Margaret Anne Cathey Rolleigh, 89, of Heber Springs, a former Benton resident, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011. She was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Thornton, Ark., to the late C.W. (Wash) and Pearl Payne Cathey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lawrence Rolleigh Jr.; one son, Eugene Lawrence Rolleigh III.; two sisters, Maurine Williams and Miriam Josey; and three brothers, Clyde Cathey, Hubert Cathey, and Donald Cathey.
Mrs. Rolleigh is survived by two sons, Dr. Richard Rolleigh and wife Anita, and Louis Rolleigh and wife Larissa; seven grandchildren, Chad Yoder, Michael Rolleigh, Nathan Yoder, Taylor Munro, Dylan Rolleigh, Evan Munro, and Logan Rolleigh; three great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Rolleigh was raised in Camden, Ark., graduated from Camden High School in 1939, from Arkansas A&M Jr College in 1941, and from UALR in 1969.
Mrs. Rolleigh and her late husband, Eugene, made their home in Bauxite following the war where she was actively engaged in her church and community for the next 65 years. Led strongly by her faith she stayed active in her church throughout her life, serving as a board member, Bible School superintendent, and Sunday School teacher in the Bauxite Methodist Church, and later with First United Methodist Church in Benton. She was a member of the Covenant Sunday School Class and stayed in contact with her great friends in that class even after her health failed and she moved to the Southridge Assisted Living Center in Heber Springs to be closer to her sons.
Anne was known throughout Saline County as a person of immense energy who lived to help others, particularly the disadvantaged and children. She began her professional life as an elementary teacher in Bryant and Bauxite schools, became a home visitor for first the Paron Schools Enrichment Program and later for the Office of Economic Development, then spent several years as a child welfare officer with the Arkansas Department of Welfare in Saline County. She also enjoyed several years in the 1970s and 1980s as head of the pages in the Arkansas Senate.
Perhaps her biggest impact was made through her constant leadership in volunteer service. She helped collect donations for many charities like the Cancer Drive, Heart Fund, and March of Dimes. Mrs. Rolleigh served on the boards of directors for the Saline County Boys Club, Police/Citizen Council, state Counseling Clinic, Arkansas State Hospital Auxiliary, and the Saline County Library. She was active in the PTA and the local Scouting program, serving as den Mmother for the Cub Scouts.
Mrs. Rolleighâ€™s leadership included the creation of several programs that have had a lasting impact on multiple generations of Saline County citizens. In Bauxite she helped found Teentown providing teens and pre-teens with a safe environment for fun and socializing. She helped found the Red Cross swimming program and as a water safety Instructor personally spent over 3,000 volunteer hours and taught thousands of children to swim in the county. She organized the County Intra-Agency Council to foster cooperation between service organizations. She helped bring the Boys and Girls Club to Benton and worked tirelessly to make it successful. She is a charter member, founder, and former president of Churches Joint Council on Human Needs and worked directly with those families in need of their services. She also led the acquisition of a new CJCOHN facility in 1994.
Her many honors included the Governorâ€™s Volunteer Excellence Award, the Arkansas Council of Community Mental Health Distinguished Service Award, the Saline County Boys Club Outstanding Service Award, and the Saline County Outstanding Citizen Award.
Anne Rolleigh loved people, and she loved life. Family was important to her and she frequently gathered with her siblings and all their extended families for fellowship and all types of games and activities including camping, golf, and swimming. As busy as she stayed with work and volunteer service, she spent time and shared life every day with her husband and family.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at New Rosemont Cemetery, 1010 Military Road, Benton.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Churches Joint Council on Human Needs, 103 E. Elm, Benton, AR 72015, or Boys and Girls Club of Saline County, 105 Cox St., Benton, AR 72015. Online guest book: www.olmstead.cc.