Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Lauwanda Mae "Wanda" Hatfield Mitchell Rankin

March 30, 1938September 1, 2019

Lauwanda Mae Hatfield Mitchell Rankin was born on March 30, 1938 in Mountain View, Missouri. She was the daughter of Steve Alonzo Hatfield, Sr. & Myrtle Leora Loyd Hatfield Ross. She passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Lauwanda had been a resident of Muldrow, Oklahoma prior to moving to Winnsboro, South Carolina a few years ago. Lauwanda was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Union, Missouri at 11 years of age.

She was married to Carl Eugene Mitchell in August of 1953 in Lawrence, Kansas, who passed away October 2, 1971. She later married Sherman Richard Rankin, Sr.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by four sons, Larry Eugene Mitchell, Jerry Dean Mitchell, Billy Joe Mitchell and Sherman Richard Rankin, Jr.; and by two sisters, Lauveda June Hatfield and Judith Kay Hatfield.

Lauwanda is survived by her children, Kathy Ann Mitchell (Bill) Owens, Barbara Sue Mitchell, Linda June Mitchell, Kenneth Ray Mitchell, Tina Marie Rankin (Mauricio) Argueta and Linda Mae Mitchell Rankin Gonzalez; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Donna Geneen Hatfield Bourbon, Steve Alonzo Hatfield, Sr., Herbert Leroy Hatfield, Sr. and Ginger Rae Hatfield Horton; as well as two brother-in laws, Clyde Mitchell and Darrell Mitchell, and many cousins and friends.

Services will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11AM in the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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