Velda Kathern Friel, 58, of Alma died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Eagle Lighthouse in Fort Smith. She was born June 30, 1956. in Gideon, Mo.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Yoestown Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Bethel Caldwell of Danville, Ky.; two sons, Jeffery Friel of Kingsberry, Ind., and Joseph Friel of Clever, Mo.; mother, Martha Sims of Mulberry; a sister, Martha Jones of Mulberry; three brothers, David Sims of Mammoth Springs, Ark., Jonathan Sims of West Plains, Mo., and Darrell Sims of Oklahoma; and five grandchildren.