Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home

4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR


Madolyn Jean Rolison Milstead

August 3, 1943February 3, 2020

Madolyn Jean Rolison Milstead, 76, of Alma, passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 in Fort Smith. She was born August 3, 1943 in Clarke County, MS. She was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother, and had been a nurse for over 40 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alma, and a volunteer at Community Outreach in Alma. She was preceded in death by her mother, Velma Smith Rolison; three sisters; and four brothers.

She is survived by three daughters, Marcie Dean and Stacie Moffett, both of Alma, and Evron Sampson of Hot Springs; a son, Thomas Milstead of Bismarck, AR; stepchildren, Nikki Milstead of Florida, and Dan Milstead of Virginia; a sister, Byrtie McLemore McPhail; two brothers, John Smith and Roger Rolison; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Alma. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

The family will visit with friends prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 6, at the First Baptist Church of Alma, 211 North Mountain Grove Road, Alma.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 6, 2020


Madolyn Jean Rolison Milstead

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Linda Peevy

February 5, 2020

Madolyn, was my best friend. I loved her. She was always taking care of me, I would tell her she was retired from nursing. She would laugh about that. I am going to miss her so very much . We walked all the time, we have had a lot of good talks & laughs on our walking trail. I have a little dog he loved her & she loved him. We will both miss her so much. We were always laughing about something that she had done. I will never forget her she will always have a place in my heart. I know she is in a beautiful place with lots of flowers & birds because she loved them. No more pain Madolyn you are in Gods Care.

Carol Johnson

February 4, 2020

Madolyn was an exceptionally kind and gentle woman. One of the first people we met when moving to Hot Springs from Texas, I'll always remember her wonderful Christian spirit and her heart for God. She chose a profession that allowed her to absolutely be herself by helping others. Madolyn always had a kind word and a warm gesture. Take your rest with the Father my dear friend. You will be missed by so many.

Debbie Mclemore Ryals

February 4, 2020

We called her “ Aunt Polly”. I can remember when she graduated nursing school. She was the first in her family to attend college. She came to visit my Mom and Dad in Meridian and they took a picture of her in her cap and gown. She visited us often in Meridian and I babysat her little ones during those visits. She also picked me up from UAB hospital once when it was difficult to find a ride after discharge.
Since then, our lives have taken us miles apart but we always enjoyed catching up at family reunions. I loved her and I hope she knew it. She will be missed but is currently enjoying her own reunion with her Mom and siblings who went on before her in that heavenly choir!!

Derek Herndon

February 4, 2020

I met Madolyn while working for a moving company. I never would have met any of her family if it wasn't for that. I realize now how important that day was. Over the next few years, I became a part of the family. She helped me on my feet when I had no where to go, and I am forever thankful for her and all that I had gained in our meeting one another. She's a beautiful soul.