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ENID ARTIS-ARREDONDO

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Enid Elsie Rose Artis-Arredondo Age 87, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2014. She was born March 14, 1926, in London, England, to David and Elsie Newman. She survived much adversity in her long life including the Great Worldwide Depression, WWII, and many life threatening physical issues, but she always had a kind and loving heart. During WWII, Germany launched a destructive air campaign to prepare an invasion of England. London became the chief target, thus her family evacuated to Corfe Castle Dorset in southern England. Later there, she met an American GI (Everett Artis), who was preparing for the Normandy invasion, and became a war bride. In 1946 a ship packed with English war brides sailed to the USA. Enid was on her way to be reunited with Everett in Chicago, Illinois. Everett died in 1992. In her grief, Enid later went to the Steilacoom Community Center and was seated next to Angel Arredondo, who had also lost his wife. They married five years later. It was the first marriage within the then 25 years Center's operation. Enid was a homemaker who raised four children but found time to volunteer as an elementary school teacher aide, a nurse aide at Lakewood General Hospital, a librarian and daycare worker at Lake City Community Church, a worker at the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop, and a secretary at the Tacoma British Wives Club. She was a generous person who gave to many worthy organizations. She loved sports, especially tennis and English soccer. She loved to travel, especially to England and San Diego. She was well read and a wiz at trivia tv shows like Jeopardy. She loved movies and was a Hollywood trivia walking encyclopedia. She loved all kinds of music, especially Elvis, Beatles, Moody Blues, and Foreigner. She was an avid gardener and loved her fragrant roses. Enid is survived by her husband Angel Arredondo and younger sister Brenda Gavril-Neale, who lives near Brisbane, Australia. She is also survived by her sons Lindsay Artis, Dean (JoAnn) Artis, David (Beverly Artis) and daughter Darlene (Sam) Starbuck. She is survived by grandchildren Lacey Artis, Adam Artis, Diana Artis-Hood, Jason McNaughton, Heather Seewald, Tanya McKinney, Morgan Artis, and Aaron Artis. Finally, she is survived by great-grandchildren Brianna Boone, Makenzie McNaughton, Maizie McNaughton, Meagan McNaughton, Matthew McNaughton, Emma Seewald, Connor Seewald, Troy McKinney, and Abigail Artis. Enid had many friends over the years, but was especially close to Barbara Aldridge, Dorothy Sotak, and Elnora Medley. She had many pets, but was especially fond of her beautiful 12 year old white feral cat, Daisy Mae. The family would like to thank the Lakewood St. Clare Hospital and the University Place Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care staffs for their kind end of life care of Enid. The family would especially like to thank her loving husband Angel for all the sacrifices he made and the care he gave to Enid over the past several years. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 1:00 pm in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect animals in the wild.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Feb. 2, 2014
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