Nampa, Idaho - Phyllis Jeanette Arnold, a resident of Nampa, Idaho went home to be with her Lord on July 23rd, 2021. Phyllis was a wonderful woman of God, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister, friend, and a powerful witness for Christ.
Phyllis lived a long, full life and was taken too soon. She was born on April 28, 1940 to John Chester Butler and Lela Mae Butler in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is survived by one older sister, Irene Edwards, in Benton, Kentucky.
A graduate of Pasco High School in Washington State, Phyllis married her High School sweetheart, Robert Arnold. Later, she attended Columbia Junior College's Secretarial School. She worked as a secretary/administrative assistant for several companies and organizations. Phyllis was successful everywhere she went, her amiable character, quick wit and professionalism lead to promotion and praise from her coworkers and employers. Although her accomplishments in her career were many, she was most proud of her position as the Administrative Assistant to the Missoula County Parking Commissioner and the fact that she was the first woman to graduate from Boise State University's Truck Driving Academy.
Phyllis aka "Bahama Mama" and her husband Bob drove as a team for several companies before launching Arnold & Company Trucking with their son Gregory. After 15 years as a Long Haul Transportation Operator with her husband Bob she retired when he passed away in 2005. She had achieved over 1 and half million safe driving miles and had driven in every state in the lower 48 and most of Canada.
She viewed her role as the family matriarch as a priority. She and her husband desired to raise children that loved the lord and would become adults they would enjoy spending time with. There is no doubt she felt she succeeded in those efforts. She loved it when her children came to visit or asked for her presence at their functions. She loved all of her children, grands and greats included, never neglecting to reinforce the importance of them all knowing Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Phyllis was an active member of Crossroads Community Church and the Silver Sisters' Women's Group. She volunteered at the church library and Love. Inc. as well. She enjoyed playing Pinochle, Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, and Yahtzee. She was always up for a scrabble challenge and played as often as she could. Her hobbies included, embroidery, collecting angels, and reading.
Phyllis had three children with her husband Bob; Laurie, Gregory and Douglas. She is survived by Laurie Callahan, Douglas Arnold, 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Bob in 2005 and her son Greg in 2020.
Phyllis certainly left a legacy to her family and friends, wanting everyone to love Jesus and build a relationship with Him. She was loved and cherished by all who knew her, she is greatly missed.
In her prayer journal she recently paraphrased a scripture that was important to her and true for all of us... '"We have a huge inheritance in heaven that can never perish, spoil, or fade! It's being kept in heaven for me! --1 Peter 3:8,9"
Published by Idaho Press Tribune from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2021.