Marlene Bratton of Little Rock passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Heaven received one of the best on this date.

Doris Marlene Bratton, better known as Aunt Marlee or Meme, was born February 13, 1942 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to the late Henry and Telsie (Deckard) Warren. She grew up in the Ida community and graduated from Concord High School soon after her 16th birthday. Marlene received her BSE from Arkansas State Teachers College, now University of Central Arkansas, in 1962. She was extremely active in the Baptist Student Union during her years at ASTC and was president of SNEA her senior year . Marlene taught elementary school in the Little Rock School District, primarily second grade, for over thirty years, retiring in 1997. She helped mold and touched many young lives in these years.

In addition to being a devoted teacher, Marlene was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and mother-in-law. Marlene was one of those rare individuals that saw only the best in everyone and always placed other’s needs before her own. Her family and friends were always the most important things in her life. She doted on her grand children and was happy to tell anyone at any time about their accomplishments. Marlene looked forward to the family reunions at Thanksgiving and Christmas and she made sure that everyone received a present from Santa.

Marlene leaves behind her husband of fifty six years, Douglas; a son, Lance and wife Melissa of Little Rock, two grand children, Alexandria and William, brother Glenn Warren and wife Barbara of Ida, sister Linda Johnson and husband Charlie of Little Rock, uncle Dewey Long and wife Carolyn of Heber Springs, best friend and teaching buddy, Rena McMurray, and several cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews along with many friends. A special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Avenir Memory Center assisted living in Little Rock.

A visitation will be held from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Wednesday May 20, 2020 at Olmstead Funeral Home, with a graveside service following at 1:00pm on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in the Antioch Cemetery with Rev. Audie Long officiating.

Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home.

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