of Batesville, AR
July 7, 1925 - January 23, 2023
Polly Whitmire Evans Livingston passed away on January 23, 2023. Polly was born in Saffell, Arkansas near the community of Strawberry, Arkansas on July 7, 1925 to Azro and Dove Irene (Edwards) Whitmire. Polly was preceded in death by her parents; her four brothers, Grant, Millard, Melvin and Alfred; two sisters, Louise and Betty Ann and two half-brothers. In 1944 Polly met and married George Maxfield "Budge" Evans. Together they had two daughters who survive her, Suzanne Evans Blair (David Blair) of Batesville and Anne Elizabeth Evans (Talmadge Wright) of Santa Rosa, California. Besides her daughters, Polly is survived by her two beloved grandchildren, Geoffrey Maxfield Blair of Batesville and Madeline Evan Mahrer of Pasadena, California.Budge and Polly were together for 24 years before divorcing. Polly then married J. Fred Livingston, Jr. of Batesville. Their 15-year marriage proved to be the happiest time in Polly's life. Following Fred's death, Polly became an active and passionate volunteer in her community. She led the way for women, by taking the helm in local community organizations. She was the first woman President of the Batesville Country Club and the Batesville Chamber of Commerce. She was the first woman accepted into the Batesville Rotary Club in 1989 and later she became their first female president from 1996 to 1997. Polly also gave much of her time to the Business and Professional Women's organization of Batesville, the American Cancer Society, the First United Methodist Church, the Batesville Area Arts Council and the Old Independence Regional Museum, among others. Polly valued education and provided generous support to the University of Arkansas, Lyon College and UACCB. Polly loved to laugh, spend time with her family and work for her community; she was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Her family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Eagle Mountain Assisted Living and Woodlawn Heights, as well as deep gratitude to Jennifer Gillihan for her love and care of Polly to the end.Visitation will be on Thursday, February 2, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home and the funeral on Friday, February 3, at 2:00 pm at the Roller-Crouch Chapel.Pallbearers are Sam Cooke, James Morgan, Glen Pool, Jeff Showalter, Steve Wright and Talmadge Wright. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Batesville Rotary Club.In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Rotary International or the Old Independence Regional Museum.
Beautiful Polly! A wonderful friend to my family during my growing up years in Batesville. Many fond memories. Condolences to Susie and Libby.
I am sorry to hear about Miss Polly my mother and Aunt(Emma Jo and Erma Jo Chrìsco) had known her for year. I am sorry for your loss you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Fly to the angels Miss Polly The family is in my thoughts and prayers
I will always remember her as the mother of two incredibly talented, intelligent and beautiful daughters, and a dedicated volunteer for this community. We will miss Polly.
Dear Friends, I am so sorry for the loss of Polly’s light in the world. What a life she lived! She was a remarkable woman and a trailblazer. She will be missed. Sending love and condolences.Betha
Love and Prayers for Pollys family,An incredible loving and sweet lady sadly missed. God bless you all during this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with each of your families. Polly was a neighbor for several years when I lived on Dogwood Drive. She will be missed in our city and community.
God bless. My thoughts and respect are with Libby and the family.
Miss Polly was one of my “Mom’s” after my mother past away when I was 12. When I was older and worked for the paper it was so good to visit with her at different events in Batesville. She will be dearly missed. Prayers to the family
I love Polly. She and I worked the County Elections for many years. She was a wonderful person.
Polly & my mother, Sylvia Crosby, became good friends after my father passed away. She had many holiday meals, and non holiday, at mom's house. I loved to visit with her, she was an amazing woman. I feel very blessed to have known her and will forever greatful of the friendship & support she gave to mom.
The world has lost one of the hardest working committee members, community builders and mentor and a lively and lovely soul. Blessings to the family
I feel blessed to have known her. May God best her family during this difficult time and in the days to come.
Our mother, Sylvia, loved Polly and counted her as a dear friend. I am so sorry for this tremendous loss. She was beautiful and truly one of a kind. I know her presence in Batesville will be deeply missed. But Sylvia and Polly are laughing together again now and that makes me happy.
Polly was a jewel. Her wit and smile always present and always dressed to the nines. Brimming with confidence she embraced challenges. I will miss my friend Polly.
Enjoyed friendship with Polly: funny, caring, loving & unassuming! She shared a Thanksgiving & Christmas meal with us at our home. My husband was a member of Rotary Club--that's how we met. Oh & what a fashionista!
Sorry for your loss. Polly was a jewel in this community. She always wore a smile and time for conversation. She will be greatly missed.
Ms Polly was a great mentor and example for us younger ladies. She took me under her wing when I joined Rotary. I will never forget her or the woman she was. God Bless. She will be missed.
We will miss you Polly! I have known you since 1996 and relish the times we had together. I always admired your determination and strength as being a powerful woman breaking barriers for other women to follow. Your humor and your concerns always struck the right note. You have lived a long life and now pass into the ages, for the next step of your journey. As we say goodbye always remember that we loved you and cared for you.
Ms. Polly was always smiling & generous with her conversation when I checked her out at Walgreens.. She also came to a lot of our ECW lunches & meetings at St Paul's back in the 90's... She was friends of all who ever crossed her path. Sweet Lady, God has welcomed her home
I am sorry for your loss. Polly was such a beautiful lady. She meant so much to the Batesville community.
She was quite a lady and we enjoyed her immensely and always enjoyed her smile! When I was a Rotarian, she always sold tickets to my parents and my parents always bought from her than me! When I confronted her about her selling techniques, she would just laugh and giggle. How Linda and I loved that lady!
We will always remember Prolly. Starr and I had many a good time together with Polly. God bless you all.