Eualdene Knapp Files (Dene), November 4, 1926~May 6, 2017

Files_edited-1Eualdene Knapp Files (Dene), age 90, of Springdale, passed away after an extended illness on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at her home at The Gardens At Arkanshire Retirement Community in Springdale, Arkansas.

She was born in Poteau, OK, November 4, 1926, the daughter of the late Ual Knapp and Myrtle (Smith) Knapp Mock.  The family, at the time of the birth of their daughter, together owned a cattle ranch near Albion, OK.

Dene graduated from Albion High School in 1944 and was employed at Tinker Air Force Base when she married Dale Files on November 14, 1945.  Dale had recently returned from World War II, serving as a nose gunner, flying 51 missions on a B-24 bomber.

Over the next several years, the young couple lived in Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas, but eventually returned to Oklahoma and ranching when Dale’s dad retired. A small cattle ranch, sitting below the Kiamichi mountains, would become their home where they would spend a major portion of their lives, working hard to make a living and raise their family.  They would remain there, in the home built by Dale’s grandparents, until a serious illness on his part eventually led to a move to be closer to children and medical resources.

One of Dene’s greatest family and life accomplishments was the care that she provided Dale after he became ill.  Dene’s children will never forget their mom’s faithfulness and love given to their dad, knowing that the road was a long and challenging one.

Dene is survived by: Three children and their families: Ramona Williams of Porter, TX; Dennis and Lynda Files of Bloomington, IL; Ondie and Joe Beavers of Winslow, AR; 8 grandchildren, David (Kandie) Williams of Spring, TX, Melissa Williams (Tim Michael) of League City, TX, Daniel Williams of Tucson, AZ, Michael Williams (Magdiel Delgado) of Houston, TX; Megan (Nathan) Baumann of Bloomington, IL, Allie (Byron) Hartsock of Champaign, IL; Jarod (Christine) Beavers of Winslow, AR, Zack (Cheyenne) Beavers of Winslow, AR. and 14 great-grandchildren, Sara and Eric Michael of League City, TX; Shannon, Jeffery and McKayla Williams of Spring, TX; Kayleen Williams of Tucson, AZ; Cody, Abby and Nora Baumann of Bloomington, IL; Nona, Georgia and Lilly Hartsock of Champaign, IL; Hannah Young of Winslow, AR; Ryann Beavers of Winslow, AR. One half-sister: Kay McBride of Stillwater, OK and four half-brothers: Eual Knapp of Muldrow, OK and Gerald Knapp, Bill Knapp and Wesley Knapp, all of Talihina, OK.  Three step-sisters: Dorothea Mock Middleton of Cedar Hill, TX, and Louise Culley and Linda Baugh both of Talihina, OK.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Private interment will be at West Fork Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAPS, LLC or the nursing team at The Gardens of Arkanshire Retirement Community, 5000 Arkanshire Circle, Springdale, AR. 72764.

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    Ron and Dirinda Skelton » 08. May, 2017

    Ondie, Just want you to know that Ron and I are thinking about you with the
    passing of your mom.


    Larry Keaton » 09. May, 2017

    I enjoyed visiting with Dene as often as I could while I was working at the Gardens at Arkanshire. I love you and will miss you.

    Larry Keaton

    Name » 10. May, 2017

    Ondie and Family;
    Sorry to learn of Dene’s death. May God’s Spirit surround you with comfort, love, and positive memories as you move through the grieving process.
    Bill & Cheryl Walker

    Jo Anna Knapp-Baker » 10. May, 2017

    Well I never saw my sweet little Aunt Dene again after her and my daddy’s mother, Mamma passed away in June 1989…. I’m not sure what happened or what was said in those following days after the funeral, but I believe that the hard feelings that separated my Aunt Dene’s family from ours came from some of my actions and I can only ask for you”lls forgiveness… I just remember growing up and when we could all gather at Mammas house for a holiday and my crazy daddy and my crazy Aunt Dene and my Mamma would tell their hilarious stories and they would all get so tickled and just be crying from laughter and we could even understand what they were trying to say they would be laughing so hard and then we would all be laughing at them! Those are the days I remember in my heart and hang on to. So for what it’s worth, I just want Ramona Sue, Dennis and Ondie to know that whatever I did, if the hard feelings were because of me, I can only say I’m sorry, I love you all 3 and I’m sorry for your loss but I’m so happy my Mamma, my daddy and my Aunt Dene are all reunited once again……..

    Maxine Stubbs » 11. May, 2017

    I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with your mom when I would be at Arkanshire visiting my mom, Hazel Gray. There were a good many times when I could tell that she didn’t feel that well but she always had a smile and a kind word for me. I thought a lot of her and will miss seeing her.

    Maxine Stubbs