Obituaries

Marjorie B. Sharp

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Marjorie ("Marge") Brown Schultz Sharp passed into eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 19, 2017 in Maumelle, Ark. Born in Rosebud, Ark., on June 8, 1925 to Elmer Brown and Edna White Brown. Preceded in death by parents, beloved stepfather Theron Johnston, and brother, Gerald Brown. Marge grew up in Arkansas and Tennessee. After graduating high school in 1943, she attended National Business College in Knoxville, Tenn. She was recruited from business college to work at Oak Ridge, home of the Manhattan Project in WWII. Marge was there on V-J Day in 1945 when Japan surrendered. Her family returned to Arkansas in 1946 and she worked as a medical secretary at UAMS and for private practice physicians. For 20 years, she was the medical office manager for the late Dr. Howard Schwander. Marge took early retirement to take care of her ailing mother until her mother's death in 1987. When her granddaughters were born in 1989, she became a full-time "Nana". A lifelong Southern Baptist, she was a member of Markham Street Baptist Church. She was very active in Home Missions, calling on homebound members who were too physically infirm to attend church, until her later years when she herself became homebound. Marge was proud that her Single Seniors Sunday School class worked closely with the Cayce Ministry of Thornton, Ark., to help serve the needy. She was a member of the Avant Garde Chapter of the American Business Women's Association for 28 years. She was particularly interested in building their scholarship program for deserving young women. Marge received the honor of Woman of the Year. Marge was married to the late Harold Schultz and the late Milton Sharp. She is survived by her two beloved daughters, Marjean Rowe and Gerri Ringgold (Kenny), granddaughters Laura Rowe Zollers (Dan) and Lindsey Ringgold Jordan (Drew), and great-grandson Hayden Jordan. She is also survived by her lifelong friends – "sisters of the heart" – Peggy Gustison, Linda Patterson, and Audrey Henry, all of central Arkansas, and Thelma Padgett of Tennessee. Loving gratitude to her dear friend Vance Marker, whose care and friendship was treasured through the last years of her life. Visitation will be Friday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m. and funeral Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m., Little Rock Funeral Home, followed by internment at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cayce Charities, 403 S. Second St., Thornton, Ark. 71766, Markham St. Baptist Church, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., (501) 224-2200. Marjorie's online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.

Published April 23, 2017