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Jania Oates

September 18, 1927 — August 7, 2016

Jania Marion Oates began her heavenly celebration on August 7, 2016. She was the oldest child born to Jack and Eva Mott Harrison in Zavalla, Texas on September 18, 1927. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Junior and the love of her life, Franklin Thomas Oates. Jania finished Zavalla High School at age 15 and college at age 18. While pursuing her degree as a Registered Nurse at City County Hospital in Fort Worth she fell in love with a resident, who would become her husband in 1947. They remained in Texas until their move to Northeast Arkansas in 1950. Jania practiced nursing until retiring at age 67. First she worked with her husband, then she fulfilled her lifelong passion as a school nurse for over 30 years. Until the very end of her life, little children made her the happiest. Besides being an extraordinary wife and mother, she was also a grandmother, great grandmother, loyal friend, southern lady and faithful servant of Jesus Christ. She was an active member of The Lepanto First Baptist Church for 65 years. She was a fount of wisdom, laughter, and grace - you never seen her without her ruby red lipstick. The world has lost a kind and gentle soul and an amazing encourager. No sacrifice was ever too great for her.
Jania is survived by three loving daughters: Melissa Ennis (Rex) of Conway, Melinda Hannah of Lepanto and Sandy Scidmore (Noel) of Springdale, five grandchildren: Misty Mashburn (James) of Orlando, Florida, Tanya Mims (Seth) of Springdale, Tri Herndon of Lepanto, Amanda Mhoon (Blue) of Fayetteville and Frank Hannah (Katie) of Fayetteville, siblings: Bobby Harrison of Nacogdoches, Texas, Shirley McClelland of San Antonio, Texas and Mary Frances Mixon (Neil) of Marion, Texas and special friend: Devita Stone.
A celebration of Jania's life will be held at The First Baptist Church in Lepanto on August 13, 2016 visitation at 10:00am and funeral service at 11:00am.
Memorials may be made to Dementia/ Alzheimer Foundation, First Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.
Murphy Funeral Home in Lepanto in charge of arrangements.


Cemetery Details

Potter Memorial Cemetery

Lepanto, AR, 72354

Visitation

AUG 13. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

First Baptist Church

Lepanto, AR, US

Service

AUG 13. 11:00 AM

First Baptist Church

Lepanto, AR, US


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