Phillis Kaye Shewmaker, 57, of Springdale, died December 5, 2006.
Born Dec. 28, 1948, in Lafe, she attended schools in Lafe, Hoxie and Viola and graduated from Searcy High School in 1966. She received a BFA degree from Arkansas State University in 1971 and pursued degrees in geology and mathematics.
She had lived and worked in California, Texas, Colorado and Mississippi before moving to Springdale in 1998, where she worked as a database administrator. Her previous careers included research assistant, medical illustrator, photographer, geologic technician and software engineering.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Mosbey Shewmaker.
Survivors include her father, Phillip R. Shewmaker III; a sister, LaJuana Joan Shewmaker; and a brother, Phillip R. Shewmaker Jr.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., Dec. 28, at First United Methodist Church in Searcy.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Stem Cell Research Foundation, Development Department, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.
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Phillis Kaye Shewmaker began her eternal life with Jesus Christ on December 5, 2006 in Houston, TX. Kaye was born to Juanita Mosbey and Phillip R. Shewmaker Sr in Lafe, Arkansas on December 28, 1948. She is preceded in death by her mother and is survived by her father, sister LaJuana Joan Shewmaker, brother Phillip R. Shewmaker Jr and nephew Phillip R. Shewmaker III and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. In addition, she is survived by her wonderful “Fuzzes”: Dogs – Oliver, Hailey, and Hope; Cats – Jake, Jude, Indy, and Leopold and Parrot – Mica. Kaye graduated from Searcy, Arkansas in 1966. Prior to High School graduation she attended schools in Lafe, Bono, Hoxie, and Viola, Arkansas. Kaye received a BFA degree from Arkansas State University in 1971. She pursued degrees in Geology and Mathematics. Kaye has lived and worked in California, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi and Arkansas. Careers include research assistant, medical illustrator, photographer, geologic technician and software engineering. Since 1998, she has been a resident of Springdale, Arkansas and has been working for Tyson Foods Inc as a database administrator. A memorial service celebrating Kaye’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at First United Methodist Church, 304 North Main, Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 268-5896. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Kaye’s name, to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.leukemia-lymphoma.org or mail to Donor Services; P.O. Box 4072; Pittsfield, MA 01202) or Stem Cell Research Foundation (www.stemcellresearchfoundation.org or mail to Stem Cell Research Foundation; Development Department; 22512 Gateway Center Drive; Clarksburg, Mayland 20871).