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Willa Mae Howard

Howard-pic-featureWilla Mae Howard age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Paris, Texas.

Willa was born March 17, 1935 to the late Hugh Ryals and Era Fryar Ryals in Cherry Hill, Arkansas. Willa was married to Virgil Howard for sixty-two years and was a homemaker and raised chickens. Willa enjoyed sewing, canning, and flowers. She loved to read, shop and travel with family and friends.  Most of all she loved and enjoyed her family. She was a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. Willa will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by, husband, Virgil Howard; sons, Henry Howard and wife Carolyn of San Angelo, Texas, Randy Howard and wife Cheryl of Hugo, Oklahoma; daughter, Lanelle Brand and husband Stephen of Greenville, Texas;

grandchildren, Jennifer, Amy, Jonathon, Melissa, Chris, Michael and Melanie;

sixteen great-grandchildren; brothers, Leon Ryals and wife Mary of Mena, Arkansas, and Clayton Ryals and wife Nona of Lockesburg, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by, her parents; a sister, Civilene Ford, and a brother, Gene Ryals.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill Methodist Church in Cherry Hill with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation is General.

Pallbearers will be, Michael Brand, Chris Howard, Jonathon Howard, Tim Gregg, Russell Ryals and John Ryals.

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