Martha Howard, 88, of Van Buren died Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at a local hospital. She was a machine operator at Gerber in Fort Smith, member of Catcher Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren and widow of Fred Howard.

Graveside service was Sept. 4 at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

She is survived by a son, Jim Howard of Van Buren; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.