Carol Rae Rands, 73, of Van Buren died Sept. 3, 2015, in Fort Smith. She was born Oct. 21, 1941, in Hartman and a homemaker. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and participated in the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Chaffee, which moved to Fort Polk. She was the widow of Joseph Rands.

She is survived by a son, Marc Rands of Cary, Ill.; a sister, Janice Killian of Fort Smith; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sept. 8 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202; or the Alzheimer’s Association for Western Arkansas, 2408 S. 51st Court, Fort Smith, AR 72903.