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Dr. Mary Mack Prentice Obituary


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“I shared this with my father, Mary's brother, Terry Mack. Please accept our very belated condolences and know my dad loved and respected Mary greatly. ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Nichols - Austin, TX

“Mary was a dearest friend here in Recife (Brazil). I wish I could have meet her, before today. Missing her very much. ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Gilka Nobre - Recife, Brazil

“Thomas, Renie, and Daniel, my deepest sympathies.on your loss. Your mom was a smart, wise woman. I admired her tremendously. She had the gift of...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Joe Newberry - Raleigh, NC

“Mary could walk into a room and bring happiness with her. She had a wonderful, joyful spirit. She once told me that I had to do that thing that I...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Polly Bakker - Conway, AR

“Dear Renie , I am so sorry I did not know your mother,she sounded so wonderful and accomplished. You were fortunate to have had her so long. ...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Sunny Steed Evans - AR

“I grew up in Horseshoe Bend and Mary was my 12th grade English teacher. She was very interesting and funny. She always had a smile and made...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Paula - Vilonia, AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a special lady. Her wonderful stories made her classes very interesting. She cared for each student and was careful to teach us to...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Alice Clinton - AR

“It is rare that you meet someone as special as Mary. She had so many gifts and talents that it would be impossible to name them all. One of her...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Renee Treadwell - Monticello, AR

“She always had a smile on her face. It seemed like it was coming from within. She was a wonderful teacher. I am so so glad that my daughter Lori...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Tackett - Newbern, TN

“Mary was not only my pastor's wife, but she was also my junior high english teacher. She was easily the most important teacher I ever had. She had...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Lori Miller - Rome, GA

“I first met Mary as a pastor's wife of the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. Then, Dr. Prentice was my instructor at UALR for several...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Patricia A Pennington - AR

“Dr. Prentice was a wonderful instructor during my grad school at UALR. She had a true passion for education, and I have fond memories of things we...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Lisa Martin - Brinkley, AR

“When we lived in Malden Tom and Mary were a very important part of our lives. We have many happy memories that were made at the Malden Presbyterian...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Carl and Joyce Whitfield

“What a joy it was to know Dr. Prentice. She was my adviser in graduate school at UALR. She was a wonderful teacher with a great personality and a...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Susan Bryant - Little Rock, AR

“Gracious, kind, warm, dedicated, student-centered are just some of the words that come to mind when I remember Mary. It was a joy to work with her...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Prichard - Fayetteville , AR

“Thomas, Renie and Daniel - Although it has been many years since I left Malden, I have very fond memories of Mary while growing up there. Her...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: John Lloyd - Eugene, OR

“We are thinking of you at this sad time. She was an amazing lady. Karen and David Perdue ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Karen and David Perdue - AR

“Dear Thomas, Renie & Daniel...I was saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I feel certain she's busy "gracing" all of those who share Heaven with her. ...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Teri Hampton

“I have such fond memories of my years growing up in the Presbyterian Church in Malden. Mary was such a kind and inspirational person. I feel very...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Debbie McKelvey Fischer - MO

“Dr. Prentice was a beautiful lady and an inspiration to us all. Her misson was to help all of us educators understand gifted children. Her words and...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Dr. Steven Wise and Jacqueline Wise - AR

“Renie - Thinking of you during this special time. Your friend, Don ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Don A. Tilton - Little Rock, AR

“Dear Renie, Katie and I are thinking of you and your entire family during what has to be a difficult time. Although we did not know your mother...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Bushmiaer - Little Rock, AR


Dr. Mary Prentice, age 81 of Little Rock, a noted educator of gifted education in Arkansas, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 3, 1931, and died peacefully after a lengthy illness. At age fifteen, she began her college education as the first female to enter Rice University. Shortly after entering college, she met Tom Prentice, a young minister; they married and within 4 years she and her husband (and three children) accepted the calling to enter the mission field in Brazil for several years as a missionary team, where she represented the Church Women United, New York, in Columbia, as Adult Literacy Consultant providing technical assistance, as well as serving as a consultant to the National Presbyterian Church (Brazil) on Literacy. Upon returning to the states and raising her children, she received her BSE and MA from Southeast Missouri State University, as well as other professional training in Brazil, England, Italy, Greece, and Spain. For three years, she served as project director for the newly formed Missouri Migrant Program in Malden, Missouri, a program that taught migrant workers to read and write. On her fiftieth birthday, when others might be considering retirement, Mary enrolled in Purdue University to receive a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology for the Gifted, while simultaneously serving as state director of Gifted and Talented Services for Indiana. Her role in gifted and talented education became her calling. Returning to Arkansas, she taught graduate classes as assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education for Gifted at UALR for over a decade, both on the campus and in every corner of the state, so that working teachers might attend at night during weekdays. During her tenure at UALR, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award for both the College of Education and for UALR in 1990, as well as the Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 1996. She was invited to be the keynote speaker at both national and state gifted and talented conferences and served as a consultant and graduate teacher in Mexico and Alaska for several summers. Mary worked closely with the Aerospace Education Center of Arkansas in outreach programs for gifted students, as well as directing the Astronaut and Cosmonaut Symposium in 1991. Through her contacts with the space program, she was able to provide opportunities for six Arkansas educators yearly to view the shuttle launches with families of astronauts in Cape Kennedy, Florida. She served on many advisory committees, including the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; Leadership Development for Arkansas Academy of Leadership Training and School Board Management; and the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative. She was appointed by Governor Bill Clinton to the Committee for Restructuring School for Higher Order Learning. In 1995, she served as a visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria, for one semester. During her teaching years, Mary was the founding editor of AGEM (Arkansas Gifted Education Magazine) for six years, as well at the author of two curriculum books on applying the multiple intelligence theory for gifted education. She supported the arts by working with Wildwood Park in their outreach to Arkansas schools through planning, securing funding, and presenting workshops on integrating fine arts into the curriculum. Although her work in the areas of gifted education, space education, and fine arts integration was noteworthy, Mary personified service to others as a personal and professional creed by consulting with gifted children in area schools. Known for her gift with words, her profundity of expressions, and her tireless energy, classes and audiences remember her zest for life that was so evident in her personality and her spirit. Mary was a member of 2nd Presbyterian Church of Little Rock. She is survived by two sons, Thomas Prentice and Daniel Prentice; a daughter, Renie Rule of Little Rock; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and students. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 21st at ten o'clock at Second Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be sent to Second Presbyterian Church.

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