Reba Faye Shewmaker, 92, of Paragould, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. She was born on her father’s birthday, September 16, 1926, to John and Grace Nadeau. Reba was of Potawatomie Indian descent. She met Eddie Shewmaker while attending Harding Academy. She went on to attend Harding College. Reba Faye married Eddie on July 7, 1946. Together, they built an exemplary life and had five children. Reba Faye and Eddie completed each other and their relationship was a blessing to those who knew them. She lived a purposeful, joyous life opening her home and heart to others without hesitation. Everywhere she went people responded to her warm and generous spirit. Reba Faye and Eddie lived in New Jersey for 60 years. They moved to Eddie’s hometown of Paragould and have attended Center Hill Church of Christ for the past 9 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Hazel Miser, Marie Tipton, Bernice Philley, Nora Woodfin, Virginia Narcomey; and brothers, Jack Nadeau, Ted Nadeau.
Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Eddie Shewmaker; son and daughter in law, Jim and Doris Shewmaker; daughters and sons in law, Cyndi Rhodes (pre-deceased), Ann and Tom Turnbull, Jane Neu, Mary and Erick Bachman; brother and sister in law, Ray and Dottie Nadeau ; step brother, Mason French; grandchildren, Nathan, Aaron, Marisa, Daniel, Laura, Avery, Adrienne, Rachel, Jacob (pre-deceased), Cassidy, Dustin; and ten great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. The funeral service will be on Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m. in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home with Michael Meredith officiating. Burial will follow at Croft Cemetery.
Lasting memorials may be made to Crowley’s Ridge Academy, Crowley’s Ridge College, or the Children’s Homes of Paragould.