Washington County Obituaries

Posted: November 29, 2009 at 4:40 a.m.

Edward “Eddie” Fields

SPRINGDALE — Edward “Eddie” Fields, 66, of Springdale died Nov 22, 2009, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He was born on Sep 10, 1943, in Fayettevilleto Gene and Imogene Fields.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, Greece, and the Philippines. Upon returning, he went on a blind date and fell in love with Sherry Brown. They were married on Sep 4, 1966, and were married 43 years.

Eddie was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous with 19 years of sobriety and served on the Fellowship Club’s board of directors. Eddie worked for Chemstation of Springdale.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry of Springdale; a son, Eric of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an uncle, Orville Fields of Valley Springs, Calif. He has numerous cousins and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Springdale on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev Judy Van Hoose officiating. Immediately follow the service, friends and family are invited for a potluck lunch. The family request attendees to dress casually for the service and potluck.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Eddie Fields AA Memorial Literature Fund at the First Security Bank of Springdale, 2863 West Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762.

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Donald Harington

FAYETTEVILLE — A memorial service for Donald Harington, 73, of Fayetteville, who died Nov. 7, 2009, will be held at 10 a.m., Monday at Giffels Auditorium at the University of Arkansa. Gifts in memory of Donald Harington can be made to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries or Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, AR 72762.

Ann Marie Giese

FAYETTEVILLE — Mrs. Ann Marie Giese of Fayetteville passed away Nov. 24, 2009. Mrs. Giese was born on March 4, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She graduated high school in Pittsburgh and attended art school there for two years before joining the U.S. Navy in 1943. She completed WAVE training at Great Lakes Naval Base near Chicago and then served in the Pacific Theater in the Navy Hospital Corps. She earned an honorable discharge as pharmacists mate 3rd class.

After the war, Ann Marie worked as a legal assistant in Los Angeles and was married to William G. Giese in 1954. The couple traveled to and lived at many different locations in Canada, the United States and Guam, from 1954 to 1973 when they “retired” to Fayetteville.

Mrs. Giese was co-owner and operator of ABC FARM on Zion Road in Fayetteville along with her husband from 1973-2001.

Throughout her life, Ann Marie Giese was an active amateur artist in ceramics, pottery, watercolors and flower arranging. She was an excellent cook and active in the Washington County Extension women’s club and with her husband was active in the Washington Beekeeper’s Association of Northwest Arkansas and the American Chestnut Foundation.

Mrs. Giese was a lifelong practicing Catholic and held a Catechist’s Certificate for teaching in the Catholic School of Religion and attended services at St. Joseph’s in Fayettville and Tontitown.

In 2007, Mrs. Giese was included in a 2007 AETN television documentary by Ken Burns’ on the World War II and its veterans and she helped represent Arkansas at a ceremony for World War II veterans in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Giese is survived by her husband of the home, William G. Giese Sr.; daughters Billie Ann Giese of DeKalb, Ill., Dawn Marie Spence of Muskogee, Okla.; sons Dennis P. Bauer of Baton Rouge, La., James H. Giese of Madison, Wis., and William Gill Giese Jr. and Kelly Lynn Giese of Ararat, Va. Ann Marie is also survived by six grandchildren.

Ann Marie was buried in Fayetteville National Cemetery.

To sign the online guest book go to www.nelsonberna.com.

Arrangements are by Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.


Eleanor Jeanne Hovda

SPRINGDALE — Eleanor Jeanne Hovda, 69, was born March 27, 1940, in Duluth, Minn She passed away Nov. 12, 2009, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.

Eleanor Hovda, a composer and dancer, received her Bachelors of Arts in music at American University in Washington D.C. and her MFA in dance at Sarah Lawrence College.

Eleanor’s music has been performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad by such outstanding ensembles as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, KlangForum (Vienna), the Cassatt and Kronos Quartets, Zeitgeist, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Boston Music Viva, The California Ear Unit and the St. Louis Symphony.

Performance venues have included Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Alice Tully, Carnegie Hall Weill, Miller, Walter Reade and Merkin Concert Halls; The Kitchen, Bang on a Can Festival and the Alternative Museum (NYC) the Purcell Room (London), The American Academy (Rome), the American Center (Paris), the WDR (Cologne), Cerventino Festival (Mexico), New Music Forum (Mexico City), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo and Asahikawa (Japan); colleges and universities including Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Swarthmore; The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and New Music America.

Remote, a collaboration with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, toured nationally and made its NYC premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1997.

She held appointments as full professor/composer-in-residence on the music faculties of Princeton and Yale universities, and Bard College. Music and dance appointments include residencies at Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, the College of St. Scholastica and the American Dance Festival.

She is survived by Jeannine Wagar, brothers Vincent Hovda and Russell Hovda, and many close friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762. Memorial services will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Springdale, online at heritageofnwa.com.

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Gayle Kathleen Carlin

FAYETTEVILLE — Gayle Kathleen Carlin, 67, of Fayetteville, died Nov. 16, 2009, at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y., to John Francis and Gertrude Krieger Dougherty.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Scott Carlin of Florida; life companion, Debra Lopez of Fayetteville; two brothers and two sisters.

Cremation arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Springdale.

Lynn Carney Tankersley

FAYETTEVILLE — Lynn Carney Tankersley went to her Heavenly home on Nov. 22, 2009. She was born May 30, 1953, in Fayetteville, the daughter of Wilma Inez Thornsberry Carney and John Ramey Carney. She was preceded in death by her father on Feb. 8, 2002.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Mark Tankersley; her beloved son, Jeremy Kristian Tankersley, of Fayetteville, and daughter-in-law, Kina Tankersley; her mother, Wilma Carney of Fayetteville; one brother, Steve Carney of Huntsville; one sister, Cathy Scates of Fayetteville; one aunt, Pauline Eans, of Fayetteville; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She leaves behind many friends whom she considered family, those whose company she treasured and truly enjoyed.

Lynn was an award-winning published author. As a member of the Northwest Arkansas Writers’ Workshop, the Ozark Writers League of Branson, and the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., she won three Creme de la Creme awards for fiction, as well as the Dan Saults Award for fiction. She also judged numerous writing competitions.

She enjoyed photography, and won two Cliff Edom Awards for her nature photos.

Her short story “Death Becomes Able Brumley” won 5th place, Mainstream/Literary Story, in the Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Writing Competition in 2004. Her short story, “Pearl,” was published by Surreal Magazine in the Spring 2005 issue. She was also nominated for a Push Cart award in 2008 for the story “Shores Of Oblivion.”

Lynn loved sharing music and good times with musical friends. She previously served on the board of directors of Country Your Way, a talent showcase in Springdale, and was their photographer and album coordinator.

She never missed the monthly “Hootenanny” at the Robinson Community Center, and enjoyed attending dances several times a month.

Lynn requests that those who loved her remember these words by the poet, William Wordsworth:

“What though the radiance that was once so bright

Be now forever taken from my sight,

Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower

We will grieve not - rather find

Strength in what remains behind.”

Memorial services will be held at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Fayetteville at 10 a.m., Tuesday with Pastor Suzanne Stoner officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers: Larry Garrett, Ron Ruckman, John Armstrong, Donley Harrington, Paul Cate, Dusty Richards, Don Brotherton, Matt Fahy, Frank Collins, Mike Miller

To sign the online guest book please visit www.nelsonberna.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.