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Obituary for Kathy Free

Kathryn Ann Free

WALDRON, Ark. – Kathryn Ann Free, 68, of Waldron, Arkansas was born Aug. 10, 1952 in Heavener to Tommy Joe and Bonnie (Harrell) Robinson and passed away Nov. 16, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at the Southside Baptist Church in Waldron, Arkansas with Bro. George McGraw and Bro. Joe Haydon Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Weeks Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

She was a life-long resident of the area and a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Waldron. Kathy worked in the office for 52 years at the LeFlore County Livestock Auction. She also worked in the office at the Waldron Livestock Auction and the Fort Smith Stockyards. Kathy had a love for Jesus Christ and had a great gift of playing the piano. Her smile and her laugh were infectious. She loved her family and enjoyed having everyone around her kitchen table. Kathy will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Surviving family members are her husband of 48 years, Larry Free, of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law Caleb Free and wife Amy, Josh Free and wife Dusty, and Daniel Free and wife Krista, all of Bates, Arkansas; eight grandchildren Kylee Free, Kinlee Free, Colton Free, Ashlynn Free, Kason Free, Dylan Free, Jacob Free and Kymber Free, all of Bates, Arkansas; two cousins JoAnn Rice and husband Terry of Bates, Arkansas, and Susan Crane and husband Rock of Wister; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and her father and mother-in-law, William “Bill” and Darlene Free.

Pallbearers are Jeremy Rice, Paul Rice, Johnny Paul Free, Scotty Free, Jared Dewitt, Rocky Allen Crane and Adam Emmerson.

Honorary pallbearers are Pat Edwards, Donnie Shadwick, Danny Shadwick and Michael Emmerson

Viewing is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family visiting with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gideon’s International, or the Weeks Cemetery Association: C/O Patricia Martin, 5288 Cane Creek Road, Waldron, Arkansas, 72958.

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