Mary Lou Tankersley, 87, of Van Buren passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at a Clarksville nursing home. She was a retired registered nurse and the former hospital director of nursing for Baptist Medical System. She attended the City Heights United Methodist Church in Van Buren and was the widow of Tom Tankersley. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Tankersley of Cabot, Ark.; her parents, Glen Dixon and Ethel (Smith) Dixon; and two brothers, Jack and Hugh Dixon.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Kauffeld of Clarksville; a son, Rawn Tankersley and his wife Annette of Branson, Mo.; a granddaughter, Jessica Tankersley of Branson; three grandsons, Taylor Tankersley of Branson, Issac Kauffeld of Clarksville and Cole Kauffeld of Fayetteville; a sister, Ann Behnke of Bella Vista; two nieces, Erin Behnke of Bella Vista and Ean Colley and her husband Scott of Germantown, Tenn.; a great nephew, Chris Dixon and his wife Kristen of Mississippi; two great nieces, Caroline Behnke of Bella Vista and Madison Colley of Germantown, Tennessee; a great nephew, Matthew Colley, also of Germantown; and a great-great nephew Ethne Dixon of Mississippi.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with the Rev. Randall Miller officiating. Burial will be at Dutch Mills Cemetery in Washington County under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.