Mary Louise Farris Sawaya Long, age 91 of Maumelle, Ark. passed away on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. She was born to the late Mike Farris and Monnie Shamoun Farris on May 18, 1929.
Affectionately known as Mary Louise, Louise, and Weezie, she grew up in Clarksdale and became known throughout the entire country as a very social, caring, and loving person who will forever live in the memory of her loving family and the scores of friends whose lives she has touched forever. Ever the socialite, “Ms. Merry” was a 15-year resident of the Mountain Terrace Estates Community where she lived a very active and social lifestyle.
Family and friends were Weezie’s passion and delight, and she was especially proud of having raised three loving children as a single parent. She was also ever proud of her Lebanese heritage and was honored to travel to Lebanon to honor her parents and meet her extended family. Known as a wonderful cook, she introduced her family and friends to the joys of Lebanese and Southern cooking, and sometimes even shared her secret recipes. Witty and positive, Louise often shared her pearls of wisdom through almost endless metaphors about life and meaning. While too many to mention, we will all remember her advice that in life, you have to take “the bitter with the sweet.”
Weezie loved to sing, dance, and travel and was particularly fond of playing cards and doing a daily crossword puzzle. She was politically astute and generally had an opinion about everything – including the state of her beloved Dallas Cowboys.
Survivors include her sister, Jeanette Chilli of Hyannis, Mass.; her three children, Denise (Charlie) Brown of Maumelle, Ark., Michael (Leslie) Sawaya of New Orleans, La. and George (Kendra) Sawaya of San Francisco, Calif.; and grandchildren Matthew Tyler Brown, Emily Brown, Miles Sawaya, Meade Sawaya, Peter Sawaya, Georgeanne Sawaya, and a number of other loving relatives and close friends.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last days. Mary Louise requested for a celebration of her life to be held in Clarksdale in May where her ashes will be interred next to her parents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Louise may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations may be made at https://www.stjude.org/.