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Judy Frances (Beaver Smith) Harris, age 72


Judy Frances (Beaver Smith) Harris, age 72, of Cabot, Arkansas passed away Friday, November 18, 2022 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born August 20, 1950 in Dallas County, Texas.

Judy graduated from Denison High School in Denison, Texas in 1968. She worked as a respiratory therapist at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She later moved to El Dorado, Arkansas and became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in the nursery at Union Memorial Hospital for many years. She loved caring for those babies and preemies and often wanted to bring some of them home with her. Judy was an avid animal lover and always had one or several cats and dogs and even a pot-bellied pig once. Her beloved cat, Lucy, was a rescue and was her faithful companion until Lucy’s death a few years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry Frances Beaver and Una Elizabeth Rhodes Beaver; brother Howard Beaver; Aunt Marie Holmes, Aunt Polly Reece, and Uncle Baxter Rhodes.

Judy is survived by her two sons Jacob Clayton Smith of El Dorado and Lucas “Luke” Francis Harmon Smith of El Dorado; her husband of twenty years Dr. George W. Smith of El Dorado; a daughter Vanessa Marie Smith Shahan of Cabot; son-in-law Tommy N. Shahan Jr of Cabot; granddaughters Emily Kathryn Turner of Maumelle and Anna Grace Turner of Russellville; and many more extended family members and friends.

Special Thanks to Dr. Jasmine Brathwaite, her PACE doctor who was so very compassionate and attentive.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 2:00-4:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service; 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Cheryl Jenkins Posted November 21, 2022 4:24 PM

    I had the pleasure of being Ms. Judy’s caregiver for a little over a year and she was such a sweetheart!! It was always interesting to see what mood she would be in each day, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Vanessa, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take care of Ms. Judy. You both became like family to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

    • Vanessa Shahan Posted November 22, 2022 12:17 AM

      Cheryl, I’m so grateful she had a year with you. You were so good to her. Thank you for everything. And you became like family to us too❤️

  • Mary A Doyal Posted November 21, 2022 5:49 PM

    My dear sweet cousin. How often I thought about you and wondered how you were. Please give those that have gone ahead a hug for me as well as one for you. I’m sorry all those years slipped by without speaking to you or seeing you. Rest in peace.

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