Sylvia R. Owens, 94, of Fort Smith died Monday May 29, 2017. She was born April 1, 1923 in Russellville, AR to Mark and Mary Foley Ruffatt. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Doane Ruffatt; three sisters Louise Collins, Lucille Basore and Alice Young. She was of the Baptist Faith. She was also a retired employee of St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.


She is survived by daughter Jeanette Spears Taylor; two grandchildren Jennifer Madden and Lori Doss; three great grandchildren; numerous other nieces, nephews and other family.


Graveside service was 2:00 PM Friday June 2, 2017 at Oakwood cemetery at Paris with Bro. Ken Barnard, Jr. officiating. Services are under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR.


Visitation was Thursday June 1, 2017 6PM until 8PM at the funeral home.


Pallbearers were Dwight Taylor, Terry Madden, Shane Doss, Wayne Young and John Farrar.