Theda June O’Kelley, 84, of Rudy passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born Nov. 21, 1933, in Aubrey, Texas, to the late Ollie and Rose Jerden. She was a homemaker, a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she worked as a volunteer and a genealogist. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifton and Billie Jerden; and a grandson, Jason O’Kelley.
She is survived by her husband, John C. O’Kelley of the home; a daughter, Ferba O’Kelley of Fort Smith; four sons, Randy O’Kelley and wife Pam of Fort Smith, Bing O’Kelley and wife Shelley of Bixby, Okla., Lucky O’Kelley and wife Dani of Fort Smith and Wilson O’Kelley and wife Michelle of Rudy; two sisters, Georgia Bowlin of Catcher, Ark., and Pasty Goodson of Waveland, Ark.; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A family-hosted memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Van Buren. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
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