Nell Arnett

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Arnett, Nell A. (Hues)

Nell Arnett passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 8 in Tucson after bravely facing breast cancer. She was 96.

A native of Santa Fe, NM, and daughter of Mary and Barry Hues, Nell lived in Albuquerque for most of her life until moving to Tucson in 2014 to be near her son, John.

Nell was married for nearly 51 years to Will Seaton Arnett of Madisonville, TX, who died in 1994. They had three children: John, Grace-Marie of Alexandria, VA, & Marvin, who died in 2000.

Nell met Seaton during World War II when Seaton was serving in the then-Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot. He was on leave briefly in Albuquerque when they met, and they married after a few dates and months of correspondence while he was stationed in England and North Africa.

Nell graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1938, attended Albuquerque Business College, and worked at several secretarial jobs before her marriage. Later, she worked as a librarian for Sandia National Laboratories, retiring after nearly 20 years. She also served as president of the Opti-Mrs Club of Albuquerque.

She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was married in 1943. She loved movies, crossword puzzles, her daily "soaps," and eating out. She received wonderful care as she became more frail at Villa Hermosa and later Brookdale Senior Living, both in Tucson, and from the attentive care provided by Heartland Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Presbyterian Church or Heartland Hospice in Tucson. After a memorial service in Tucson at Christ Presbyterian Church, she will be buried beside her husband at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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Christ Presbyterian Church
6565 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85710
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 12, 2017
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