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Obituary for Betty Jo Harkins Scifres

Betty Jo Harkins Scifres, 78, of Pine Bluff passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at Trinity Village Medical Center after a 15-month courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was Catholic.
Born July 3, 1941, in Dermott, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late William Monroe Harkins and Margaret Mahfouz Harkins. She graduated from Dermott High School in 1959. In 1965, she married Don (Sy) Scifres, Sr and they spent 30 years together until his death in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her 4 brothers- Billy, Tom, Gary and Johnny Harkins.
She worked for Dillard’s Department Store in Pine Bluff as the store secretary for 15 years before retiring in 2003.
She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Scifres Pearce and husband Gary of Pine Bluff and her son, Donald Scifres, Jr. and his wife Chastity of Maumelle. She leaves behind 2 grandchildren, Gretchen Pearce of Savannah and Cole Scifres of Maumelle; 2 sisters, Margaret Harkins Heuston of Little Rock and Essie Mae Harkins Erwin of Selma; and 1 sister in law Janine Harkins of Pine Bluff.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral home from 2:00-4:00pm. A graveside service with Father Joseph Marconi will be in the Dermott cemetery on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:00am.

Her family requests memorials to be made to Personal Pep Rally, 1920 S. Main, Suite 107, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160 (or online at or the charity of their choice.

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