Elva Arline Cooper Collatt

Elva Arline Cooper Collatt, 101, of Haskell passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Arline was Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church’s oldest member.  Born Oct. 4, 1912, she was the firstborn of seven children of Dock Washington Cooper and Adelia Delena Phillips Cooper.
After raising a family and being a housewife for many years, Arline worked in retail clothing sales in Benton until retirement. Across the years she created many beautiful quilt tops and finished quilts of various patterns.
Whether talking on the phone with the countless friends for whom she served as a sort of anchorwoman, or traveling, or camping out, she was never without a quilting bag filled with pattern pieces, cut and ready for sewing.
For years she was a dependable participant in local quilting circles, at which meetings the other ladies always looked forward to her homemade custard pie. Arline attended many gospel singings in and around Saline County.  She was also a faithful alto singer for gatherings around the family piano.
On Oct. 12, 1930, she married Dave Collatt, who preceded her in death in 1990.
Arline is survived by her children: Evelyn Callahan and husband Larry, Marilyn Murrow, and Kenneth Collatt and wife Judy.
Other survivors include five granddaughters, Dana Compton (Kevin), Cheryl Jones (Eddie), Paula Bean (Danny), Tamara Lunsford (Charles), and Amity Farr (C. J.); several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fairplay Cemetery, 8516 Fairplay Road. 
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Ashby Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arline’s favorite causes, Texarkana Baptist Orphanage, 5401 E. 9th St., Texarkana, AR  71854; or Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 245 Mt. Harmony Drive-Haskell, Benton, AR 72015.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Family comments:The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Heartland Rehab in Benton, to the team from Saline Memorial Hospice, to the late Dr. Brian Sudderth and to Dr. Evelyn Cathcart for the care and support they provided during the last few years. A special “thank you” also goes to Geraldine King and Rita Scoggins from Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church for visiting Arline every week.