Phyllis Arnold

PEORIA - Phyllis C. Arnold, 80, of Peoria died at 6:35 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Venice, Fla.

She was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Fairmont, Ind. She was the daughter of Homer and Esther Pauline (Briles) Riggs. She married Norman E. Arnold on Oct. 28, 1978, in Bryant, Ind.

He survives along with four children, including two daughters, Linda (Mark) Helmick of Marquette Heights, Ill., and Asazalia Forney of Greenville, Ohio; and two sons, Nathaniel (Pam) Arnold of Venice, Fla., and Norman D. (Marcia) Arnold of Greenville, Ohio. There are nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren surviving. One sister, Sharon Ricketts of Muncie, Ind., also survives.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Phyllis worked as head of the cash department of the Venture Store in Peoria, then worked as a manager at the K's Furniture Mart in Peoria for several years and retired from Foster and Gallagher in Peoria.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Pastor Mark Helmick will officiate. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay, Ill.

Memorials may be made in care of the family.

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Funeral Home

Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home
2408 West Willow Knolls Drive Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 691-3456

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 19, 2011