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Leesa Stephens, 64, of Magnolia, owner of Stephens Country Store, died Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Leesa Stephens, 64, of Magnolia passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 in CHI St. Michael Health System in TEXarkana.

Leesa was born on June 21, 1956 in De Queen. She was graduate of Southern Arkansas University earning a bachelor degree in business administration finance. She was the owner of Stephens Country Store and a member of the Magnolia Downtown Merchants.

Leesa took an active role with the youth in Magnolia and Columbia County. She was very involved for 30 plus years with the Girl Scout Troops No. 257 and No. 136. She served as a troop leader, as a Service Unit director, and active supporter of the Friends of Highland Drive Girl Scout Hut. She was also active and an avid supporter of the Magnolia Dolphin Swim Team, served as director of the American Red Cross, and as director of the Salvation Army.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Wayne Smith; and niece, Cara Smith.

Leesa is survived by her husband of 45 years, Eddie Stephens of Magnolia; children, Mandy Belt and husband Kevin, Michael Paul Stephens and wife Kimmy of Magnolia, Cassie Franks and husband Zane of Humble, TX; mother, Myria Smith of De Queen; grandchildren, Brodie and wife Anna, Hallie, and Cecylie Belt of Magnolia, Tate, Knox, and Neely Stephens of Magnolia, Gunner and Savanna Franks of Humble, TX; brothers, Clint Smith and wife Leslie and family, Carter Smith and wife Angela and family, Steve Smith and wife Brenda and family of De Queen; father and mother-in-law, Harvey and Roxy Stephens of De Queen; sisters-in-law, Laurie Tidwell and husband Mitchell and family of Wickes, and Sherri Flournoy and family of De Queen, and a host of extended family and many friends.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the ISI “Iron Sharpens Iron” Campus Ministries, 131 Bethel Road, Magnolia, AR 71753, a local campus ministry affiliated with Southern Arkansas University founded in 2019 by Leesa’s daughter Mandy and her husband Kevin. CLICK HERE to see the ISI website.

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Cremation services were provided by Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., in Magnolia.

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