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story.lead_photo.caption Betty Fowler in 2004 - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

Former KARK host and longtime Arkansas musician and entertainer Betty Fowler died Saturday.

Fowler, who in the 1950s hosted the children's show Betty's Little Rascals as well as KARK-TV's Little Rock Today, was 91.

An obituary that ran in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette noted that Fowler's hosting duties on KARK included performing in live commercials, playing piano and interviewing celebrities ranging from Liberace to Bob Hope.

Fowler also performed in a band, The Betty Fowler Four, and served as the musical director for the Miss Arkansas Pageant for more than 20 years.

At an 89th birthday party in 2014, Fowler reminisced about her career, including her time on KARK and a stint hosting The Farkleberry Follies, a theatrical show that spoofed Arkansas politicians and other newsmakers.

"I can't tell you how much fun this has been for me today," she said then.

Fowler's obituary said she "will forever be remembered and treasured for her lifetime love and devotion to the world of music, both in performing and in the teaching of music to others."

Fowler died at Good Shepherd Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock.

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  • ARMNAR
    April 18, 2017 at 12:36 p.m.

    A hero and early mentor of mine. Rest in peace, dear lady.

  • WowJustWow2017
    April 18, 2017 at 1:09 p.m.

    What a talented, kind woman. We were lucky to have been in her presence.

  • HarleyOwner
    April 18, 2017 at 5:18 p.m.

    I remember watching her as I was growing up. Anyone else remember "Billy the Boom Mike" she had on her show? RIP

  • HM2
    April 18, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.

    Darn you Armnar, Every so often you and I agree on something. Ms. Fowler was one sweet lady; I had several occasions to meet her and cherish each one. She will be missed.

  • Knuckleball1
    April 18, 2017 at 8:19 p.m.

    Rest in Peace...!!!! She will be missed...

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