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Teddy Michelle Rife

Teddy Michelle Rife, age 70, of Mount Ida, Arkansas, gained her angel wings surrounded by her children on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Christus Dubuis Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, September 13, 1953 to Marvin and Vanell Howard in Sacramento, California.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clyde Rife; her daughter, Karen Fields; and grandchild, Mathew Salinas.

Teddy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ericka Salinas of New Boston, Texas; two daughters and son-in-law, Brandy and Jason Sparks of Grannis, Arkansas, and Patricia Ashley of Mount Ida, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, Jason C. Sparks, Chloe Sparks, Dakota Ashley, Brendan Ashley, Lillian Ashley, Sarai Stockton, Erika Williams, Christopher Salinas, and Sophia Salinas; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Teddy’s life was an extraordinary testament to love, resilience, and strength. As a breast cancer survivor, she faced life’s challenges with courage and grace, inspiring all who knew her. Her physical presence may no longer grace our lives, but her beautiful spirit will forever resonate in the hearts of those who were touched by her love and kindness. May we find peace in knowing that she has joined her daughter, father, husband, and many others in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Genesis Cancer and Blood Institute in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

A celebration of Teddy’s life will be held at a later date where family and friends will come together to honor her memory and share stories of her extraordinary life. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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