Ericka Deanne Ward, age 40 of Malvern, died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at UAMS in Little Rock. She was born on April 25, 1977 in Gainesville, Florida to Patrick Smith and Odessa Denman. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a CNA for a number of years before health began to fail. Ericka loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed camping and fishing. She attended Ouachita River Fellowship.
She is survived by her husband, Carl Ward of Malvern; her mother, Odessa O’Neal and step-father, Craig O’Neal, both of Malvern; a daughter, Sarah Jo Dater of Haskell; step-son, Jacob Jenson of Colorado; her father, Robert Jones of Florida; two sisters, Dawn Smith of Malvern, and Kelly Duke of Gifford; aunts, Sonja Rucker of Malvern, and Barbara Hughes; uncle, Barry Speakman; cousin, Valerie Hoffman, and many other cousins.
She was preceded in death by her “dad”, Larry Speakman, and niece, Angela Kidder.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.