Eugenia Clary Arnold, 86, of Palestine, Texas passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Palestine Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Arnold was born on Aug. 31, 1926 to Duncken Holderman Pittman and Lydia Marie Reissig.
Mrs. Arnold was the middle child of older brother Warren Dale Nettleton (Bakersfield, Calif.) and younger half sister of Billie Gwen Nettleton Thompson (Colony, Kan.).
Born in Victoria, Texas the family later moved to Houston, Texas during her infancy. At age six, her parents divorced, her mother later married William Conrad Nettleton, and he adopted Eugenia and Warren. The family moved to Elsmore, Kan. in 1933, parented sister Billie, and moved in 1942 to Colony, Kan. where they operated a dairy farm.
After graduating from Iola High School in Iola, Kan. and completing one year of community college, Eugenia taught for a year in a local one-room school. She then moved to San Antonio, Texas and worked in an armament factory during the final year of World War II.
After the war she was introduced to Gilbert Andrew Arnold (1920-1992, of Palestine) by her apartment mate and future sister-in-law. Gilbert had returned from the war in Europe and was visiting his brother, a pilot, who was recuperating from burns, suffered when shot down during the war. Within months, they were wed and lived near Palestine for most of their 46-year marriage.
Eugenia was best known in the community as a seamstress, sewing for many Palestine residents as well as making uniforms for various cheer and drill teams of local schools. She could be best described as an avid naturalist with a love for all things that bloom and critters of the four legged kind. Her happiest times were spent growing flowers and vegetables, with her many pets, and seeing the fruits of her labor.
She was the mother of five children; Linda Marie Arnold Callaway (1948-1997, of Palestine), an unnamed infant (1949), William Lee Arnold (62, of Palestine), Gilbert Allen Arnold (1958), and Winfred Raymon Arnold (53, of Commerce, Texas).
She had no grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, brother and sister.
Visitation will be held at Herrington Land of Memory Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Graveside services will be held at the Chapel of Air at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Land of Memory Cemetery.