Eliza E. Van Cleve

December 21, 1921May 12, 2019
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Eliza E. Van Cleve of Sherwood passed away Sunday, May 12th at the age of 97. She was born in Pulaski County to parents James and Grace Beall. A lifelong resident of Arkansas, she worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone until her retirement. Eliza loved all things that sparkle, fresh strawberries and feeding the hummingbirds. She especially loved to entertain friends and family, gardening and sewing.

Eliza is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, David Beall and Denzal Beall; sisters, Pearl I. Johnson and Hattie McMahen; her beloved husband John Van Cleve and daughter, Johny Leah Van Cleve.

She is survived by her son, Ralph Harrison Van Cleve and daughter, Iree Van Cleve Elkins; Grandchildren, Vanessa V. Hawkins, Vonda K. Rainey, Byron C. Van Cleve II, Emmaline Van Cleve, Ralph Van Cleve II and Jet Nacole Van Cleve; Great Grandchildren Sarah Grace Hawkins, Leah Hawkins, Rachael Rainey, Ryan Rainey, Reyli Van Cleve, Emily Valdez Van Cleve and June E. Van Cleve along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her family is rejoicing that she is now resting peacefully in the care of the Lord.

A memorial service celebrating Eliza’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16th at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 8300 Kanis Rd., Little Rock with the Reverend Robert Cook officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to GIG, Growing In Grace at St. Andrew’s. Please share your memories online at


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Heather Eubanks

May 22, 2019

I'm so sorry I missed the service. Aunt Eliza was very special to me and would call me from time to time to check on me and the family. I know she is going to be laughing and love catching up with Johny Leah, Uncle John and Grand June. Love you all and hold you on my heart and prayers

Anise Pippin.

Marcy Block

May 15, 2019

Whether talking to Eliza in person or on the phone, I was blessed by her positive outlook, her wit, her humor, her precious memories, and her firm belief in our Lord. Eliza will be sorely missed!

Marcy Block

May 15, 2019

Ye Must Be Born Again

We thought we were gifting her
As we stopped by to pay a Sunday afternoon call
To the one who’d prayed so fervently
For Oscar, our newest grandson.

Eliza roused herself from the shadow of the armchair
That dwarfed her.
With skin as white as her shirt was black,
She preached as eloquently
As a preacher ever preached,
Of Jesus’s love for her,
To have died on the cross for her.
And she held a white Kleenex to her eyes,
As if in total surrender.

At ninety-seven, with a heart so tender,
Total surrender is possible.
I pray that Oscar will someday reach that point.

Marcy Block
September 16, 2018

Ginger Ritchie

May 15, 2019

Eliza = LOVE!!! What a joy just to be with her! Thank you, God, for the privilege of knowing and worshiping with Eliza🤗🙏🏻👌❤️ Ginger

Brenda Staton

May 15, 2019

Every time I saw Mrs. Van Cleve's name on my schedule, I looked forward to visiting with her! Eliza was such an interesting lady! We live close to each other so she told me to come over and get some Coneflowers from her to plant in my own yard and I did! I still tell the joke Eliza shared with me about the old lady that was trying to impress her suitor that came to visit. (The old lady had placed a needle on the gate post) As the old lady and her suitor were rocking on the front porch, the old lady said "Carl, I do believe that is a needle out on the gatepost!" Of course, Carl was so impressed with the old lady's eyesight! After a while of rocking, the old lady asks Carl if he would like to go inside for a glass of sweet tea? As they walk past the kitchen table, the old lady yelled " Cat! Get down off the table and she proceeded to knock off a "pitcher of milk" off! hehehehehe The reason Mrs. Eliza told me the joke was because we had been discussing me seeing deer in her yard and she told me the evening before she had yelled and yelled trying to scare the deer away so they wouldn't eat her flowers and she was surprised that they were not even startled by her yelling! The next morning she realized that it was not deer after all! She had forgotten that her Crepe Mrytles had been trimmed and she thought that they were deer! hehehehehehe She was such a sweet and lovely lady and I know you all will miss her very much! I know she is with her creator and would not come back if she could! We will see her again, one day! Prayers for her family! Brenda at Dr. Joe Pabian's DDS

Pat Dyer

May 14, 2019

Dear Sweet Eliza, it’s been such a joy to know you and spend time with you through the years. You always greeted us with your beautiful smile, showering your love upon us. We had so much fun folding service booklets with you at church every week for years, remembering how you had to tell Iree to quit visiting and get back to work! We’ve had so many good laughs together! Now we know you’re rejoicing with the LORD and being showered with His everlasting love. In Christ, Jim and Pat

Karren Emmert

May 14, 2019

Aunt Hattie, Eliza, Pearl the sisterhood. We always looked forward to going to see a auntHattie and her sisters. They were more than sisters they were true neighbors. Watching out for one another sharing their love of nature their stewardship of what they had been blessed with. They are together again and that warms my heart.

Susan Reasoner

May 13, 2019

Thank you, Iree for that photograph from the mantelpiece of you beautiful mother, Eliza. She was beautiful inside and out, always greeting you with a compliment, giving warm welcome and generous affection.
I treasure visits to her house at the edge of the woodlands among the flowers . Those visits were joyful times, because Eliza and Iree are so very dear and our conversations always centered on the goodness of God . He was the unseen guest and His presence was always there with us. God and the girls! What a great fellowship. And the circle will not be broken. We all will be reunited at the Lamb’s High Feast.