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Vira Annette Ellison

Vira Annette Ellison, age 83, passed away July 9, 2022, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born March 12, 1939, to the late Lewis and Ruth LaForge. She married Wayne Ellison May 16, 1957. Annette spent most of her adult life on a farm near Board Camp, Arkansas. Annette was known for her quick wit and friendliness. She was compassionate and an excellent cook. She worked on the family farm raising chickens and cattle and taking good care of her family. After her children were grown, she put herself through nursing school and became a licensed vocational nurse. She cared for the elderly in our community for many years. She enjoyed camping and fishing with Wayne and their friends. Annette loved her entire family unconditionally which might be her greatest legacy. She accepted Jesus Christ as her savior early in life and attended Salem Baptist Church. She will be dearly missed by all. 

Annette is survived by her son, Brandon Ellison and wife, Linda Ellison, daughter in law Malea Ellison, brothers, Billy and Rodney LaForge, sisters Virginia LaForge, Willie Nell Brown, and Gussie LaForge. Grandchildren, Casey Cox and husband Chandler, Levi Ellison and wife Jessica, Caleb Ellison and wife Sidney, and Andrew Ellison and his wife Stephanie, great grandchildren, Kili Cox, Behrett Cox, Beau Cox, Daniel Ellison, and unborn Lainey Ellison. 

She is preceded in death by, her husband, Wayne Ellison, Parents Lewis and Ruth LaForge, Sons, Michael and Steve Ellison, Brothers, Johnny, Paul, Larry, and Jimmy LaForge, and sisters, Fern LaForge and Charlotte Harjo.

Pallbearers will be, Andrew Ellison, Chandler Cox, Mitch Titsworth, Jimmy Titsworth, Bobby Jones, and Tommy Floyd. In Lieu of flowers, gifts to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s home are encouraged. 

Graveside services will be held at 9:00 am Tuesday July 12, 2022, at Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas with Levi Ellison and Caleb Ellison officiating.  Visitation is Monday, July 11, 2022, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena. 

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