of Little Rock, AR
September 15, 1929 - September 27, 2021
Marilyn Mathis Webb Buffalo passed away peacefully on September 27, at the age of 92. She was born on September 15, 1929 as the first child of Horace Wynn Mathis and Mary Eleanor Pope Mathis of Cotton Plant, Arkansas. Marilyn and her brother William "Bill" grew up on the family farm before Marilyn left to attend school-first to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, followed by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she met her first husband, James V. "Jimmy" Webb Jr.After college, Marilyn and Jimmy settled in England, Arkansas, and upon Jimmy's death in 1967 she dedicated herself to raising their five children on her own. She eventually moved to Little Rock and remarried to Vann Buffalo. Marilyn and Vann retired to Scott, where their home on Old River Lake served as the hub and gathering place for an ever-growing extended family. Marilyn was beloved by her friends and neighbors in Scott and for many years she was a dedicated member of her congregation at All Souls Church. Over nearly a century of life, Marilyn adapted herself to extraordinary challenges with grace and good cheer. She enjoyed family history and genealogy, and was the repository of a great store of collective memories from its many branches. She took joy in country life and loved to be near birds, flowers, and the lake. Her home was a welcome refuge for those that that walked on four legs as well as on two; Marilyn was the kind of woman who always left food for the kitten on the porch and who always took up the lost dog from the highway. She had a trusting nature, and her door was never locked. It was impossible to pass through it without her gently insisting that you have some coffee, tea, or cocoa. Marilyn's constant warmth and generosity made the world a kinder place for those she loved, and she will be remembered for it. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, brother, first and second husbands, step-daughters, Martha Buffalo Baxter and Sharon Buffalo Bowden, and her grandson, James Steven Webb. She is survived by her five children-Susan Webb Cowling (Dan Cowling), James V. Webb III (Cathy Webb), Hallie Webb Lindsey (Bruce Lindsey), Thomas Barton Mathis Webb, Mary Patricia Davis, and her step-daughter Nance Buffalo Siems, eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to All Souls Church, 4601 Walkers Corner Rd., Scott, AR 72142, or to a local animal shelter of your choice. A graveside service will be held at Mulberry Cemetery in England on Monday, October 4 at 1030. Arrangements are by Roller-England Funeral Home, 501-842-3939.
Susan, Jim, Hallie, Bart, and Pattie, So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was such a sweetheart and alway so good to us when we would stroll through her kitchen at all hours of the day and night. Never failed to offer a sweet smile and something to eat and drink. I know she will be missed.
Dear Hallie and Patti and all the family,Thinking of you today as you lay your precious mother to rest.She was a true treasure . I know that you all know that most certainly.I have wonderful memories of teaching music to Marilyn's girls. She was so proud of all of you. She was a very special woman. A rare and admired woman of substance.God bless you all this day.
Cathy, Jim, Kevin and Webb family, Marilyn was a beautiful woman inside and out. I know you have many wonderful memories that will help you through this time. My hope is that you carry on the family traditions that she started. Love and peace to each of you.Peggy and Eddie Peek
To the family, Ms Marilyn was a beautiful soul. She always had such a warm and kind smile and helpfulness to all. Her o outset summed up who she was perfectly. May you all find comfort in the legacy of her life. Most Sincerely, Paula Axley Greenbaum
Patti and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you, as you say good bye to your beautiful mother.
Remember Mrs Buffalo with much Love.praying for the Family.
Peace to you, Pattie and family, as you gently release your sweet Mom to a higher prayer and a quiet rest.
I've loved Cousin Marilyn since my childhood. She was a beautiful Southern lady.