Helen Louise Arnold, 86, of Vernon, died on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Twin Willows Nursing Center in Salem.
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Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka. Burial will be in Marshall Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Price officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Friday, both at the funeral home. Memorials: Passages Hospice, Marshall Creek Baptist Church, Centralia Humane Society or the family.
Mrs. Arnold was born on Oct. 29, 1927, in Bloomington, the daughter of Jeff and Rachel Ann Galiher Ward. She married Robert Q. Arnold Jr. on June 28, 1979, in rural Vernon.
She grew up in Bloomington and lived in Salem until moving to Vernon in 1979. She worked for Brown Shoe Co. as a shoe cutter for more than 20 years, and also worked for the Patoka Labor Local for many years. She was a member of Marshall Creek Baptist Church and Salem American Legion.
In her spare time, she made more than 400 quilts and donated them to many service personnel around the world, as well as to local people in need.
She is survived by sisters, Mary Geneva Williams, and Doris and her husband Jim Purcell, both of Salem; daughters, Cheryl and her husband Robert Thomas of Robinsville, N.C., Cindy and her husband Glen Anspach of Salem, and Carla Burgess-Stransky and George Pontious of Vernon; stepchildren, Doug Arnold and his wife Diane of Odin, John Arnold and his wife Tonya of Salem, and Diane Sechrest of Salem; grandchildren, Rodney Harvey of Salem, Jeff Anspach of Salem, Gala and her husband Dustin Rose of Iuka, and Rachel Stransky of Salem; stepgrandchildren, Grant Arnold of Salem and Michael Arnold of Odin; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Marion Ward, George Ward and Roy Ward; sisters, Nola Olsen and Ruth Mulvaney; and husband.
Day Macz Funeral Homes
311 N. Pine
Sandoval, IL 62882
Published in The Leader-Union on Dec. 4, 2013
Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11, 2013