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Joyce Ann Higgins

Joyce Ann Higgins, age 70, of Smithville, Oklahoma died Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born on Tuesday, June 14, 1949 to Leroy Sharp and Bessie Louise Brown Sharp in Florence, Arizona.   

Joyce was a lady of faith and had a love for her family.  Her children and grandchildren were the most important aspect of her life.  Joyce graduated High School with honors and received the Betty Crocker Scholarship.  She worked many years as a billing specialist for multiple Home Health agencies. She was a hard worker and enjoyed crafting, crocheting, and spending time in Hobby Lobby.  Joyce was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

  She is preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Louise Sharp, her father, Leroy Sharp, a brother, Roy Sharp, and a sister, Catherine Sharp.

Joyce is survived by her beloved daughters, Sheila Cunningham of Smithville, Oklahoma and Tess Merrideth and companion, Brian Toon of Smithville, Oklahoma; her brother, Tim Sharp of Wrightsville, Arkansas; sisters, Edna Hines of Noble, Oklahoma, Judy Parnell and husband, Leslie of Smithville, Oklahoma, Rosalie Sherrouse of Glenwood, Arkansas, and Emalie Hines and husband, Mickey of Lindsey, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren,  Steven Fisher of Goshen, Indiana, Crystal Seiguet and companion, Travis of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Kristina Provence and husband, Rodney of Hatton, Arkansas, Tony Blake and wife Tesha of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Tonya Heifner and husband, Mathew of Zafra, Oklahoma, Joey Cunningham of Goshen, Indiana, and Taryn Cunningham of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nineteen great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends.

  Graveside services will be Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating.  Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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