Marlis Ketrow

Marlis Hair Ketrow

Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Marlis Sue Hair Ketrow died Sunday, Aug. 16, at her mother’s home in Springdale, Arkansas. She would have turned 65 on Aug. 21. The cause of death was ovarian cancer.

Marlis was the oldest child of Dorothy Haller Hair Morris and the late Joseph C. Hair. She was born in Little Rock, but grew up in Stuttgart.

At the time of her death, Marlis was a coordinator for building services at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Prior to joining the university, Marlis owned Flamingo Flowers in Marion and spent many years as a property manager in Memphis and Seattle.

As a teen-ager, Marlis enjoyed participating as a ballet and toe dancer in talent and beauty pageants. She was Miss Arkansas County in 1973. After her high school graduation, she spent a few years traveling throughout the United States before returning to Little Rock. She later lived for several years in Seattle, where her three children were born. In 1995, she moved to Memphis.

Marlis was a funny, well-read, creative person who was as unique as her name. Although she was quick to challenge rules she found cumbersome or silly, Marlis could care deeply about the welfare of others. For example, in her final days, she worried that a visiting nurse might be exposed to illness because Marlis wasn’t wearing a mask.

After moving to Fayetteville, she and her daughter, Blake, enjoyed uncovering treasures at local thrift stores and yard sales. Marlis used her decorator’s eye to turn her small, unremarkable apartment into what a colleague described as “a magical house.”

In addition to her mother, Dorothy Hair Morris, of Springdale, and her daughter, Kelsey Blake Mitchell, of Fayetteville, Marlis is survived by her son Daniel Adam Mitchell of Oregon, her son David Logan Doolin of Conway, and her sisters Rhonda Houser of Lowell and Denise Horton of Athens, Ga., as well as several nieces, nephews and their children.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Those who would like to remember Marlis, may contribute to a local animal rescue organization or simply remember one of her favorite sayings: If you’re a grown-up and you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.
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Blake Mitchell

Posted at 11:57am
My mother, Marlis, was one of the most amazing people I have ever known, she was my best friend in the world and I will miss her every day for the rest of my life. Mama always encouraged me to travel and to experience as much of the world as I possibly could and I will continue to do just that. My life will never be the same without her, but I will carry her with me every day in my memories.

Stephanie Gahagan

Posted at 01:48pm
I just found out that Marlis passed from a friend in Stuttgart. Please tell Aunt Dot how sorry I am. Love Stephanie Gahagan

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