all who knew her. She will be missed dearly.

She is survived by daughters, Beverly Strothers and husband Freddie of Mena, Arkansas and Carla Moore of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Adam Strothers and wife Davelynn of Mena, Arkansas, Matthew Strothers of Mena, Arkansas, Evelyn Strothers of Mena, Arkansas, Stephanie Moore of Mena, Arkansas, Zackary Moore of Mena, Arkansas, Michael Little of Ft. Worth, Texas, Michelle James and husband Douglas and family; great-grandchildren, Marissa Willis of Mena, Arkansas, Courtney Willis of Mena, Arkansas; sisters, Helen Loman and husband Jerry of Mazatlan, Mexico and Joyce Turman of Clovis, California; numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her step-mother, Sarah “Jackie” McDonald, her husband William Z. Little, son, Steven Wayne Little, sisters, Judy Darlene Pope and Delores Eaton, great-granddaughter, Miranda Willis.

Mrs. Little was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.  Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to PCDC or the local Humane Society.


  1. Carla, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Iam so sorry, prayers with all of you! She will be missed, she was such a kind spoken, kind hearted person!

  3. Debbie Ruiz Ballinger

    There are no words to express the sorrow of losing such a wonderful person. It was such a honor to be one of many neices of Aunt Lavada and I will always treasure the memories I have from living with you for a few months. She always has a place in our heart.

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