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Marilyn Shields

Marilyn Shields, age 66, of Oden, Arkansas, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at her home. She was born on Friday, September 6, 1957, to John and Julia Hickman Allen in Rawlins, Wyoming.

Marilyn had a passion for arts and was very artistic in painting and crafting. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her granddaughters fiercely. She met the love of her life, Jimmy, and the two shared many wonderful years together. Marilyn was also a loving and caring mother and loved her sons, Zachary and Nathan, dearly. She will continue on in our hearts and memories and will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Julia Allen; and her son, Nathan Bates.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband and soulmate, Jim Shields of Oden; her son, Zach Bates; brothers, Doug Allen, and John Allen; grandchildren, Kailey Bailey, Abbi Cook, Zoey Bates; nieces, Alanah Allen, and Tiffany Crawford; nephew, Josh Carmack; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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