Melva Ann Catterton, 80, of Piggott, Arkansas, passed away March 22, 2020, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
She was born on August 18, 1939, in Piggott, Arkansas, and was the daughter of Jessie Earl “Pete” and Leona (Crittendon) Vaughn.
Ann was united in marriage to Paul Catterton on September 28, 1957.
She was preceded in death by her father, Pete Earl Vaughn, mother, Leona Vaughn; husband, Paul Catterton; son, Nathan Catterton; brother, Gene Earl Vaughn; and sisters, Ella Mae Craig, and Bonnie Louise Vaughn.
Ann was an active member of Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church in Piggott, Arkansas, for over 40 years. She shared her faith teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, making dishes for potluck meals and decorating the church’s bulletin board. She was also a member of Red Hats Society and was active in many veteran’s group over the years. A highpoint of her life was achieving over 5800 volunteer hours at VA Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ann was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and attended many of their celebrations throughout the years. She was generous with all her family members remembering birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. She made quilts for all her family members and friends. She often made baby quilts for new arrivals at her church.
Ann was a very social person, and never met a stranger. It wasn’t unusual to find her talking to complete strangers, learning their life stories and later building friendships from chance encounters. She had waitressed at Hunt’s Log Cabin and worked at the family bait shop. If you met Ann, she was your friend and would do anything she could to help you. She was always thinking of others. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include her sons, Paul Catterton, Jr. and wife Katrina, of Foristell, Missouri, and Sterling Catterton and wife Lisa of Marmaduke, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ben Catterton and Stephanie of St. Joseph, Missouri, Kristel Roberson and Zachaery of Columbia, Missouri, and Ashley Catterton and Janet of Marmaduke, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Piper Roberson of Columbia, Missouri, Casey Simpson of Marmaduke, Arkansas, and Madison Simpson of Marmaduke, Arkansas; brother, Timothy Vaughn; sisters, Sandy Scheffler and Gary of McDougal, Arkansas, Jeanette Ray of Piggott, Arkansas, Kay Ricks of Republic, Missouri, and Jane Matney of Wichita, Kansas; aunt, Ava Crittendon of Piggott, Arkansas; nieces, Marilyn Bell and husband Richard of Cave City, Arkansas, and Debbie White and husband Jerry of Bernie, Missouri; and many other relatives and friends.
A private service was held under the direction of Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home in Piggott, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church, P.O. Box 152, Piggott, Arkansas, 72454, or American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 12345 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 200, Austin, TX 78753.