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Sonja Katrina Stueart

Sonja Katrina Stueart, age 49, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2024, at her home.

She was born September 1, 1974, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Tommy and Cynthia McNabb Stueart. Sonja was a dispatcher for 14 years and after graduating from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy she served as a deputy for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, she was a school resource officer for Holly Harshman Elementary, she was passionate about her career and working with the staff and children gave her great joy. Sonja loved camping, shopping with her mother, jet boating with her dad and spending time with her family. She could often be heard speaking fondly about vacationing with her mother to visit her aunt in Granby, Colorado. Sonja was a loving mother, daughter, and friend and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her parents, Mena Chief of Police, Tommy Stueart and wife Cindi; her son, Calvin Stueart Ayers and his fiancé Becky Medena as well as her law enforcement family; special aunts, Nedra Martin and Uncle Lendall of Parks, Arkansas, Pat Bellacicco and Uncle Brian of Granby, Colorado, Uncle Larry Stueart and Aunt Kaffy of Ashdown, Arkansas; her dearest lifelong friend, Jesslyne Tisdale of Hot Springs, Arkansas; her fellow classmates of ALETA Class 2022-C; her Polk County Sheriff’s Department brothers and sisters; her beloved cat Chunk; as well as by a host of many, many, other friends too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Wayne and Annie Lou Stueart and her maternal grandparents, James D. McNabb and Rachael Marline Nord.

Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas. Services for Ms. Sonja Stueart are planned for Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., at the Crossing Church in Mena, Arkansas. Police Department Chaplain Jack Shultz will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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