Margaret Ann Spell Matthis, 71, of Little Cypress, passed away Thursday, June 20,  at the White County Medical Center in Searcy, Ar. Born on July 31, 1941 in Orange, to her parents, Eugene “Blackie” Spell and Violet (Perry) Spell, she was a longtime resident of Orange. She was of the Christian faith, and a homemaker. Margaret enjoyed listening to Cajun music and spending time with her family.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norvin Matthis; sister, Dot Foyle; mother-in-law, Blanche LeDoux and brother-in-law, Kirk Bishop.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Stacey Ellis and husband, Richard; son, Brent Matthis and wife, Sharon; sister, Carolyn Colburn and husband, Jeep; sisters-in-law, Naomi Barnes and husband, Cecil and Sherry Bishop; brothers-in-law, Lyles LeDoux and James Foyle.

Other survivors are her grandchildren, Rachel Ellis, Madison Ellis, Adam Ellis, Ethan Ellis, Ashley Cummings and husband, Michael, Kimberly Partee and husband, Brian and Stephanie Goodwin and husband, Willie; and her great grandchildren, Lillian Walton, Kamden Jensen, Aaden Cummings, Noah Cummings, Americus Partee, Alex Partee and Gabrielle Goodwin.

Margaret is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.

Services by which to honor her life will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 26, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Mike Umbenhaur, officiating. A gathering of Margaret’s family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Interment will follow services, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Honoring Margaret as pallbearers are Adam Ellis, Donny Mayo, J.J. Colburn, Robert Nelms, Madison Ellis and Richard Ellis. Honorary pallbearers are Margaret’s lifelong friends, Carol Daigle, Claudine Hogan, Joyce Kelley, Gloria McAlum, Brenda Patterson, Maribelle Yerby, Faye Parish, Linda Brymer, Lois Barr, Vallie Francis and Lois Hogden.

Margaret’s family wishes to thank the staffs of the I.C.U., and the two North Hospice at the White County Medical Center for their care and compassion given to Margaret in her final days.

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