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Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Jana Camille (Howell) Laster

November 26, 1944July 30, 2020

Jana Camille Howell Laster, 75, passed away on July 30, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Jana was born on November 26, 1944 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Charles Eugene and Martha Ellen Johnson Howell. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gerald Wayne Laster, her sons, Kevin Dean Metheny (Marcy), Jeffrey Allen Metheny, and Christopher Wayne Laster (Jordan). She was Nana to seven grandchildren, Laci Renee Metheny, Abby Dean Metheny Sisk (Eddie), Hailey Jo Mannon Dye, Jana Brooke Metheny, Ely Metheny, Avery Anne Laster, and Benjamin Brown, as well as five great-grandchildren. Jana, also, has four loving siblings and several cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many, many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Martha Howell, her In-laws, Loyd and Jewell Laster, and daughter-in-law Leah Metheny. A graduate of Van Buren High School, she also attended Tulsa (OK) Community College and Tarrant County (TX) Community College. She worked for Van Buren Public Schools and ConnecTime Solutions, Inc. A Celebration of Life is planned for a future time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jana's name to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or go to www.alz.org.

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  • Celebration of Life at a later date

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Becky Franzen

August 2, 2020

Jana had the greatest smile that warmed up the room and the best sense of humor. I remember the fun conversations we had when I would visit in Kemah. A beautiful person that will be missed!

Sandy Franks

August 2, 2020

A sweet sweet lady who spread love wherever she went and that love was returned to her. RIP Jana your battle is over. Gerry and family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most tragic time.

Betty Vandergriff

August 2, 2020

I have known Jana for so many years. Bob and I loved to visit with her when ever we had a chance. Always had a beautiful smile. My deepest sympathy to all the family. God Bless you all.

Albert Waldhuber

August 2, 2020

Gerry,
Our hearts go out to you and your family for the loss of Jana.
With our deepest condolences, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief.
Jana is remembered as a truly kind and loving individual - May She Rest in Peace.

Our hearts are with you and your family,
Albert and Elena Waldhuber

Ralph Lantz

August 1, 2020

I have lost another dear, dear friend and she will be missed. I still remember the day in the sixth grade class of Mrs. Sims when Jana enrolled at Sophia Meyer. As I traveled the world and posted pictures I knew I could always count on positive feedback from Jana. The hardest thing about getting older is losing life-long friends. My thoughts and prayers are with Gerry and the family.

Jane Gaer

August 1, 2020

RIP dear Jana. When I make fudge at Christmas time there will always be some for you. Even though I haven't got to visit, I have thought of you often and you will be missed every day.

Bill Mitchell

August 1, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing on Jana.

G od, who gave His only Son,
understands your sorrow.
He knows your pain even before
you take it to Him in prayer.
And at this very moment,
He is reaching out His arms to you.

Jana Brooke Metheny

August 1, 2020

Jana Brooke Metheny

August 1, 2020

My sweet Nana was the most kind and genuine soul you could ever meet. She was always smiling and laughing and gave the best hugs. Nana used to pick me up from school when I was little and we would go to Braums and get ice cream everyday. I always enjoyed going to see Nana and Papa. My heart is heavy as my Nana is no longer with us, but I wanted y’all to know that she was the most precious person I ever knew. Nana, you are so loved and so cared for. I’m thankful that you’re no longer suffering and get to spend everyday with Mimi. I love you so much and I’m so happy that Dad named me after you.

Christine Edera

August 1, 2020

Jana was a lovely woman and clearly brought joy to all who knew her.

FROM THE FAMILY

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