Sylvia R. Owens, 94, of Fort Smith passed away Monday, May 29, 2017.

She was born April 1, 1923 in Russellville to the late Mark and Mary Foley Ruffatt. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Doane Ruffatt; three sisters Louise Collins, Lucille Basore and Alice Young. She was of the Baptist church. She was also a retired employee of St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving daughter Jeanette Spears Taylor of Fort Smith; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Oakwood cemetery at Paris with Bro. Ken Barnard, Jr. officiating. Services are under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.

Visitation will be Thursday June 1, 2017 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Dwight Taylor, Terry Madden, Shane Doss, Wayne Young and John Farrar.

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