February 11, 2007
Celia Alta Haskins married Orval E. Faubus in 1931. The newlyweds moved to Huntsville (Madison County), where Orval was elected circuit clerk and recorder. While he served in World War II, Alta fulfilled his elected duties. Alta Faubus became the state’s first lady in 1955. As first lady, she was involved in a number of activities, including volunteering at the Training School for Girls and serving in an advisory position on the state Board of Mental of Health. She also was a leader in the development of Arkansas Head Start. She and Orval were divorced in 1969.