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Melba "Jody" Archinal

1936 - 2008
Melba "Jody" Archinal, 72, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at the Cedars Health Care Center in Lakewood, Colo., after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
She was born on June 27, 1936, in Toronto, Kan., to the late Carl and Edith Taylor. She and her late husband, Edgar "Arkey" Archinal, were longtime residents of Dover, O., where they were known as the former owners of the A&W Root Beer Stand in New Philadelphia as well as operators of "Arkey's Place" near Tappan Lake. Following the passing of her late husband "Arkey" in 1990, with whom she shared 32 years of marriage, Jody was blessed to become employed by Tippecanoe YMCA. It was there that she formed many friendships and became a valued member of the YMCA family.
In 1997 she moved to Granby, Colo., where she worked at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies. She loves spending time with her family and has many close friendships that she cherished through the years.
She treasured the site of the beautiful mountains that surrounded her home in Colorado, animals, boating and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition, she was an accomplished writer of children's books and poetry. She was known for her stubborn yet spunky demeanor, which underneath was a heart of gold and reached out to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. In addition she was extremely hard working and worked full time up until the last few months prior to her death.
She is also preceded by her sister, Linda Keller of Green Valley, Okla.
Grandsons, Bart and Ron Hartley of the home, whom she has had the pleasure of raising the last three years, survive her. In addition she is survived by two sons and one daughter, Brett Archinal of the home in Granby, Colo., Bart (Gwen) Archinal of Massillon, O., (two granddaughters Paige and Peyton), Shelly Archinal of Tennessee, "adopted" daughter Cheryl Watson of Uhrichsville, O.; one brother Duane (Norma) Taylor of New Philadelphia, O., a sister Naomi (Ray) Jordan of Midway, Pa.
According to her wishes, she was cremated by Colorado Crematory Services in Lakewood, Colo. A celebration of Jody's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies in Winterpark, Colo. A reception following the service will be held at the conference hall at Snow Mountain Ranch.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Cedars Healthcare Center and the hospice staff for their loving care and kindness.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies (P.O. Box 169, Winterpark, Colo. 80482). To send an online condolence, visit www.timesreporter.com.
Published in The Times Reporter on Jan. 7, 2009
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