Shirley Ann Stowe-Rains
Shirley Ann Stowe-Rains has lived in West Fork since 1977. She and her husband George have been together for 61 years. In telling her story, Shirley says, “We came here to Arkansas in ‘68.” Shirley is “in the know” about West Fork and the surrounding areas because she has been in the real estate business for many years and enjoyed meeting and getting to know people all across Northwest Arkansas.
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Shirley enjoyed That Place and felt disappointed when it closed. She also enjoys Jake’s and West Fork Cafe and is looking forward to the opening of the new Harps, Subway, and gas station in West Fork.
She is blessed with a large family that lives in Northwest Arkansas. She has 6 great grandchildren, 3 grandchildren, and she and her husband raised 3 children of their own, Georgie, Doug, and Sharene. Shirley’s life has not been without struggles. She and George lost Doug when he was just in his 20s.
Shirley recently visited the Crystal Bridges museum. She loved the art and is eager to return and see more of the grounds there. She firmly believes the museum will continue to bring the local area together.
She has sold houses and properties in West Fork and all over the area, including Fayetteville, Farmington, Bentonville, Rogers, and Bella Vista to name a few. Sometimes she’s involved in the River Valley area real estate to best serve her clients. She first began a real estate career in 1978, but has done office work, retail, and even been a manager of four retail divisions. Shirley returned to real estate employment in 1984. She has been actively involved in real estate since then and worked for Lindsey since 1987.
She’s seen many changes in Northwest Arkansas as a whole, and specifically West Fork over her time here. She says, “540 made this area,” and it continues to grow with new stores coming in to West Fork. She loves “small towns” and believes they are an important part of the larger community in this area. “I enjoy real estate,” she says. “I don’t ever stop.” Shirley is energetic and has an interest in nutrition as it relates to good health and longevity. She actively supports West Fork businesses.
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