Mayrene Nelms, 84, of Fort Smith, passed from this life Oct. 30, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Booneville.

Mayrene owned and operated two successful bookstores in Fort Smith, Book Nook Bookstore and Chestnut Bookstore. She was the widow of Wayne Nelms.

Mayrene is survived by her daughter, Cathy Jones, and her husband Jeff of Greenwood; her son, Larry Nelms and his wife Shirley of Booneville; two brothers, Eddie Wann of Booneville and Everett Wann of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Jason Nelms, Cara Heard and Leslie Chastainl as well as four great-grandchildren, Griffin Heard, Lillie and Hank Chastain and Madison Hall. She was preceded in death by her husband and her mother, Lorene Wann.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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