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Evelyn Ann Waxler

Evelyn Ann Waxler, age 49, of Mena, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at home surrounded by family. She was born on Tuesday, May 20, 1969 to Elzie Ray and Margaret Ann Roach Waxler in Marshall, Texas.

Evelyn loved her family with all her heart. She liked to go shopping, play softball and take her boys fishing. Evelyn's specialty was cooking fried potatoes, pinto beans, and sweet cornbread to the delight of her family. However, her favorite food to eat was tacos and a Dr. Pepper to drink. She was a big Dallas Cowboys fan and she enjoyed the thrill of the casino on occasion. Evelyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her biological mother, Margaret Roach; grandparents, Mitchell T. and Velma Waxler; one son, James Larry Smith; and one sister, Wendy Waxler.

Evelyn is survived by her loving husband, James Larry Smith of Mena; six sons, James Smith III of Mena, James Smith IV of Mena, Justin Johnson of Marshall, Texas, J.J. Craver of Harleton, Texas, Jesse Craver of Harleton, Texas and Damian Guffey of Marshall, Texas, five daughters, Jaquita Smith of Mena, Justina Smith of Mena, Ashley Smith of Mena, Cheyenne Smith of Cove, and Chelsey Lay of Altus, Oklahoma; two brothers, Thomas Waxler of Harlton, Texas, and Thomas Dale Amburn of Longview, Texas; six grandchildren, Aiden Perry of Altus, Oklahoma, Kayden Perry of Altus, Oklahoma, Kayanna Beecham of Cove, Caleb Perry of Altus, Oklahoma, Brayligh Young of Pittsburg, Texas, and Trey Barnes of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Panther Creek Church in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Cody McDaniel officiating. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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