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Nanette Marie (Prather) Stringer, 51, was born May 16, 1971 in Bonne Terre, MO to Kenneth E. Prather and Mary Rose (Richards) Prather. On August 6, 2022, she passed away in Bentonville, Arkansas surrounded by family.
She was married to Gary (Jinx) Stringer on May 21, 2016 and shared eight wonderful years together.
Nan attended Bentonville, Arkansas and Spring, Texas schools, followed by Webster University of Business in Webster, Missouri. She was an avid Texas A&M (Aggie) fan!
Her love of animals started at a very young age, with her grandma Mary teaching her about everything in the woods and her grandpa Perry about every type of horse and mule. She could ride a horse before she was two years old. She bought her first horse at the age of 6. He looked so sickly, her uncle Burlin called him “Crowbait” and it stuck. It has been validated that several times she rode him to school and tied him to the flagpole.
She started FFA in Texas and then in Arkansas. Showing grand champion bulls from the Schumacher Ranch at the Benton County Fair in Bentonville, Arkansas and placed 1st. Her work at the ranch was her greatest love. Her love and knowledge of cattle, horses and mules was phenomenal. Yes, mules!
Her love of motorcycles did not come at a young age but grew later. With Jinx and her riding to gatherings in Florida, Sturgis, South Dakota and all states between. There was nothing like an all-day ride (with her asleep) riding behind Gary (recalculating).
Her love of business and technology took her to great heights and served her with great accomplishments.
Her thirst of knowledge for the Native Americans earned her love and respect from several tribal families and earned her a daughter and granddaughter status. Pow Wow was always a very happy time for her. A positive time to reflect on family, friends, and life.
Her love of crafts brought her great and meaningful accolades from family, friends, and clients. No one could make a wedding bouquet like her. Always personalizing them with special loving keep sakes.
She was preceded in death by her father Kenneth, paternal grandparents Perry and Katherine (Coleman) Prather, maternal grandparents Mary Lou Edwards, E.W. “Buck” and Rose Ann Richards, Aunt Tina Short-Tuttle, Cousin David Lee Short and nephew Tyler Joseph Courtois.
She is survived by her husband Jinx, parents Mary and Dan (“Pops”) Nieman of Bella Vista, AR, daughters Savana, Ashley and Heather Fletcher of Lowell, AR, step-daughters Courtney (James) Brewer of Lake City, AR and Jackie (Dyllan) Weston of Jonesboro, AR, brother Brandon J. Courtois of Potosi, MO, step-sister Shannon Nieman of Schaumburg, IL, step-grandparents Vernon (deceased) and Mae Nieman, step-uncles Mike (Kathy) Nieman, Greg (Wendy) Nieman and Chuck (Bobbi) Nieman, cousin James (Wendy) Short of Bonne Terre, MO, nieces Shayla and Madelyn (Maddie) Courtois, Charlotte Nieman, Haylee Cabrera and Reagan Short, cousins, Jessi (Marcos) Berroteral and Maddie Nieman, nephews Logan and Jaxen Courtois, Jaren Wilkerson, James and Nick Short, step-nephews Brock (Sierra) Nieman, Rodney (Megan) Nieman, Chad (Molly) Nieman, Christopher Nieman, Rory Nieman and Cody (Savanna) Nieman, sister-in-law Janelle Wilkerson-Courtois, granddaughter Elizabeth (Bug) Weston and her loving and constant companion Bába.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284