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“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...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Jeff Stannard - Stover, MO

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Stannard Sr - Phoenix, AZ

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Alan and Bobbie Stannard - KS

“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...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Anne Stannard Jeppesen - Phoenix, AZ

“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 --...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Patsy Androlewicz - Augusta, MO

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Creed - St Charles, MO

“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...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Fleischer - Grove City, OH

“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. ...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Kelly Becker - Apopka, FL

“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...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Lana Meitzenheimer - McKinney, TX

“Tere and family - may the great times you shared with your grandmother bring you comfort and peace. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Herman - Maitland, FL

“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. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Eaton & Carol Noe - IL

“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. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Kristin Mayer - Apopka, FL

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.

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