Nancy Ruth Mitchum, 72, of Alma died Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Van Buren. She was born May 4, 1944, in Kansas City, Mo., and a retired switchboard operator for Westark Community College in Fort Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; three daughters, Shelley Reeves of Fort Smith, Sherri Pitts of Mountainburg and Paula Carpenter of Oklahoma City; three sons, Stephen and Brian Cartwright, both of Oregon, and Terry Mitchum of Oklahoma City; numerous grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Chastain Cemetery in Mulberry.