Susan Miriam Pfeifer

Obituary Notice

Susan Miriam Pfeifer, artist and merchant of Little Rock, died December 3, 2004. She was born in Little Rock, the youngest of three children of the late Harry William and Raida Cohn Pfeifer and grandchildren of Harry William and Heloise Kaufman Pfeifer and Albert Daniel and Marcuse Stifft Cohn, members of prominent mercantile families of early Little Rock. Susan was a graduate of Dana Hall in Massachusetts, attended the San Francisco Art Institute, Vassar College in New York and graduated from San Francisco State College. Susan was the owner operator of the Design Center and part owner of M.M. Cohn Company where she once was the gifts buyer, and manager of the Oklahoma City and El Dorado stores. Her weavings and pottery have been exhibited and are in collections throughout the world. She was a member of the American and Contemporary Crafts Councils, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society and Congregation B'nai Israel and served on the boards of and did volunteer work for the Arkansas Arts Center, Central Arkansas Library System, UALR Friends of the Arts, Planned Parenthood, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, Arkansas AIDS Foundation and Friends of the Zoo. 

Susan is survived by her son William Bradford Sherman and wife Christina of Little Rock and Christina's children, Harrison Burgess and Madeline Claire Baber, one brother Harry Donald Pfeifer of Little Rock, one sister Marcuse Lucille Pfeifer of Kingston, New York, an aunt Rosa Pfeifer Isacson of Nashville, Tennessee, nieces; Jennifer Maddox of Little Rock, Debbie Li of Kirkland, Washington, Pamela Pfeifer of Little Rock, Jessica Pfeifer of Baltimore, Maryland, and Gwen Pfeifer of Willimantic, Connecticut, nephew Paul Pfeifer of Little Rock, three great-nephews, four great-nieces and special friends Robert Deaton and John Leftwich. Along with her parents and grandparents, two aunts, Miriam Cohn Phillips and Lucille Pfeifer Rosenfield, also predecease her. 

There will a visitation Tuesday from 5 to 7pm at Ruebel Funeral Home followed by a memorial service Wednesday at 11am at the Ruebel Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

Memorials in lieu of flowers should be made to the Susan M. Pfeifer Horizons Fund, 425 West Capitol Avenue Suite 3801, Little Rock 72201.

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  • Dear Pfeifer and Sherman families, Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love, 
    Laura Pruitt Joseph and Brad Joseph
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
  • To Susan's Family and Friends, May you find peace and solice in knowing that Susan touched so many lives in a positive, helpful and cheerful manner. She brought much good to many people and will be missed by many of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Esther Gordon
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • I was so sorry to hear about Susan. I did not know her personally, only through business, but I could tell she was a very special and caring person and I enjoyed working with her and The Design Center. My thoughts and prayers are with Susan's family and friends.
    Scarlett Ray 
    Meadors & Adams, Inc. 
    Little Rock Arkansas 
  • Dear Brad, I was very sorry to hear of your mother's death. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know.
    Kay Kelley Arnold 
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
  • Dear Brad and other members of Susan's family, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Susan was a wonderful person and a gifted artist. It was my honor to call her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan will be greatly missed.
    Nancy DeLamar 
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
  • Gilbert Blass Cohen 
    Houston, Texas 
  • Brenda Turner
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • I have known Susan before we were in the first grade together at Forest Park School....I have enjoyed seeing her so often in the last years....She always had a smile...she was always glad to see her old friends.....I just loved her!!....I am very sad that she is no longer brightening our lives.......I will miss her at all our future reunions and get togethers...she was always there....
    Judy Stout McCarthy
    Shreveport, Louisiana

  • Susan, we will miss you much, but thankfully have 5 weavings and 5 ceramics, and 5 or more ornaments for our Christmas tree each year. I know Raida and Henrietta were thrilled to see you again; plus countless others too! You left a tough act to follow in the creative world that we are still living in. Faye Pfeifer and John Darraugh have found you by now too. Now you can weave clouds for us!!!!! Love, Glenn, & Bob.
    Glenn West 
    Little Rock, Arkansas



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