Ida Mae Spears
1940 ~ 2022
Date of Death: December 22, 2022
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Spears family. Ida Mae’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Ms. Ida Mae Spears.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Ida Mae (Mays) Spears was a blessing from God on Tuesday, August 6, 1940 to the late Warner and Willie Mae (Smith) Mays, Sr. in Greenwood, Mississippi. She was likewise called by God to take her everlasting rest on Thursday, December 22, 2022 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was also preceded in death by her husband: Lee Landers Spears; three of her brothers: JW Mays, Johnny Mays and Warner Mays, Jr. and a sister: Katherine Mays.
Ida Mae moved from Greenwood, Mississippi at an early age to Fort Smith. She was educated in the Fort Smith Public School System; she graduated from Lincoln High School Class of 1959. She accepted Christ as her Savoir at an early age and was baptized at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Norman McGill.
Ida Mae married Lee Landers Spears on Friday, August 7, 1964 and this union was blessed with three children. She became a homemaker, raising her children and volunteering to whomever needed her assistance in the community. She loved people, cooking and listening to music. She had no trouble telling you just what she thought, for she was a “no nonsense” person! She truly loved living her life to the fullest.
Ida Mae will be forever treasured and remembered by her son: Johnnie R. (Marian) Spears of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two daughters: Michelle Perry of Kansas City, Missouri and Rochelle Flemming of Fort Smith; a brother: Danny Ray (Katrina) Mays of Fort Smith; four sisters: Callie Driver of Oklahoma City, Pearlie Elam of Fort Smith, Fannie (Robert) Booker of Van Buren, Arkansas and Bridgetta (Mark) Shepherd of Fort Smith, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, many other family members, friends, her best friends: Uncle Bud and Reba Campbell.
Walk-through visitation will be Thursday, December 29, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rowell-Parish Mortuary 611 North 9th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Celebration of life service will be held Friday, December 30, 2022 at 12 p.m. at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church 4916 High Street Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904.
Committal service and final resting place will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery Fort Smith, Arkansas.