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Robyn “Cricket” Lori Hirshfield-Tice

Robyn “Cricket” Lori Hirshfield-Tice, age 57, died on Monday, September 4, 2023, at the Fayetteville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, January 10, 1966, to Barry Jay Hirshfield and Ellen Maureen Engel Hirshfield in Brooklyn, New York.

Robyn loved to gather with her family around the dinner table and she loved Chinese food. As far as music goes, 80’s rock was her jam. She was a die-hard fan of Bon Jovi, Kiss, Yanni and many others of that iconic era. Her love for music was a testament to her youthful spirit and vivacious personality.

Television held a special place in Robyn’s heart, with her favorite shows being “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Big Brother.” Date nights were spent with the love of her life, Mark, watching “Below Deck.”

Her taste in film was just as refined. “Ghost,” “What Dreams May Come,” and “Titanic” were some of the movies that captivated her the most.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed playing poker and cards. Her competitive spirit was evident in those moments, mixed with her infectious laughter and witty remarks.

Robyn had an artistic flare that she often expressed through doing her nails and crafting homemade Christmas gifts. This love of arts and crafts not only revealed her creativity but also her thoughtful nature and dedication to personalizing her expressions of love. Her favorite colors, pink and purple, beautifully represented her vibrant and nurturing spirit.

As a person, Robyn was best described as witty, a great listener, nurturer, and protector. She was known for her wise and soothing words, often saying, “It’s just a snowflake, not an avalanche,” to imply that no problem was too big to overcome. She was a stalwart believer in God’s presence in her life and cherished her relationship with the Lord.

The center of Robyn’s world was her boys. She loved them with all her heart and was always there to protect them, adhering to her firm belief in never giving up and to love her kids unconditionally. Her love for them was endless, as was her capacity to nurture their dreams and aspirations.

Robyn Tice will be forever remembered as a beacon of love, kindness, and strength. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her lessons of love, determination, and faith will continue to inspire her loved ones for generations.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ellen Maureen Engel Hirshfield.

Robyn is survived by her father, Barry Jay Hirshfield of Salem, Ohio; her husband, Mark Tice of Mena; four sons and daughter-in-law, Andrew Marino of Vineland, New Jersey, James K. Hirshfield of Mena, Micheal Sterner of Mena, Brandon and Alexandra Zacarias of Springdale; three sisters, Eve Berg of California, Melissa Jo Lane of Mena, Lorajean and Kevin Keith of Winterpark, Florida; four grandchildren, Lacelynn Sterner, Aaliyah Lori Rae Hirshfield, Emma Zacarias, and Greyson Zacarias; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service was held on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas, with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Visitation was general on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Bowser Family Funeral Home from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Pallbearers will be Mark Tice, Andrew Marino, James Hirshfield, Micheal Sterner, Brandon Zacarias, and Lee Bidnick.

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