Shirley Vontelle Wiley


Shirley Vontelle Wiley

Shirley Vontelle "Vonnie" Wiley, 76, of Gravette, Ark., died peacefully Saturday, July 1, 2023, in the comfort of her home after months of failing health.

She was born Aug. 2, 1946, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Malcom and Sallie (Cook) Dawson. She resided in Phoenix until moving with her family to California in 1956, where she graduated from Freemont School of the Deaf. In 1985, she and her two sons, moved to a farm near Southwest City, Mo. She enjoyed being part of the deaf community and serving others. Her life's goal was to serve and follow Jesus and to love one another as Jesus loved us. Her life was centered around Christ, reading his word, and through her daily devotions.

Her father, Malcom Dawson; and a brother, Bill Dawson, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her two sons, Patrick Wiley (Michelle) of Bentonville, Ark., Tim Wiley (Jennifer) of Tampa, Fla.; two grandsons; her mother, Sallie Dawson, of Gravette; a sister, Effie Ross of Gravette; two brothers, Butch Dawson of Gravette, Tom Dawson (Carla) of Rogers, Ark.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2023, at the Gravette Church of Christ with Tom Dawson officiating. Burial will follow at Wann Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.

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Arrangements are by Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.