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Ella Dean (Garner) Shoemate

May 20, 1927 ~ September 24, 2017 (age 90)

Ella Dean Shoemate, 90, of Salem, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Southfork River Therapy and Living Center in Salem, Arkansas.

She was born in Calico Rock, Arkansas on May 20, 1927, daughter of the late Eva Elizabeth (Hively) and Eldon Oran Garner. Ella spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and friend. She was united in marriage to Elmer Onies Shoemate on October 19, 1946 in Salem, Arkansas and to this union one son was born, William Oran “Billy” Shoemate. She was a member of the Salem Church of Christ in Salem.

Ella is survived by her brother, Jim Garner and wife Carolyn of Carlsbad, New Mexico; sister in law, Lonita Garner of Roswell, New Mexico; aunt, Vivine Garner of Carlsbad, New Mexico; nephews, Mike Garner, Kenneth Garner, James Garner, Guy Shoemate and Melvin Shoemate; nieces, Catherine Hawkins and Melba Jo Joice; great nephews, Bryan Garner, Michael Garner, Matthew Garner, Dakota Shoemate; great nieces, Johanna Shoemate, Kathryn Fortner and Tabitha Willett and special children, Houston Clements and family, Greta Clements and Family, Eddie Clements and Family and Dianne Clements and Family.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Onies Shoemate; son, William Oran “Billy” Shoemate; parents, Eva and Eldon Garner and brother, Wandel O. Garner.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 29, 2017 beginning at 2:00 PM with Bro. Mike Yates officiating at Doty Family Funeral Service Chapel in Salem, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Calico Rock, Arkansas. Visitation will be Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Doty Family Funeral Service Chapel in Salem, Arkansas.

Pallbearers include: Kenneth Garner, James Garner, Mike Garner, Melvin Shoemate, Dakota Shoemate and Guy Shoemate

Honorary Pallbearers include: Dean Joice, Melba Joice, Kathryn Fortner, Dominque Fortner, Johanna Shoemate, Andy Campbell, Catherine Campbell, Haley Campbell, Michael Garner, Matthew Garner, Morgan Garner, Maysen Garner, Jessica Shoemate, Riley Shoemate, Chloe Shoemate and Kenzie Shoemate.

Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.

 Service Information

September 28, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doty Family Funeral Service
140 North Pickren Street | P.O. Box 395
Salem, AR 72576

Funeral Service
September 29, 2017

2:00 PM
Doty Family Funeral Service
140 North Pickren Street | P.O. Box 395
Salem, AR 72576

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