Melinda Pillstrom

Melinda Pillstrom, who resided in Branch, Arkansas, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born April 8, 1952 in Fort Smith.

Melinda graduated from Charleston High School in 1970 and soon thereafter became a wife and mother. When her children were older, she attended nursing school and attained her LPN certification and began a career caring for the elderly that spanned 30 years. She retired as the Director of Staff Development at London House in Sonoma, California in 2007. She cared for her many patients over the years with great compassion and devotion. She comforted them with the assurance that Jesus loved them and held many of their hands as they passed from this life. She absolutely adored her grandsons and cherished the time that she and her late husband spent with them. Melinda enjoyed the outdoors, horses, and was an avid reader. She had an infectious laugh, a kind, gentle soul, and a loving and generous heart. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Pillstrom; her mother, Peggy Buckner; and her brother-in-law, Keith Quick.

Memorial service will be 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 15, 2014 at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston.

She is survived by her daughter, Dana Armitage and son-in-law Johnny, grandsons Brady and Brett of Sonoma, California; her son, Dwight Pillstrom and daughter-in-law Carole, grandson Warren and Carole’s children, Aaron and Becca Wooten of Charleston and a step-son, Lance Pillstrom of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also survived by her father, Everett Buckner of Charleston; her sisters and their husbands, Melissa and Tom Wattinger, Mary Ann Quick, Manda and Mark Holt and Martha and Raymond Hudy, all of Austin, Texas; her brother, William Buckner and his wife, Lee of Charleston; her sister-in-law, Sally Jones of Charleston; former daughter-in-law, Libby Schmalz Pillstrom and a bunch of nieces and nephews.