of Harrison, AR
April 23, 1927 - November 20, 2020
Willa Dean Braaten, age 93, of Harrison, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Harrison. She was born April 23, 1927, in Key West, Oklahoma, the daughter of Eli and Lottie (Camp) Cassity. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, Albert McKinley and Tillman Braaten; her daughter, Karen Sue McKinley; four brothers; and her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Elmo Roberts.Willa Dean attended Miracle Light House Church. She was a homemaker and a prior resident of Hammond, Indiana and Wichita, Kansas.Dean is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Becker and Nancy Jo McKinley, both of Harrison; her four sons, Kenneth Wayne McKinley of Harrison, Michael Albert McKinley of Orland, Florida, Gary Eugene McKinley of Las Vegas, Nevada, and David Lee McKinley of Harrison; two sisters, Mona Turner or Wichita, Kansas and Helen Moore of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.Graveside funeral service was 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Summers Cemetery. Family and friends served as pallbearers.Roller-Christeson Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.
May GOD be with all the family!
Nancy,David and family,I just seen this obituary of your mother. I am so sorry for all of you kids.Your mother was a very special lady.Although I haven't seen her for awhile when she was able to come to Walmart shopping and I would see her she would always have a smile. God Bless you all!!
David and family, I am so so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a sweet lady with a smile and laugh to brighten your day.We all have hope that we shall see her again. She will be waiting with open arms and that day-brightening smile to welcome us to our eternal home in Heaven.I pray for comfort and rest for your hearts, minds and souls. I know how you hurt and I grieve with you.God bless you all.Jo Ellen Pratt-Steen