Ivana Irene (Rodgers) Salmans

June 15, 1948 ~ March 2, 2020 (age 71)


Ivana Irene Salmans, 71, of Russellville, died Tuesday, March 2, 2020, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.  The daughter of Clyde and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Rodgers, she was born June 15, 1948, in Merced, CA.  She was a chef by trade, and affiliated with the Presbyterian faith.

Ivana and her late husband, John, were passionate about volunteerism. They received the Volunteers of the Year Award from the Norfolk Veterans Home in Nebraska, and they both worked closely with Stephanie's Miracle In Loving Ecline (SMILE), an organization that specializes in horseback therapy for handicapped children.  Ivana was very civic-minded and community-oriented, volunteering often with the American Cancer Society and caring for animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 29 years, John Ernest Salmans, Jr.; and a grandson, Shane Jones.  She is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Kalik of Oregon City, OR; and Samantha MacDonald (Gordon) of Walla-Walla, WA; her son, Scott Charles Brown of Riverside, CA; a granddaughter, Shelby Conway; numerous other grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to:  Kindred Hospice of Russellvile Arkansas, 3801 West Main, Russellville, 72801; or, SMILE, Inc., 54646 832nd Road, Madison, NE 68748.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.  No visitation or service is being planned.  Internet obituary and online guestbook are available at

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