Mattie Sue (Emory) Anthony, 86, of Bismarck passed away on July 20th peacefully
in her sleep with her family by her side.
Mattie Sue was born in Bismarck, Arkansas on November 11, 1932. She married
Dale Anthony on December 23, 1950 and was two weeks from celebrating her
wedding anniversary of sixty-six years when Dale was called to his heavenly
home. Mattie Sue and Dale married at ages 18 and 20 and spent their life living
and working on the farm. As most wives and mothers, Mattie Sue cared for the
family home and their three children but she also shared in the day to day
demands of farm life whether it was bailing hay, feeding the cattle, or helping
Dale with milking of the dairy cattle. There wasn’t a job that Mattie Sue couldn’t
do or help Dale accomplish on the farm. On July 20th, she joined Dale in their
heavenly home. We don’t know if the home is on a farm, but we are certain that
joy is overflowing.
Mattie Sue is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Anthony; son-in-law Greg
Hughes; parents, Odis Emory and Carrie Emory; sisters Marie Faulkner and Louise
Mattie Sue is survived by her son Bob (June) Anthony of Arkadelphia; daughter
Beverly (Steve) Mayfield of Bryant; daughter Lynn Hughes of Bismarck; grandson
Kyle (Mitzi) Overturf of Bismarck; granddaughter Ashlee (Andy) Vaughan of
Arkadelphia; grandson Jordan (Leanne) Anthony of Hot Springs; granddaughters
Taylor Hughes and Allison Hughes of Little Rock; great grandsons Jackson Overturf
and Sawyer Overturf and great granddaughters Carsyn Vaughan and Cannyn
A celebration service of Mattie Sue’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday July
23rd at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at New Bismarck
Cemetery in Bismarck. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at the
funeral home. Those wishing to sign Mattie Sue’s guestbook may do so at
Pallbearers are Kyle Overturf, Jordan Anthony, Andy Vaughan, Danny Crow, Steve
Mayfield and Leon Thornton.
The family expresses special thanks to Ursula Collins for her love and kindness and
to the all of the staff at Twin Rivers Health & Rehabilitation for the care and
support given to Mattie Sue over the last five years.