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Wilma Dean Brown

March 11, 1928 — June 16, 2020

Wilma Dean Brown, 92, of Viola, Arkansas, formerly of Moody, Missouri, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Viola, Arkansas. Dean was born on March 11, 1928 to Loyd Rennie Batterton and Beulah Arenda (Emery) Batterton in Viola, Arkansas.

Dean was united in marriage to Mylo John Brown on May 31, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas. Dean spent her working years in customer service for Bell Telephone Company. Dean showed Fox Trotters and was a member of the Missouri Fox Trot Association and the Viola Church of Christ. Dean loved her family, her church family, life, fishing, camping at Cloud Nine, and traveling. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and friend.

Dean is survived by her four brothers, Jack Batterton of Viola, Arkansas, Jewell Batterton and wife Barbara of Viola, Arkansas, Jim Batterton of Viola, Arkansas, and Terry “Hoppy” Batterton of Viola, Arkansas; three sisters, Janette Schlie and husband Gary of Independence, Missouri, Sue Billings of Viola, Arkansas, and Pam Burns and husband Larry of Viola, Arkansas; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother (Smokey Batterton), sister (Wanda Guffey), nephew (Joe Batterton), two sisters-in-law (Peggy Batterton and Sharon Batterton), and two brothers-in-law (Howard Billings and Bob Halphin).

Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 19, 2020 at Flora Cemetery in Viola, Arkansas with Bro. Alan Talburt officiating. Dean will lie in state from 11:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Terry Batterton, Kelly Batterton, Mike Batterton, Scott Batterton, Danny Guffey, and Shawn Batterton. Honorary pallbearers are all the nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Arkansas. 


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Lie In State

Thursday, June 18, 2020

11:00am - 4:30 pm (Central time)

Barker Funeral Home - Salem

857 Highway 62 West, Salem, AR 72576

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Graveside Service

Friday, June 19, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Flora Cemetery

, Viola, AR 72583

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