Saundra “Kaye” Birkhead passed away on Oct. 11, 2017.

She was born to Oza Butler Albert and Jack Albert on Jan. 3, 1939 in White County. She earned a degree from then Arkansas State Teachers College, now UCA, and began teaching on an emergency teaching license in 1957. She married Bruce Birkhead in 1962 and together they raised two children, Zena Marshall and Todd Birkhead, in Fort Smith.

She was a charter member of the Carnall Elementary School teaching staff and after a brief time away from education, taught at Orr Elementary School until her retirement in 2000. Rather than “retire” however she went to work for the Fort Smith Adult Education Center where she became the Chief GED Examiner. In addition to her teaching career, she volunteered at the Fort Smith Little Theatre.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father and son Brett, and sister-in-law Barbara Arndt.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce, her brother Jack Albert; son, Todd Birkhead; daughter, Zena Marshall; her grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at Mt. Salem Cemetery in Logan County at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at First Christian Church (DOC), 3501 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made for books for children who attend the Fort Smith Adult Education Childcare Center or First Christian Church, Fort Smith.

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