Marye Jo Stetzer

August 30, 1927August 19, 2020
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Marye Jo Stetzer, 92, of Little Rock passed away August 19, 2020. She was born on August 30, 1927 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to parents Millard and Katherine McLendon. She was a member of the Methodist faith.

Marye Jo worked for the Arkansas Department of Health for over 50 years, never missing a day and was still going in daily until she was 90 years old. She loved to travel and also loved to watch her game shows on television. More than anything else in her life, she loved her children and her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marye Jo is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rich Pharris; brother, Sam McLendon and her grandchild, Tracy Holden.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael Stetzer (Peggy), Eric Stetzer (Tracy) and Scott Stetzer; grandchildren Caleb Sawyer, Nicole Stetzer and Jacob Stetzer.

A Memorial service honoring Marye Jo will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, August 31st at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Rd. in NLR. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online guestbook at


  • Millard McLendon, Father (deceased)
  • Katherine McLendon, Mother (deceased)
  • Rich Pharris, Husband (deceased)
  • Sam McLendon, Brother (deceased)
  • Tracy Holden, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Michael Stetzer (Peggy Stetzer), Son
  • Eric Stetzer (Tracy Stetzer), Son
  • Scott Stetzer, Son
  • Caleb Sawyer, Grandson
  • Nicole Stetzer, Grandaughter
  • Jacob Stetzer, Grandson

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  • Memorial Service

    Monday, August 31, 2020



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Reginald Rogers

September 14, 2020

The Stetzer Family : Marye Jo was a wonderful person who brightened everyone's day at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) ! She was a very hard worker at ADH as exhibited by her over 50 years of service to the State. I enjoyed working with her. She is now reunited with her beloved husband Rich who died suddenly on his lunch break near ADH. I remember that Marye Jo took the loss very hard. Marye Jo was a fun person as shown by her anklet that she wore. She will be greatly missed. May she Rest in the Peace of Christ ! Reg Rogers, ADH Legal

Ramona Green

September 1, 2020

I was blessed to have know Marye Jo for 18 years. Whenever I would come to LR I would pick her up and we would go to lunch or dinner. We met at an ASEA conference and bonded. I worked for the ADC and I would assist her with items and she would help me. I loved her and we always told each other. I will miss her along with so many others. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless

Mark Wilson

August 31, 2020

My wife and I met Mary Jo when we went to work at the Arkansas Department of Health Public Health Lab. My wife had the pleasure of working with her for 6 years and I got to know her through my wife. Not only was she a co-worker of ours but she got to be a family friend outside of work. We shared many lunches and dinners together and she even spent a week with us at our family farm when she retired. She blessed our family with her wit and warmth and I will miss her hugs and jokes. Rest in peace Mary Jo. We love you and will miss you and our prayers go out to her family and friends.

Lisa Holt

August 30, 2020

Marye Jo Stetzer was another mother of mine. She was an icon at the Arkansas Dept of Health and loved by everyone that knew her! Her wit was unmatched, even if you heard her jokes before, you couldn't help but laugh again!!! She loved her bright colors, heels and jewelry. Today is her 93rd birthday and she always threatened me if I told that out loud. I sent her roses when I could and promised her I wouldn't publicize her age every year! Sorry MJS, words out now! I was fortunate to go see her just before she left LR to go to Jonesboro to be with her sons. She knows I loved her immensely so that helps. A piece of my heart goes with you Marye Jo 💔

Barbara Smith

August 30, 2020

Marye Jo was one of a kind. She was the sweetest lady. She was the most honest person I know. She told it how it was and I loved her to pieces for it. She never knew a stranger. She always had a smile on her face for anyone she came in contact with. I loved her to pieces. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My thoughts a prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

Anita Fuller

August 30, 2020

To know Marye Jo was to love her. She was one of the most upbeat persons I've ever known,
upbeat in the face of personal adversity.....Always a smile and a nice word for everyone.
I worked with her at the Ark. Dept. of Health in Jonesboro for many years; traveled to the health depts. all over the county and to Little Rock.
I kept in touch with her thru the years, but to my regret, didn't call her to chat for the past years. She'll be remembered by me - as the only person in Jonesboro who slept thru the terrible tornadoes that destroyed half of Jonesboro, including the high school.

Carolyn Williams

August 30, 2020

I worked with Mary Jo for over 30 years at ADH. She was a joy to be prayers are with the family during their time of sorrow..

Elizabeth Wilson

August 30, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of Marye Jo. She and I worked together for the last 6 years of her career at ADH in the same department and we became very close. We went to lunch together and became concert buddies. I invited her for a week year before last to spend with my family on our farm in the country. We never hung up the phone that she didn't tell me she loved me and I told her the same. I feel lost without her to call. She was a beautiful person. My whole family loves her. The world is a little less colorful these days. My prayers are with her family and the huge amount of friends she had. Rest in peace, Marye Jo. I love you.

Jean Miller

August 30, 2020

Marye Jo was a beautiful lady with a Kind, loving heart. She was easy to love. She always had a smile and kind words. Prayers for her family and those who loved her and will miss her.

Cathy Johnston

August 30, 2020

Loved this woman. Always made us laugh, even if you had just met her. Never a dull moment with her. ADH will truly miss her as well as all her friends and family. May God give the family peace and comfort during this time.


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