Susan L. Mahar Eads


1948 – 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Susan Louise Mahar Eads died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Dec. 5, at home in Fayetteville, Ark., due to complications of cancer.

Susan was born in Lewiston in 1948, the youngest of four girls and two boys.

After graduating from Lewiston High School, Susan left Maine to pursue a degree in education in Georgia, where she met her husband, Freeman Eads. Susan and Freeman authored two books while attending Valdosta State College.

After graduating, Susan and Freeman moved to Arkansas for careers in public education and started what became known as the “Eads Pig Farm” on their property on County Road 570. Together, they raised hogs, cattle, horses, geese, ducks, dogs, cats, plenty of debauchery and the occasional lost college student. It was often noted that Susan and Freeman were a pair who could beat three-of-a-kind at any table West of the Mississippi.

Susan retired from the Rogers, Ark., school system after working as a special education teacher for many years.

Susan only drove Ford tractors, John Deere mowers, could always be seen carrying a red box with red lettering spelling “Winston” and she tried her best to tolerate Democrats. She also considered herself somewhat of a daredevil. Her favorite words were, “Watch this.”

Susan was predeceased by both of her parents; her brother, William; and her husband. She is survived by a brother and three sisters, many nieces and nephews, a smattering of grandnieces and grandnephews and a cat named BillyBob. More important, she wants Alyce to know that she has always been the bigger Red Sox fan.

Instead of soliciting donations for her favorite charity, Susan has two requests: first, that you have a big party for absolutely no reason and second, that you attend at least once, the annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump, which happens every October.

Susan will take her coffee with an extra shot of heavy whipping cream and she will take it to go.