Marvilla Ann Spann Trickett was born in Bellingham, Washington, on December 30, 1958. Marvilla moved often in her early life as she and her family followed her father’s U.S. Air Force career to posts around the world. She made friends wherever she went and brought joy to anyone lucky enough to be captured by her beautiful smile and effortlessly engaging manner.

Marvilla found both a calling and a career in styling hair. She had endless curiosity about new techniques and trends, winning numerous certifications and awards during her time behind the chair. Her work also brought her brushes with fame. Clients in the film business sought her talents to groom celebrities such as Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid when they traveled in support of current movie projects. However, there was no such thing as an everyday client to Marvella: Everyone in her chair was treated like a movie star.

Marvilla’s greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her husband John, of Charleston, her beloved daughter Dariele Auteri of Fayetteville, step daughter Erin Trickett of Albuquerque, N.M., parents John and Sally Spann of Charleston, and siblings Javonnie San Delaney of Dallas, TX., Nevada Rei Spann of Austin, TX., and Jon Stefan Spann of Waco, TX., as well as her longtime companion in mischief, Fleetwood Mac. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also had special places in her heart.

Marvilla passed away August 25th, 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. Funeral arrangements are pending through Smith Mortuary in Charleston.

Memorial service honoring Marvilla’s life was held at 2PM Saturday September 14, 2013 at Smith Mortuary, Charleston, AR.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 South M Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903. The House has graciously agreed to accept donations toward the goal of naming their wig salon in Marvilla’s memory.