Reba J. Stevens, 75, of Crossett, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2021, at the Ashley County Medical Center.
She was born on January 24, 1946, to the late Arnold and Doris Norrell Jenkins.
Reba was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a faithful member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church. She was a 1964 graduated of Hamburg High School and earned an Associate Degree in Business at the Droanes Business School in 1965.
Reba enjoyed working in her flower gardens, crocheting beautiful afghans, browsing garage sales, and spending time with her best friend, and fur-baby, “Bo”.
For twenty-five years, Reba worked at the Ashley County Medical Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse and Social Service Worker. Countless days and nights she witnessed the pain of her patients as they cried out; she wiped their tears and even held their hands while they took their last breath. To her patients, she was more than a nurse, she was a voice for everyone that did not have one. She was a great listener, counselor, advocate, and devoted friend.
Reba was fiery and outspoken but caring, and generous. She was excitement, joy, hope, and lots of sparkle. She was often affectionately referred to as “one of the Jenkins girls” a title she wore proudly. She was also a loving mom, sister, and aunt, but most importantly, her grandchildren’s biggest fan.
Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of thirty-three years, James “Lamar” Stevens.
She leaves behind two sons, Shane Austin (Disha) of Crossett and Toby Austin (Brooke) of Hamburg; five sisters, Linda Dasch (Jack), Norma Chance, and Judy McCay (Scotty) all of Crossett, Sharon McMahan (Gary) of Bella Vista, and Ginger Stewart (Darrell) also of Crossett; five grandchildren, Conner Austin (Paul), Abbey Grace Austin (Jacob Booker), Tori Simmons, and Moya and Aren Ellis; one great-grandson, Sebastian Ellis; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and many friends.
A private family service will be held at the Hamburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Toby Austin, officiating, followed by interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Scotty McCay, Gary McMahan, Darrell Stewart, Jim Stahley, Alex Stahley, Johnny Burchfield, Jon Grannon, and Jason and Andy McMahan.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 4, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.