Stephanie Jean Larkin January 5, 2014~ September 30, 1950

Untitled-1Stephanie Jean Larkin 63, of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale. She was born September 30, 1950 in Sherman, Texas to Buddy and Margie Larkin. She worked in the travel agency business for years before becoming a customer service representative at Tyson Foods headquarters in Springdale. Stephanie was a very loving person. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ron Bishop. She is survived by her daughter, Didi Smith and husband Bud of Wapanucka, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Trey, Jacob and Maci Smith and Kelsey Lopez and husband Bryce; brother, Mark Larkin of Sherman, Texas; sisters, Debbie Roberts of Sherman, Texas, Becky and Bill Jackson of Fayetteville, Rhonda Byler and Jimmy Mitchell of Farmington, Lisa and Chuck Whaley of Sherman, Texas and numerous nephews, nieces and her Tyson Foods Family. The family would like to thank the Circle of Life Hospice staff for the wonderful care that she received. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 24, 2014 at Beards Funeral Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.


In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Circle of Life Hospice 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, Arkansas 72762 or a No Kill Animal Shelter of your choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.

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    Robin Smith » 07. Jan, 2014

    I will see you again, Presh.

    Patricia Engler » 07. Jan, 2014

    It was my pleasure to know Stephanie over the last 2 years at Tyson. She was very sweet & funny. We miss her terribly but feel blessed to have been a part of her life. You are in our prayers.

    Trish Engler

    Cheryl Barron » 07. Jan, 2014

    You touched so many people while you were here. I miss many things about you. Your sweet little sayings and gestures, the unforgettable smile you have, the little morning hugs, the love that radiated from you when you talked about your family and friends. I know you are in heaven getting reacquantited with all those who got there before you. I am grateful you have a pain free body now. I will always love you. Hugs and prayers to your family and friends as we all miss you so. It was a great priviledge and honor to know you.

    Name » 07. Jan, 2014

    I was more than blessed having known Stephanie she would light up the room when she walked in one. I worked with her at Tyson Foods for many years and it was a pleasure she will be missed..

    Skip Van Tassell » 07. Jan, 2014

    I am so sorry for your loss. Stephanie was a wonderful person, and I will certainly miss her. You are in my thoughts and prayers…

    Name » 07. Jan, 2014

    Heaven has gained another bright star. Your are now made whole again. It was a pleasure knowing and working with you. Looking forward to seeing you in Glory Land.
    Gene Reeves

    Steve Litaker » 07. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was such a sweet lady who made us smile even on a tough day. We truly lost a treasure and will miss her dearly. God bless and comfort her family.

    Carolyn Teague » 08. Jan, 2014

    You will be missed!

    Kelly Pugh » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was such a wonderful person. She was one of my best friends and I loved her so much. I pray for all her family and friends during this difficult time. I hope we can all find peace knowing she is not pain and is rejoicing in her new life.

    Mark Rechtin » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie’s face was the first face I saw every morning when arriving at work – and she always wore a big smile. Her love for others was contageous. I know she’s in a better place, but I miss her greatly.

    Jann Tomlinson » 08. Jan, 2014

    One of the loveliest people I have ever known. She will be truly missed.

    Janet Anderson » 08. Jan, 2014

    My life was truly blessed when I met Steph (aka Sass). Her love and generous soul knew no boundaries for her family & friends. Her perky attitude was contagious and literally lit up the room when she entered. I love this woman dearly and offer my condolences for your loss. She will be sorely missed and I so look forward to seeing her again.

    Stephanie » 08. Jan, 2014

    While I did not know her in person, I feel like I did. She was such a wonderful person with the best attitude. She always seemed like she had a smile on her face. I will miss working with her. My condolences go out to her family, but know she is now an angel in heaven looking down.

    Robert Richardson » 08. Jan, 2014

    Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Larkin family.

    Dennis Martin » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie touched the lives of so many and always shared a smile that brightened the day for others. Her attention always turned to others first and it’s easy to understand why she was loved by everyone. Her gift of life, so richly lived, has impacted each of us. Our hearts and prayers are with her family, friends and all that knew her.

    Cindy Hatch Tacker » 08. Jan, 2014

    I am so sad this has happened. I have known Stephanie since I was young. She was the most amazing women. She was a part of my family. I know she and my brother were having a very loud party when she made it to heaven. I know my blood family were waiting on her along with her blood family. I was blessed to have known her and be able to call her my family.

    Denny Woodard » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was such a warm, friendly and kind person. She never missed an opportunity to smile and help make your day brighter. She is greatly missed by her friends and family here at Tyson. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Angela Fox » 08. Jan, 2014

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. Stephanie will be missed by so many of us – she was a bright, beautiful, lovely lady who was a pleasure to be around. I was blessed just by knowing her.

    Patricia Barnhill » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was one of the most gracious and loving people I have ever known. She always had kind words for everyone. I treasure the moments we shared together and pray to see her again in the house of our Lord and Savior. I will always remember her quaint words and sayings and her beautiful smile, but I will truly miss her loving spirit here on earth. May the Lord bless and keep her family and friends in His heart and give them peace and solice in their time of grief. Stephanie is truly an angel with wings now and will watch over us all until we see her again. Love you Precious Lady.

    Dianna Clay » 08. Jan, 2014

    This is especially hard to put in words because I know none will take the hurt away from losing you wonderful mom. This bittersweet time, when even though we know your mom is pain free, it doesn’t me that we are. I want you to know, first and foremost, you and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Your mom touched my life in so many ways from the time I met her. She was simple “presh”!
    I love her still, just as I do you!!

    Lisa Freeman » 08. Jan, 2014

    To the family of Stephanie Larkin,

    i just wanted to say that on the night of Dec. 18th the Freeman family was called in for what we knew were the last days of our loving mother, grandmother, sister and mother-in-law. As we all gathered around her bed that night and started to sing, a friend of ours knocked on the door and as I opened the door he said is there one for two more and I said you better believe it. What a sweet person Stephanie and her sister were and what a blessing to our family to be able to minister to your wonderful Mother, Grandmother & Sister. She touched our lives and we hope that we were able to touch hers also.
    We lost our sweet family member in the early hours of Dec.21st and I hope that she and Stephanie have had a chance to meet, as the two famlies lives touched for just a short time on this earth.
    The Freeman Family sends it’s thoughts and prayers to all of you at this diffcult time in your loves and we pray God’s riches blessings on each and every one of you and that the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you and let you feel him to be closer than ever before.

    Love & Prayers,

    Lisa Freeman

    Debbie Pitman Williams » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie and I where friends in High School. I remember her as a very sweet and fun loving person. I am so sorry for your loss. May God Bless her family.
    Debbie Pitman Williams

    Tami » 08. Jan, 2014

    This precious friend will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, especially her daughter DiDi. God bless you all.

    Mary Holloway Martin » 08. Jan, 2014

    I will always remember Stephanie laughing and talking to everyone all the way down the aisle at church before she’d sit down with her family. So precious. She reminded me so much of your dear mother, who I also miss so much. It is with a heavy heart that I send you my love and prayers and deepest sympathy. Your whole family meant so much to me and to all of us who grew up together in church. So many good memories.
    My love to all of you, and God’s peace to you through this painful time.
    Mary Holloway Martin

    Dennie Swingle » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie, you were the best and you will be missed by all. RIP beautiful lady!!!!!

    Traci Davis » 08. Jan, 2014

    Words cannot adequately express how blessed I was to know sweet Stephanie and how much I wish all of us were a little more like her! She was such an encouragment and inspiration to me throughout our years together at Tyson. My life was changed just by knowing her and I am thankful I will hug her again one day soon! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Todd Hays » 08. Jan, 2014

    I’m so sorry to hear about Stepahnie. There was never a time I saw her where she wasn’t smiling or saying hello to anyone and everyone that passed by. As the saying goes, she never knew a stranger. She will truly be missed.

    Bobby and Mildred Gulledge » 08. Jan, 2014

    Our sympathy to Stephanie’s Daughter, grandchildren, sisters and brother. We grieve her passing but know her light is still shining beyond this earthly realm. She left a wonderful legacy of love to all that knew her. God bless all of you. Uncle Bob and Aunt Mil

    Vicki Walker Lewis » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was a dear friend during my childhood years in Sherman, Texas. She was kind and always caring. My memories of Sherman always include Stephanie and her smile. May she rest in peace.

    brenda harbour » 08. Jan, 2014

    to my best friend I love you !

    Rex and Mary Gibson » 08. Jan, 2014

    We both remembered Stephanie being so full of lifeand sympathize with all of you who loved her during this time of bereavement.

    Mellisa » 08. Jan, 2014

    I feel so blessed to have known Stephanie. I will miss her.

    Troyce and Donna Haker » 08. Jan, 2014

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of the whole family and you are all in our prayers.
    Love, Troyce & Donna.

    Yadira Guzman » 08. Jan, 2014

    My condolences to her family and friends. I would always reach out to Stephanie when I had an issue with my Tyson orders and she was always very patient, helpful and I will miss her attention to detail.

    John Logan Hall » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was a wonderful and very fun person to be around. Even though I had not seen her in many years, she was someone you did not forget. I remember her on Maxey Street and visiting with her family. My prayers are with the entire family at this time of their loss.
    John Logan Hall

    Robin Teague Atherton » 08. Jan, 2014

    Sincere condolences from old friends in ShermanTX. We went to school with Mark and lived on Summit. So sorry to hear. Prayers lifted for the family.

    Jan and Tommy Bateman » 08. Jan, 2014

    Just wanted to let the family know we are thinking about them during this difficult time. Stephanie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

    Jan and Tommy Bateman

    Twila Snipes Crici » 08. Jan, 2014

    I went to High School with Mark and I know Debbie–I know that Stephanie Jean was such a bright light in your family. I am so sorry for your loss and can’t begin to know how you feel-I just pray you will find comfort from His loving arms at this time.

    Sherry Shrum » 08. Jan, 2014

    Sweet Stephanie!! I remember the times you would call me and tell me to yell at Bob Harris and get him on the phone!! What people didn’t know, was we didn’t have a PA system and I had to actually yell. You were always so sweet and caring. No matter what type of day I was having, you always brightened me up! And honest!! I loved all those things about you. Now you are in a place with no pain or sorrow. And you have an endless supply of French’s mustard and dental floss!!! I love you Presh!!!!!! Not to worry, we will be together again someday!! Miss you with all my heart.

    Patty LaCour » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie will be truly missed by all. She was a very special person. I am very fortunate to have gotten to know her.

    Anna Rowland » 08. Jan, 2014

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We’d had a lot of good memories on Haven Cr
    With your mom. She was so sweet and fun! I wish I could be there to hug you,
    Please except our condolences.

    Anna Rowland

    Jodi Owen Finley » 08. Jan, 2014

    To Stephanie’s family. May God’s grace give you strength during this difficult time. I knew Stephanie through my niece, Carolyn Owen. They were best friends growing up and their mothers, Jean and Margie were friends. Stephanie was a constant in the life of my niece during her final illness and I never forgot her loyalty and kindness. May dear Stephanie rest in peace and may those who mourn her loss find comfort through the Lord. She is without pain and greeting those who have gone before her. I know that somewhere she and Carolyn are into some mischief. God bless you all.

    Earline Melton Burleson » 08. Jan, 2014

    You were such a fun co-worker at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Denison. And you were “more” fun after work. Miss the good times, miss you.

    DEBRA ADLOF SUDDERTH » 08. Jan, 2014

    My heart is heavy with the loss of Stephanie. May God bless her family with comfort and peace during this time and celebrate her life adventures with love and remembrance of the great times you had together!

    Lynn Mitchusson » 08. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was a classmate of mine and I will always remember her for her kindness, free spirit, humor and as a great person. My condolences to her family in this time of grief but remember she is not remembered by a few but many and that is a testament to her life.

    Hubert and Bennie Stoy » 08. Jan, 2014

    Our sympathy to the Larkin family. We are thinking of you with friendship and our love.

    Hubert and Bennie Stoy

    Bob & Margaret Toney » 08. Jan, 2014

    Our sympathy to the family and many friends. Stephanie was such a positive person with an infectious smile. Even if you had just met her you felt as though you had known her for years.
    Bob. & Margaret Tonet

    Debbie & Gerald Miller » 08. Jan, 2014

    Our condolences to the family. She was a sweetheart of a lady who had a positive effect on those around her.
    Debbie & Gerald Miller

    Linda Taylor Culbertson » 08. Jan, 2014

    My prayers are with all of Stephanie’s family. I always admired Stephanie when we were in school. She always had a smile, she was so energetic, and always had something nice to say to her younger siblings friends. Stephanie was a very special person. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May The Lord give you strength through this difficult time.

    Donnie Ford » 08. Jan, 2014

    I am so sorry to learn about Stephanie’s passing. She was a very sweet and loving person. She will be missed. My sympathy goes out to all her family.

    Donna Hatch Ramsey » 09. Jan, 2014

    I am still in such a state of shock. Stephanie was my brother’s best female friend since they were in the 1st grade. She gave me a note to read at his memorial service that talked about their first day of school & him walking the “little girl in leg braces” to school. Steph has always been there for our family. She was much more than Hatch’s bestfriend to us. She was part of our family. Mama always wanted Steph & Hatch to marry. They both told her it would ruin a perfect friendship! She was a kind, warm, & loving woman. And will be missed beyond measure. I know she & Hatch are walking streets of gold together like they did that first day of school. Prayers for all of you….

    Ginger Millsap » 09. Jan, 2014

    Thinking of you, my sympathy to all.

    Ashley,Danyelle » 09. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie, was such a beautiful woman. she would come visit with us every morning before work! I know we wasn’t the only reason she came to Sonic because she sure loved her unsweetened tea! It breaks our heart to hear about this tragic event! She was like a grandmother to us girls, she would give us advice an make sure everything was going good in our life. We sure will miss the smiles but at-least she is with god now! We will miss you Stephanie
    Love, Ashley an Danyelle

    Sarah Moore » 09. Jan, 2014

    Stephanie was such a light- like many have noted, she was able to brighten your day with a kind word and warm hug. And her energy and enthusiasm were uplifting. So very glad that I had the chance to know you Stephanie. Thinking of your family and friends during this time.

    John and Marchia Mordeccai » 10. Jan, 2014

    We know Stephanie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends she left behind. God bless each and every one of you.

    Sue and Mark Spradley » 10. Jan, 2014

    Good bye Ms Stephanie. What a wonderful friend and neighbor you were to us. We will miss seeing you and Bear everyday. God bless your family in this difficult time. Didi you did a wonderful thing caring for your mom with such love, there are few losses in life as hard as the loss of your mom. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing she is whole again, and you will see her in the future.

    Curtiss and Raylene Gray » 11. Jan, 2014

    So sorry for your loss. We knew Stephanie when she was very young. My husband worked for her dad when he was a teenager and I would run around with Debbie when we were teenagers. We also when to church with them at Grand Avenue in Sherman, Texas.

    Tricia Larkin Smith » 13. Jan, 2014

    Sending hugs and condolences to my Larkin cousins…..in the loss of your sister Stephanie. Although our paths did not regularly merge, my memories include an engaging personality with an infectious laugh.

    Sorry I’m unable to attend her memorial service but have sent a prayer request that you find comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and that one day you will be together as a family again.


    Tricia Larkin Smith

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    Lindsay Piepho » 14. Jan, 2014

    One of the lasting things that we leave on this earth is our legacy. Stephanie has left a gold standard legacy. Her sense of humor, kindness, compassion, strength and love towards others in an imperfect world, and her endurance to handle life’s biggest challenges with grace instead of bitterness is a remarkable and timeless example that will remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. God bless your Stephanie, and thank you for freely sharing your gifts with the rest of us. You are deeply missed.

    Linda Parker » 22. Jan, 2014

    I am sending my prayers all your way. your mother was a beautiful spirited lady. Every time I saw her at work (Tyson’s) she carried a big smile and was always spreading cheer. She will be missed by many, including me. God bless you and confort you.
    Linda Parker

    Sheila Welch » 24. Jan, 2014

    You will forever hold a footprint in my heart Presh. See you soon.

    Joy Porter » 25. Jan, 2014

    To Mrs. Stephanie’s family I know she will be truly misses
    She was a wonderful person and a very kind one.
    I lived her very much! God took one of his Anges
    To shine bright in the night sky! RIP
    Lots if love to Steph and her family