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

Earnestine Louise Schoen (Reynolds)

Saturday, April 11th, 1942 - Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
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The world lost a woman with a beautiful smile, Earnestine Schoen, September 4, 2019, but the heavens gained this smile, along with her husband Harry who has been waiting for her.

Earnestine was born in Dell, Arkansas on April 11, 1942. She grew up in various small towns in Arkansas and Missouri and ended up in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she met Harry, her high school sweetheart. She graduated from Fort Smith High School in 1961 and married Harry on November 22, 1962. Earnestine and Harry were blessed with one daughter, Angela. Earnestine was always kind of a fitness nut. She loved to walk. She walked around the river trails and hiked in many parks including Hot Springs National Park and Mount Magazine. She really loved to walk at Central Mall and the walking trail around the retirement community where she lived after Harry passed away. In the 1960s, she also did aerobics at Westark Community College and often filled in for the instructor. Earnestine had many groups of friends that would gather for luncheons. She was active in the Christian Women’s Club for many years. Earnestine liked to call herself a household engineer, she took care of everything. She loved birds and her flower gardens at their home in Barling. She enjoyed traveling with Harry all over the world usually in connection with his training missions in the military. She and Harry also went camping although she always preferred a hotel. She loved Branson and always made sure to procure season tickets to Silver Dollar City each year. She also loved the Gulf Coast, traveling there with Harry for military training and later after his retirement they continued to go there. She and Harry were involved with the VW Club and the Old Guard 188th Wing. Earnestine was a Christian and at the time of her death had been a member of East Side Baptist Church for many years.

Earnestine is survived by her daughter Angela Sowell and her husband Mark, her grandchildren Jack Sowell and Amanda Sowell and her husband Chandler Bair. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Schoen and her brother Harold Reynolds.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 at East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Fort Smith U.S. National Cemetery at 12:00 pm. Family will visit friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home in Fort Smith and immediately prior to the funeral service at East Side Baptist Church.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ocker Putman Funeral Home
    4500 Jenny Lind
    FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Family will visit with friends from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. Sunday at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home 4500 Jenny Lind Road Fort Smith, AR.
  • Service

    Monday, September 9th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, September 9th, 2019 10:30am
    Eastside Baptist Church
    2710 S. Massard Road
    FORT SMITH, AR 72903
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Rick Gering
  • Interment

    U.S. National Cemetery
    6th and Garland
    FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901
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Agnes Russell

Posted at 08:32am
Will miss you Sweet Ernestine! Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

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