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Katherine "Katye" Louise Wyatt

9/9/1917 -5/22/2015


Katherine Louise “Katye” Wyatt, a resident of Holiday Island, Arkansas, was born September 09, 1917 in Winnsboro, Louisiana, a daughter of Vinko and Francis Polancic. She departed this life Friday, May 22, 2015 in Holiday Island, at the age of 97 years.

Katye was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Shrine Ladies.

She is survived by daughter, Mary K. and husband Billy J. Hughes of Berryville, AR; son, James Marvin Taylor and wife Jeanett of Fort Worth, TX; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and loved ones.

On February 27, 1938, Katye was united in marriage with Travis Daniel Wyatt who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her parents, five brothers, one sister, and two step-sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 29, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Berryville with Pastor Kenny Lee officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at








Louise Marie "Sweet Louise" Simmons

10/23/1937 -5/21/2015


Louise Marie Simmons of Osage Arkansas passed away Thursday May 21, 2015 at the age of 77, born September 23, 1937 in Denver, Colorado to William (Bill) and Francis (Pickens) Bobbitt.

She was a member of the Berryville Seventh-Day Adventist church.

On June 29, 1975 she was united in marriage with Paul Nelson Simmons who survives her of the home. She is also survived by son, Curtis Hardin of Brooklyn, New York; daughter, Candace Haddock of Malabar, Florida; sister, Shirley Wencel of Mesa, Arizona; step son, Glenn Simmons of Mount Juliet Tennessee; and one aunt, Lois Bobbitt of Apache Junction, Arizona; four grandchildren and many, many friends.

Louise was a life-long hands-on philanthropist who never said no to an opportunity to help someone in need. Her children’s earliest memories include many people in a parade of whom she took into their home—some just once; others many times—to offer a home-cooked meal or even a warm bath. Her work for the “less fortunate” was institutional as well as personal. She was a founder of at least two operations that gave food, clothing, and household items to those in need. It was at the Denver Community Center where she met Paul, who volunteered there to keep the electric and plumbing operable. They were united in marriage on June 29, 1975 in Arvada, Colorado. In 1977 they moved to Battle Creek Michigan where Paul worked for the Department of Defense, Louise managed a health food store and three teenagers. When Paul retired in 1986, they moved to Arkansas to care for Louise’s aging parents who had moved there in the 1970s. Upon their move to Arkansas, Louise immediately set up a community center near Osage, which eventually was relocated to its current location behind the Berryville Seventh-Day Adventist church where it thrives today.

Louise is greatly missed by her husband and family.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Berryville Seventh Day Adventist Church. Service arrangements were made with Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be sent to the Furniture Bank, P.O. Box 106, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at









Annella Lowell Baker

3/10/1923 -5/19/2015


The Memorial Service for Annella Lowell Baker, 92, Enid, will be 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 in the Central Christian Church with Rev. Don Johnson officiating under direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. After cremation, the cremains will be taken to Colorado and buried next to her husband of 54 years in the San Juan Mountains. She was born March 10, 1923 in Shawnee, Okla to Warren Alva and Oma Pearl Scar Lowell and died May 19, 2015 in Enid. She grew up in Muskogee and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1941. She then attended Phillips University. On March 14, 1944 she married Vernon R. Baker in Muskogee. In 1972, the Bakers moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and established a tourist attraction" The Castle and Museum at Inspiration Point. After twenty years in the tourist business, they sold their business at auction and returned to Enid. Her husband preceded her in death on Feb.1, 1998. She was a longtime member of Central Christian Church, a Deacon and charter member of the Sooner Sunday School class. The Bakers were part of a nine member team who went on a two month church sponsored lay mission trip to Venezuela. She was a member of the Junior Welfare League, Enid Lioness Club, Gamma Study Club, Enid Fine Arts Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Mary's Volunteers and an active member of Phillips University organizations. The Bakers sponsored two students to Phillips University from the British Isles. Dr. and Mrs. Baker and Dr. and Mrs. Cecil Williams organized and began Phillips University Science Camp near Monte Vista, Colorado in 1950. Annella was a homemaker and proud of her family of four sons and their spouses: Vernon, Jr. and Patti of Siloam Springs, Lowell and Holly of Tulsa, James and Carolyn of Aurora, Colorado, Walter and Barbara of Enid, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and a brother and his wife, Dr. James R. Lowell and Laura Belle of Dallas, Texas. The family appreciates the effort of Annella's caretaker, Catherine Fair. The family requests no food or flowers. Memorials in her memory may be made to Central Christian Church or donor's choice. Condolences may be made online at Brown-Cummings .com or











Clara Mae Haise

5/5/1938 -5/18/2015


Clara Mae Haise, of Berryville, Arkansas, she passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 in Hollister, Missouri, at the age of 77. She was born May 5, 1938 to Wesley and Thelma (Underwood) Johnson.

She was of the Baptist Faith and she enjoyed knitting, singing, cooking, and visiting with family and friends.

On May 2, 2000 she was united in marriage with Roger Haise who survives her of the home. She is also survived by five children, Donna Wyman of Green Forest, AR; Steve Bramen of Maynard MA; Charlie Bramen of Berryville, AR; Lisa Ruff of Shawnee, OK; and Ed Haise of Green Forest, AR; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and six siblings; several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

She is preceded by her parents, Wesley and Thelma Johnson and one brother, Wetsel Hanes.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM, Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel with Brother Frank Bernard officiating. The committal will immediately follow service at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel. A private family interment will be at the Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be sent Nelson Funeral Service, POB 311, Berryville, AR 72616 to assist with the funeral expenses. Online condolences may be sent to the family at










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