Karen Mae Smith

February 9, 1962June 3, 2019
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Karen Mae Smith, 57, of Alexander, passed away June 3, 2019. She was born on February 9, 1962 in Altheimer, Arkansas to Havis Adell and Ellen Lovell Lunsford. She is preceded in death by her father, Havis Adell Lunsford; and her brother, Michael Lunsford. She is survived by her mother, Ellen Lovell Lunsford; two daughters, Jessica Pryor, of Maumelle and Monica Eastham, of Benton; two sons, Todd Millwood, of Conway and Layne Smith, of Alexander; six siblings, Linda J. Davidson, of Star City, Nancy Lunsford, of White Hall, Allen Lunsford, of East End, Kathy Elliott, of Tillar, Mary Mallory, of Bryant, and Roger Lunsford, of Dumas; five grandchildren, Bella Eastham, Conner Millwood, Gavin Eastham, Lilly Eastham, and Phoebe Pryor; and many friends and extended family members that loved her dearly. Karen’s greatest treasures in life were spending time with her children, grandchildren and two cats. She was a Pharmacy Technician at UAMS for 17 years. She loved her job and thought of her co-workers as family. They had many laughs together.


  • Jessica Pryor, Daughter
  • Monica Eastham, Daughter
  • Todd Millwood, Son
  • Layne Smith, Son


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 7, 2019


Karen Mae Smith

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Karen Smith

June 7, 2019

So very sad for you all as you mourn the loss of Karen. She loved her children so much, and I know life will be very different without her presence. Praying for peace and comfort. We love you all so very much.

Rosemary Roark

June 7, 2019

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend most of my younger years in the Lunsford's home. Even though Kathy was my friend all of them became my family. I will always think of Karen as one of my little sisters. Rest in peace sweetie.

Kelly Horton

June 7, 2019

I had the good fortune to meet Karen working in the hospital at Dumas. I was so impressed with her as a pharmacy technician that I talked her into moving to Little Rock and worked with her at St Vincent's and at UAMS. She was a great co-worker, a good friend, and a wonderful person to know. I am so saddened by her passing and offer my sincere condolences to her family. She loved you all very much and spoke of you often at work. I will miss her greatly .

Sissy (Mary) Mallory

June 7, 2019

Hey Sissy ( that is how she always greeted me)

You may not be here, but I already see you in nature.

On Tuesday, the tiniest baby toad frog was on the pole of the umbrella when I opened it up on our deck. I didn’t know what it was at first and flicked it off thinking it was a leaf or something. It landed on the patio table and I saw that it was a baby frog. I turned to walk back inside. I had lots to do with people coming over the next day but I turned around and walked back where the frog was.....I had to do what Karen would do. After a couple of attempts I caught the tiny frog and took it and placed it in my yard.

On Wed, the neighbors dog was in our yard and snatched a baby dove that fell out of the tree in our yard and had it in its mouth. The owner got the bird out of Harley’s mouth and the bird is surviving so far hidden under a turned over birdbath in a safe corner of the outside of our house. Marty says there are definitely 2 adult doves taking care of it...feeding it and checking on it.

On Thursday, Marty called me over to the kitchen window to show me the prettiest bright red cardinal sitting on the deck rail staring right at our kitchen window.

I’m not sure what I will see today in nature. This is the day we say goodbye to you. I will see definitely see you in your children and grandchildren.

I love you Karen!!!

Tiffany Paddie

June 7, 2019

Words can’t even describe how much I will miss my Aunt Karen. She had such a great sense of humor, & loved her family more than anything. Sending prayers for the entire family.

Felicia Felicia

June 6, 2019

Karen words can't express how much I miss you. I look in IV Room every single day for your face but it's not there. I know the Lord has a bigger plans for you, but I know one day I will see you again. Enjoy heaven and show God some of those dance moves. You are and will always be my special girl I love you so much.

Sandra Miller

June 6, 2019

Karen had a gift for making people smile, a warmth that made you feel at home, a knack for occasional naughtiness, and a flare for fashion. Pure Grace.
She always shared her love and pride for her immediate and extended family and her friends. She also had a special place in her heart for all animals, especially those in distress. I had the honor to work with Karen for the last 17 years. When you don't actually have a sister you cross paths with women in your life who you accept as that sister you are missing and I count Karen among these women.
There are no words to describe the extent that I will miss Karen. The impact that she had on my life is immeasurable. Karen was an angel here on Earth before she became an angel in Heaven.
Sending my thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength to her family.

Cindy Brown

June 6, 2019

Karen always made me smile. She was funny and loved laughter, her family, children and those grands. We met before our kids even started school together years ago. I am heartbroken for her family that I love dearly. I will miss you, Karen. Over the past few years we didn’t get together or talk as much but when we did we had plenty to catch up on and we had a special friendship bond that picked up right where we left off. Karen was easy to love and one of the kindest persons I’ve ever known. Prayers to you all. Until we meet again, Karen...

Stacey Bittle

June 6, 2019

Like many others, Ms. Karen was more than just a colleague to me, she was also a loyal, and terrific friend. We worked together a little short of 4 years, and we spent many lunches, and breaks together. I always looked forward to the morning hugs I would get when I would pass through the pharmacy, as well as us exchanging goofy looks to one another, and the many laughs that followed. She had the biggest, and kindest heart and it showed in everything that she did. I am going to miss her so much. I will cherish these memories for a lifetime.

Annie Inman

June 5, 2019

I worked with Karen at UAMS for three years, and there was never a dull day when she was around. We used to laugh and carry on (dancing, singing, etc.), all while still getting things done. She was dedicated to doing her job well and I loved her for that attentiveness.
We cannot replace her and I am so sorry this happened. Prayers to her family, as you loved her as we did and more.