MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - Former Arkansas State Senator Vada Webb Shield of Mountain Home died Monday at her home, at the age of 91.
She was a founder and owner of Shield's Furniture Company in Mountain Home and a prominent figure in Arkansas politics. She began her career in public service in 1935, in Izard County. She later served as Treasurer of Baxter County, before becoming the first woman to be elected to both the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives. She served Baxter County in the Legislature for more than 20 years, and helped sponsor the legislation which created Arkansas State University-Mountain Home as well as North Arkansas Community & Technical College in Harrison. She also was responsible for the legislation that led to the construction of the twin bridges over Norfork Lake and many other highway projects in north-central Arkansas.