Audrey Irene Kuykendall
23 July, 1925 – 1 May, 2021
Audrey Irene Kuykendall, 95, of Fort Smith passed away, Saturday, May 1, 2021 in her home under the care of hospice and surrounded by her family. She was born July 23, 1925 in the Oak Bend Community in Franklin County, AR to the late Ora and Frank Staton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ervin Kuykendall in 1987, her son-in-law, Grady Stone and six brothers and sisters, Grady Staton, Doyle Staton, Kenneth Staton, Pauline Law, Eula Mae King and Ouida Severson.
For many years she was involved in various activities including NARFE, Helping Hands, Reading Literacy, Poll Worker, WMU, Jolly Travelers and retired as Postmaster of the Post Office in Branch, AR. Audrey was a faithful member of Branch Baptist Church and then Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith and she taught a Sunday School class until she was 90 years old.
She is survived by two daughters, Judith Stone of Fort Smith, Diana King and her husband Michael of Fayetteville; her sister, Rita Gray and her husband Tom of Fort Smith; two sister-in-laws, Ruth Staton Morrison of Van Buren, Myrtle Kuykendall of Branch and many nieces and nephews.
She was a loving “Mamaw” to her grandchildren, Stephanie and Gary Jardine, Kirk and Tina Harris, Andrea Howard, and Alana and Aaron Bell; great grandchildren, Kayla and Gordon Tharp, Ashley, Jessica and Amanda Barr, Tiffany and Taylor Harris, Dylan Howard, Beckham and Brooks Bell, Kaylee and Josh Riddell, and Maranda Jardine; great great grandchildren, Jaxson and Jameson Riddell.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Monday, May 3, 2021 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Hampton Cemetery, north of Branch under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, AR.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Ministry at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72904.
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11 May 2021
Mrs. Audrey was the sweetest and best client I have ever had. It was my honor to serve her for a short time. Judith and Diana I'm so sorry for your loss. Had I known earlier I would have come to her funeral. What a precious and beautiful woman she was. If you need anything let me know. My number is 4792621903. My sincere condolences, Teena
3 May 2021
Audrey Kuykendall is a wonderful lady. I say "is" because she is more alive today than she has ever been. I met Audrey when I was a child. She taught a Vacation Bible School Class and impressed me very much . We made a hand stitched, hand tooled billfold from Tandy Leather Company. Audrey could do just about anything. Her quiet, calm, confident demeanor was her trademark. Having known "Mrs. Kuykendall" was one thing that led me to come to know Jesus personally when I was nine years old. She is a true "sweetheart." Robert Berry
1 May 2021
I had the privilege of serving as Audrey’s pastor from 1976 to 1979. In that time I got to know Ervin and Audrey very well. Two of the finest people one could ever hope to know.Such a godly lady. Heaven is a sweeter place With her as a resident. Diana and Judith I will be lifting you up in prayer.