August 19, 1933 - March 18, 2021
Funeral services for Mrs. Delia Dean Schellenger Arnold were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in the Chapel of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville, Chaplain Tim Shields of Serenity Hospice officiated. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball, under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville.
Mrs. Arnold, 87, of Ball, entered eternal rest on Thursday, March 18, 2021, in her residence with her loving family by her side.
She was a graduate of Pittsburg State University in Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, majoring in psychology and English. She was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, honorary fraternity in English, and Psi Chi, honorary fraternity in psychology. Later she did graduate work in counseling at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. She taught school in Arvada Junior High School, Arvada, Colorado. She was a 4-H club leader for ten years in Monte Vista, Colorado, and also worked for the Colorado State Agricultural Department.
When the family moved to Louisiana in 1977, she taught at Tioga and Pineville High Schools as a substitute teacher, then worked with the Girl Scouts for ten years as a Public Relations and Adult Development Director. Following her retirement in 1998 she did volunteer work at the camps. She served the council as a member of the Board of Directors until her retirement in 1998. She received the "Thanks Badge" which is the highest award given to adults in Girl Scouting. She also was given the Continued Service Award in 1993 and the Continuous Service and Support Award in 1999.
She was a former member and pianist for the Worldwide church of God for forty years. She enjoyed many hobbies such as leather carving and gardening and had a life-long passion for stamp collecting. She loved flowers and was always excited to see her Christmas cactus bloom...which usually happened at Easter time!
She and her husband traveled extensively, visiting, and exploring the United States from coast to coast, as well as the Caribbean and Hawaii. Her particular interest lay in the buildings and customs of the Native Americans. She was a woman who hated to be idle and even spent her last month's writing a book about her experiences and insights during her illness. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray Schellenger and Lenora Huffman Schellenger; one brother, Warren Schellenger; one sister, Beatrice Rogers; and daughter-in-law, Becky Arnold.
Those left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory include her loving husband of sixty-five years, Gilbert Arnold, of Ball; three sons, Stephen Arnold, of Alvin, TX., Peter Arnold, of Cleburne, TX. and Roger Arnold and his wife, Tammie, of Ball; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Rush Funeral Home, Pineville, on Monday, March 22, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and resumed on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. until time of service.
Pallbearers honored to serve were Chris Arnold, Micah Arnold, Peter Arnold, Roger Arnold, Jeff Schellenger and Ray Schellenger. Honorary pallbearers were Barrett Arnold and Stephen Arnold.
Friends may post online messages of condolences for the Arnold family by visiting www.rushfh.com