Thelma Arnold

  • Born: March 10, 1916
  • Died: February 8, 2012
  • Location: Sherman, Illinois

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Homes

900 S. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 544-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thelma Arnold, 95, of Sherman, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at The Villa East in Sherman on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 3:20 p.m. Thelma was born March 10, 1916 in East St. Louis, the daughter of Jacob and Ruth Dour; both preceded her in death. Thelma graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1934. She attended Summers Business College and earned a degree in Senior Secretarial Management. Thelma worked at St. Clair Finance Company from 1935 to 1942. In 1963, Thelma worked for Club Aluminum Products Company. She was the Secretary to Treasurer of the company until 1968. Thelma was a member of the East St. Louis Junior Women's Club, Beta Sigma Phi life member. Thelma was active in her church community throughout her life, where she held various positions. She married Ray C. Arnold on January 17, 1947 and they had one daughter, Karen Lee. Thelma was known for her wicked sense of humor and friends would comment how she lit up any room she entered. She enjoyed music and took piano lessons as a child at the Lieber School of Music during the Depression. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of several bridge clubs throughout her life. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray C. Arnold; her sister, Annabelle Crow; and brother, Harold Dour. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Briscoe, of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Tere Brun of Apopka, FL and Alison Briscoe of Bayside, TX; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews across the country. Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on March 3, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield with Pastor Bob Ervin officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Villa West Activity Fund, 100 Stardust Dr., Sherman, IL 62684 or a charity of the donor's choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thelma and Ray Arnold were among the best people ever to be around. They were my mom and dad's favorite friends. Ray was a card for sure, and Thelma was such a nice lady and pleasant to be with. Thelma and Ray touched alot of peoples lives in a very good way. They both are and will be missed.

Posted by Jeff Stannard - Stover, MO   March 03, 2012

Thelma and Ray were friends with my Mom and Dad from about the mid-50's, I think. Dad traveled for General Motors and Ray worked for another auto parts company. They frequently ran into each other, and became fast friends. So of course, the families did, too. Both Thelma and Ray had great senses of humor and were always a delight to be around. When my wife Angela and I were married in 1959 in Milwaukee, Thelma and my Mom came to the wedding together. Thelma was a "peach" of a person who will be missed by many--but I'll bet heaven will be a lot more fun now!!

Posted by Robert Stannard Sr - Phoenix, AZ   March 03, 2012

With Thelma and my mom's birthdays being a day apart,they were bound to have a lot in common and could always think of mischief to entertain themselves.Their exploits were a great source of amusement for our family.Thelma always enjoyed a good laugh and was a joy to know.She will be sorely missed.

Posted by Alan and Bobbie Stannard - Wellsville, KS   March 03, 2012

I knew Thelma and her husband Ray most of my life. The two of them were friends of my parents. Thelma and my mother Betty Stannard were best friends for nearly 50 years until my mothers death in 2003. They were two of a kind, GRAND LADIES, I miss them greatly.

Posted by Anne Stannard Jeppesen - Phoenix, AZ   March 02, 2012

Thelma was full of life -- when she came to St. Charles to visit Karen, the three of us would play cards, have lunch & visit. We had a great time -- she was a cut-up for sure. She will be missed, but I know she is in a better place.

Posted by Patsy Androlewicz - Augusta, MO   February 27, 2012

I only knew of Thelma from her daughter Karen. And I know how much Karen loved & cherished her mother. I am so sorry for all of you but esp Karen with her own difficult situation to contend with. I'm sure this is a devastating loss for Karen. My sympathies to you all.

Posted by Mary Creed - St Charles, MO   February 27, 2012

Thelma was my dearest friend and confidante. I will forever cherish our friendship which goes back to the 70's when we both lived in the same apartment complex in Arlington Heights, IL. Although we lived miles apart we kept in contact by phone weekly. I loved her dearly. Barb Fleischer

Posted by Barbara Fleischer - Grove City, OH   February 16, 2012

Tere, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. May you find comfort knowing Thelma is with our Lord in Heaven now. Please let me know if you need anything. Hugs!

Posted by Kelly Becker - Apopka, FL   February 14, 2012

They say that death is a womderful transition to a beautiful place we all long to be. I know it doesn't feel very wonderful right now to you, but God and time will heal your hurt and pain for your loss. I will continue to pray for strength for you and your family.

Posted by Lana Meitzenheimer - McKinney, TX   February 11, 2012

Tere and family - may the great times you shared with your grandmother bring you comfort and peace.

Posted by Debbie Herman - Maitland, FL   February 10, 2012

Thelma was a great friend and neighbor. Her laughter and beautiful spirit will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss. Our love to Karen.

Posted by Mary Eaton & Carol Noe - Springfield & Loami, IL   February 10, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I got to know Thelma a little, she was a great person and will be very missed.

Posted by Kristin Mayer - Apopka, FL   February 10, 2012