Obituary for Sonja McCauley
Sonja McCauley went to be with the Lord on November
14, 2018, just three days after her 78th birthday. Her unexpected
passing was the result of an Aortic Dissection on November 10. She is
survived by her husband of 60 years, William “Bill” McCauley, son
Mike (Kay), and daughters Becky Cranford (David) and Beth Davis (Rob),
as well as her grandchildren: Justin McCauley (Jen), Zac McCauley
(Loren), Hannah Cranford, Ellen Davis Ortis (Andy), Emily Davis, and
Erin Davis. Sonja considered many others to be family, and if you feel
that your name should be included in this list, you are most welcome to
write it in.
Born November 11, 1940, Sonja grew up in Arkansas and met Bill in junior
high school. They graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1958
and were married that same year. As young adults, Bill and Sonja
committed their lives to Jesus and experienced the life-changing power
of a relationship with Him. After starting their family, Sonja and Bill
enrolled at Harding University where Sonja completed her degree in three
years, made the Dean’s List every semester, and had dinner on the
table every night. She went on to earn her second degree at University
of Southern Mississippi as a registered dietician in 1975.
Sonja is remembered by those who love her as a strong, vivacious,
adventurous, and Godly woman. In recent years, she rarely missed her
twice weekly aqua aerobics class, and was a natural at dance class on
Tuesday evenings. She was an excellent gardener and a long time member
of the Little Rock Garden Club. In season, she made excellent
hummingbird food, and was a gracious hostess to her winged friends each
Affectionately called “Grandmurmur” by her grandchildren, Sonja
loved to travel and explore other cultures. She was a life-long learner
and a walking encyclopedia. She also loved to be at home, particularly
when she could host family, friends, or any guest at all. She referred
to her own house as “The Inn.” Above all, she loved the Lord Jesus.
Her love for others, her forgiving heart, and her joy in all
circumstances were evidence of this.
A memorial service will be held at Pleasant Valley Church at 9:00 AM on
Monday, November 19, 2018.