Marilu Ives, 79, of Hot Springs, formerly of Stuttgart, passed
away Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in
Marilu was born November 14, 1932, in Stuttgart to Edward
Williford Harper and Vera Bellville Harper who preceded her in
death. She was a graduate of Stuttgart High School and a
At the age of 20 with four children and only a high
school education and married to a young farmer that did not
graduate high school, but had a dream to become a millionaire,
no one would have predicted Marilu would become the heart and
soul of a couple that would become one of Arkansas’ great power
couples. Together they made the perfect team – he had the dream
and business sense and she had the compassion and goodness to
generate loyalty and trust needed in a growing business.
Together they built a transportation company and other
businesses to satisfy her husband’s dream all while staying true
to her dream of being a good daughter, sister, wife, mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother, and good friend
to all who needed one. She was an inspiration and example
to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her true
essence is what every good person wants to be and she will live
on for generations through the examples she set.
She and her husband were owners of Terminal Truck Brokers
which evolved into Harold Ives Trucking, and she was president
of the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association. In later years, she was
an amateur bass fisherman and a good crappie jerker.
Survivors are her husband of 62 years, Harold Ives; three
sons, Tommy (Donna) Ives of Hot Springs, Garry (Gina) Ives of
Stuttgart and Larry (Michelle) Ives of Wheatley; one daughter,
Sharon (Darrell) Dickson of Brinkley; one brother, Sam Harper of
San Francisco; one sister, Susie Grizzle of Nevada, Missouri;
eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Baugh, Jacqueline Ives,
Clint (Michelle) Butcher, Heather (Eric) Burns, Daren (Charlie)
Ives, Brett (Dagian) Barker, Tina (Ryan) Harvey and Deena
(Shane) Fisher; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services, officiated by Ray Vester, are 3 p.m.
Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Turpin Funeral Home.
In lieu of
flowers, her family requests that memorials be made to Arkansas
Hospice, 300 Werner St., Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913, or
Amercian Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock,