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Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home

1751 Dave Ward DR, Conway, AR

OBITUARY

Maria Lynn Alderson

October 26, 1962February 12, 2020
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Maria Lynn Alderson, Conway AR After 57 years of life and love, Maria Maxwell Alderson passed peacefully in her home surrounded by the love of her family after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Maria’s courage was an inspiration to her family and friends. Maria’s life was lived through spreading joy and kindness as a wonderful Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Friend. Maria was also a teacher and a successful log home entrepreneur. As a dealer for Honest Abe Log Homes, Maria loved helping people realize their dream of building a log home; and she loved working with her friends in the building process and at the company. Maria treasured helping people, and she had a special gift for designing and decorating homes. Maria is survived by a large extended family including husband Mike, son and daughter-in-law Zach and Sarah Alderson, daughter Mikayla Alderson, and granddaughter Paisley.

A private family Celebration of Life Service was held at Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family wishes any donations or memorials be sent in honor of Maria to Hospice Home Care, Conway Branch, 821 A North Creek Drive, Conway AR 72032 for the love and kindness of her three nurses Kaitlin, Sara, and Angela.

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Karen Stewart

February 22, 2020

Maria was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her smile was contagious....not to mention her laughter and huge compassionate heart. For her loved ones, know that she loved each of you deeply and spoke of you often, especially her children , grandchild and husband. Maria and I were true friends and had something that few people ever realize in their lives. She was "Maria Lynn", "My Maria" "My Bestie" and I was her "Electrical Ear" friend. I would need to write a novel if I started on the memories. We jumped off the highest bluffs and dreamed the biggest dreams ..not a day goes by... past, present or I expect future, that I don't think about her....a song, a breeze, a sound, a river, a sunset, a storm, a cabin, a flower, a laugh, a sweet southern draw.... will bring back vivid memories of our life time friendship. I guess to sum it up "we bloomed in each other's presence." Much love to family and friends and my hope is that each of you will hold your relationships dear and dare to love and connect with another...trust...hope...live! Karen

Kay Roseberry

February 21, 2020

I have never been one to have a loss for words.
But today as I scroll through many pictures I only have precious thoughts and great memories.

Maria loved her family and friends. She loved sharing her talents of crafts.
She taught me how to make floral arrangements. She encouraged me to start painting again. She inspired me.

We would have talks and enjoyed our visits.
Maria glowed in my life. I love her. I love her family and I know she enjoyed her life. She was happy. I will always remember her beautiful smile.

Joshua Beasley

February 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Maria and Mike on their first log home when Maria became a dealer for Honest Abe. I hadn't been with the company long and we had an opportunity to learn a lot about the process together. She was one of the most personable, motivating and encouraging people I've ever had the honor of working with.

It was a great moment for everyone when Maria was awarded Dealer of the Year for Honest Abe in 2008. The company as a whole was proud and excited for her, mainly because of the way she always treated them, with kindness. Everyone loved Maria and wanted to work on her projects. I do not ever recall Maria making a harsh comment about someone else, or anyone making the like toward her. Even when something didn't go quite right, Maria found a way to work though it with grace, compassion and an incredible attitude.

As simple as these things can sound, they're probably some of the hardest to accomplish in our life's journey. She did it so well, and made us all better for knowing and working with her.

Over the past several years we hadn't worked that closely together, but nevertheless Maria had a profound impact on my life. She was an incredible lady, a friend and someone I looked up to. My best to the family and prayers for comfort and encouragement in the time ahead.

Claudia Johnson

February 18, 2020

The Aldersons' former lakeside cabin in Arkansas was featured in Log Cabin Homes magazine in November 2017.  I had the pleasure of interviewing her about about the design and building of just the home they'd dreamed of since their honeymoon. It was a pleasure spending time talking on the phone over those several weeks as we looked though photos of the cabin and she shared her memories of time spent there with Mike, Zach and Mikayla. I am honored to have written this story, "Honeymoon Dreams," which can be read on the Honest Abe Log Homes website at this link: https://bit.ly/2uMuTla.

Judy Zorn

February 17, 2020

I met Maria in 1st grade at Amboy elementary. We were in school together for 12 years. She was always so sweet and pretty. I have not seen her in 39 years since we graduated high school. But to all of her family and friends I am so sorry for your loss. I am heart broken. She will be missed! But we will see her again some day. Prayers....

Terrie Strain

February 17, 2020

Mike,
Prayers for you and the family.

Susan Davis

February 16, 2020

Although our time was short you made me feel so loved. I so miss the late night text and call sand waiting for you to call me back from your late night run for bisquets and jelly. We had so many things that we were going to do, those shopping trips, crafts at the cabin and Disney on Ice shows with the grands. Enjoy "The Dance" sweet sister.

Cheryl Wineland

February 16, 2020

I loved Maria from the day I first met .her She stood by my side when I remarried and our boys played together often at Mike and Maria's Van Buren home.Maria and I took a day trip to Beaver Lake around 1997. We walked, talked, and shared a bottle of wine..She got all tickled when she pointed out I had on two different white canvas shoes!! I had worn them all day and hadn't notice. We giggled like school girls. I will miss her loving spirit and her sweet smile.She was a beautiful lady inside and out .Fly high sweet Maria.

Karen Johnson

February 16, 2020

I loved that lady and really didn't know her that well. From the moment Sandy and I met her, she became our friend. She loved life and always spoke of her family. I sold her log home at Burnt Ridge and told her then that building a log home was my dream!! Once we purchased our land she was the first person I called. She helped us build our dream home and stood by us every inch of the way. She was such a talented decorator too. I am so sorry to you the family for your loss. She will never be forgotten.

Stephanie Crouch Rainey

February 16, 2020

I’m so sorry for the family’s loss and I’m sending thoughts and prayers your way. I have such wonderful memories of times we spent together when we were kids. Running the mountainside at the “farm”, running the neighborhood with all the other kids, running away from a UFO (swear it’s true...Maria and I talked about it last time I saw her!) We did a lot of running as kids! She was a wonderful sister and I’m sorry we didn’t see each other more as we grew older. We’ll hang out when I get there, Maria! Love you!

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