Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Betty Jo Rivaldo

September 3, 1954October 18, 2019

Betty Jo Rivaldo, 65, of Lavaca, passed away Friday, October 18, 2019, in Fort Smith. She was born September 3, 1954 in Fort Smith to the late Elbert Joe and Betty Rose Kincannon. She was a Registered Nurse and a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Barling, AR.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Rivaldo; her daughter, Kimberlye Jo Orrison of Branch, AR; sons, Scott Britton Collier and Vance Paul Rivaldo, both of Lavaca, AR; stepdaughters, Kathy Rivaldo Elliot of Tenkiller Lake, OK and Melissa Rivaldo Denton of Lavaca, AR; stepson, Craig Rivaldo of Bentonville, AR; grandchildren, Cole Robert Orrison and Savannah Rose Orrison; and her loving niece, Robbyne Marie Banning.

Memorial service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Barling, AR. Burial of cremains will be at a later date at Stroud Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.


  • Paul Rivaldo, Husband
  • Kimberlye Jo Orrison, Daughter
  • Scott Britton Collier, Son
  • Vance Paul Rivaldo, Son
  • Kathy Rivaldo Elliot, Step daughter
  • Melissa Rivaldo Denton, Step daughter
  • Craig Rivaldo, Step son
  • Elbert Joe and Betty Rose Kincannon, Parents (deceased)
  • Cole Robert Orrison, Grandchild
  • Savannah Rose Orrison, Grandchild
  • Robbyne Marie Banning, Loving niece


  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 24, 2019


Betty Jo Rivaldo

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Louise Niblett-Hutchins

October 27, 2019

Meet Betty Jo in grade school. We went to jr and sr high together also. Great lady, she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with her family.

John and Suzanne Tripp

October 24, 2019

Dear Paul and Family,
John and I were saddened to learn of BJ’s passing. She was a lovely lady and a wonderful companion to you, Paul, and we know she will be greatly missed. We hope the sad times will pass soon and you’ll be left of the memories of wonderful times together.

Cliff Dyar

October 20, 2019

Paul and family, I am deeply saddened over your loss. I didn't know Betty Jo personally, but it is clear the was a kind and loving lady, who will be missed greatly by all of those who love her and knew her. My deepest condolences.

Cole Robert Orrison

October 19, 2019

I love you Grandma , love always from your lil leprechaun Coleman

Kimberlye Orrison

October 19, 2019

My mother was the most loving, forgiving and strongest person that I ever knew. She taught us all how care for others in need, to stand strong for what was right and to understand the imperfections in ourselves and others because that is what made us all unique. My mother loved and was loved. Without her kindness and wisdom, I would not be the person that I am today. Momma, you are forever in my heart and your grandbabies miss you terribly!