Mary Lou (Keplar) Drew, age 80 of Rogers, Ark., and formerly of El Dorado, Kan., passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark.
Mary was born in El Dorado on June 2, 1932 to Edward and Mildred (Hartgrove) Keplar. Mary served her country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge. She enjoyed playing bingo and dominoes, going to the casinos, embroidering, and ceramics and she will be missed very much.
Preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Connie Jernigan; three brothers, Robert, Billy and Bob Keplar; and one sister, Ruby Keplar, Mary is survived by two daughters, Beth Payton of St. Louis, Mo., and Toni Scykes-Baker of Kansas; three sons, James Jernigan of El Dorado, Luke Jernigan of Wichita, and Troy Jernigan of Joplin, Mo.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Family members wish to add a very special thank you to Bernice and Randy Schatz at Veterans Home Health Care in Rogers, Ark., for taking care of Mary Drew for the last 2 1/2 years of her life.
Graveside Inurnment services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Walnut Valley Cemetery in El Dorado.
Online tributes to the family may be made at www.bentoncountymemorialpark.com.
Arrangements are with Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home and Crematory of Rogers.