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Rowena Barr

Rowena Barr, age 72, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Arkansas Hospice Center in Hot Springs. She was born on Thursday, January 9, 1947 to Allen Gaston and Nancy Mary Jane Glass Parten in Nanafalia, Alabama.

Rowena was a Christian woman who always trusted in the Lord. She was a courageous and determined person that never faced an obstacle she would not overcome. Her family was always her number one priority and she loved them all unconditionally. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mena and taught Sunday school there and at previous churches for most of the past 45 years. Rowena was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, but her favorite role was Gammy to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and scores of other children. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Rowena is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James Parten, Allen Parten, Jr., and Earl Parten and one sister, Betty Story.

Rowena is survived by her husband of 54 years, Howard Barr of Mena; two sons, David Barr and special friend, Patti Tice of Centralia, Washington and Michael and Jessie Barr of Mena; her daughter, Shannon McCormick and special friends, Daniel Ashcraft of Vandervoort; her brother and sister in law, Ronald and Barbara Parten of Selma, Alabama; her sister and brother in law, Arline and Jamie Walker of Mena; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Calvary Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Andy Arnold and Brother Vic Anglin officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Kiersey, Dylan Ashcraft, Zane Barr, Seth Barr, Lannie Kiersey and Joel Ashcraft.

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Gideon's International.

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