Marie Gay Caldwell, 86, of Rose Bud, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Searcy HealthCare Center in Searcy, Arkansas. She was born April 15, 1927, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, a daughter of Marvin Jackson Gay and Lois (Henderson) Gay.
Marie was a Godly wife, mother, and granny, who was loved by all who knew her. She was employed as bookkeeper at Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville, Arkansas, for many years. She retired in 1992 after 20 years as bookkeeper for Caldwell Milling in Rose Bud, Arkansas. After retirement from Caldwell Milling, she continued to work with her husband, Bill, at their ranch (Caldwell Brangus Ranch), registering their cattle as well as doing the bookkeeping.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William H. "Bill" Caldwell; her first husband, Orth McGee; and one sister, Jessie Mai McGahhey.
She is survived by son, Henry Caldwell (Reta) of Rose Bud, AR; daughter, Peggy Brewer (Jim) of Capitola, CA; brother, Marvin Lorell Gay (Pattye) of Benton, AR; four grandchildren, William H. "Billy" Caldwell, II (Robin) of Rose Bud, AR, Lanelda G. Caples (Brian) of Rose Bud, AR, LaDonna Marie Cole (Blake) of Romance, AR, and David J. Brewer (Kandis) of Woodstock, IL; eight great-grandchildren, Seth Caldwell, Sarah Caldwell, Caleb Caldwell, Brett Caples, Carissa Caples, Alyssa Brewer, Andrew Brewer, and Alec Brewer; and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs, AR. Service was Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rose Bud Assembly of God Church in Rose Bud, AR, with Rev. Doug McClure officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Bud Cemetery. Jerry Hall, Lester McGahhey, Stanley Caldwell, Harry Caldwell, Brian Caples, and Blake Cole served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Caldwell, Lanelda Caples, LaDonna Cole, David Brewer, Seth Caldwell, Sarah Caldwell, Caleb Caldwell, Brett Caples, Carissa Caples, Alyssa Brewer, Andrew Brewer, and Alec Brewer. Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home. www.olmstead.cc