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4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR | 72901
700 Jefferson St.
Van Buren, AR | 72956
Lois Burgess

Lois Louise Burgess (Williams)

Wednesday, February 20th, 1929 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Lois (Williams) Burgess, 91 of Fort Smith passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in a local nursing home. She was a registered nurse at Sparks Hospital then Holt Krock Clinic in Fort Smith; a graduate of Sparks Nursing School in Fort Smith. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith and a member of Crusaders Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Burgess; both parents, John Wesley and Cleo (Short) Williams; her daughter, JoDawna Burgess; five brothers.

Graveside service will be at Gracelawn Cemetery Arbor under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home Van Buren.

She is survived by three sons, Stephen Joe Burgess and Mark Burgess and wife, Jan all of Fort Smith, Mike Burgess and wife, Cindy of Edmond, Oklahoma; one sister, Kathryn Graham of Rogers; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Preston Burgess, Taylor Burgess, Weston Burgess, Donovan Burgess, Jonathan Robinson and Jonah Robinson.

Since there will be no formal visitation due to the current public health concerns, the family asks that you please sign Lois’ Online tributes at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, March 28th, 2020 |
    Saturday, March 28th, 2020
    Graveside - Gracelawn Cemetery
  • Interment

    Gracelawn Cemetery
    3003 Oak Lane
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Michael Burks

Posted at 12:40am
I’m so very sorry to learn of Lois’ passing. I have a wealth of treasured memories, throughout the summers of my youth always spent with Kathryn and Ted, of both our visits to the Burgess House and weekend trips that Lois, Joe, and JoDawna would make to Springdale, as well as many large Williams Family Reunions in Northwest Arkansas. I’ve also truly appreciated the efforts that Lois and Kathryn each made over the last several years to remain in close, even daily contact, and know my Grandmother already misses her greatly. Jodi and I will keep you in our prayers, and hope that our families can find an opportunity in the not-too-distant future to gather and share some of those special memories.

Walter & Renee Rockwell

Posted at 07:49pm
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Ann Burgess

Posted at 12:45pm
Bob and I were saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. She was always fun to be around and we put a lot of miles in walking when we were neighbors in Hardscrabble Way. Steve, Mark, and Mike, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Bob and Ann Burgess

Chasen Garrett

Posted at 09:26am
Steve and family, Ana and I are very sorry for the loss of your mother. The prayers of our family are with you and your family. Peace in your loss. Chasen and Ana.

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