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     Grace Elaine Arnold, age 80, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2009, surrounded by her family at Barton County Memorial Hospital.


     Gracie was born January 1, 1929, at Campbellsport, Wisconsin, to William and Helen (Breyman) Martin.  After graduating from high school in Milwaukee in 1946 she moved to Lamar where, on June 21, 1947, she married Clarence “Yippie” Arnold, Jr.  They had celebrated 41 years together before Yippie passed away February 26, 1989.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Greg Arnold, in October, 2006, and three sisters, Edna Boyer, Leah Lines, and Irene Hosselton.


   In addition to working in the Arnold family-owned Lamar Greenhouse, Gracie worked in the law office of Gordon Boyer and was a tax preparer for several years. She had worked for the Department of Defense in the Lamar office of the Selective Service Division as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (FHA) Nevada office for many years. Always active in her community, Gracie was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church, Lamar Country Club, Red Hat Classi Lassies, Surviving Spouses, and various bridge clubs.  She enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing.


     Survivors include two sons and their wives, Bob & Donna Arnold, Lamar and Steve & Deanna Arnold, Waco, Missouri; a sister, Edith Balthazor, St. Paul, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews; five grandchildren, Doug & wife Tonya Arnold, Carl Junction, Matt & wife Jennifer Arnold, Carl Junction, J.J. & husband Steve Shaw, Lamar, Julie Arnold, Lamar, and 2Lt. Jonathan Arnold, Ft. Hood, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren, Noah, Blaine, & Trey Shaw, Kadynce, Olivia, Max Gregory, & Georgia Arnold.  An eighth great grandchild, Gracie Jo will be born in September.


     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 1st at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church Building Fund or Waco Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


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#7 Topeka, KansasKaren Finley Roeder 2009-07-30 09:02
Bob and Donna: I was sorry to hear of Gracie's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
#6 Betty Gideon 2009-07-24 07:40
I have many memories of golfing with Gracie...we had to have at least 60 degree temp. and she always wore that little black hat...I will surely miss her at our Red Hat Gatherings she enjoyed our fun together.....
#5 Reeds Spring, MORob Barringer 2009-07-05 14:12
I was sorry to hear about Grace. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her onery side. Your family is in my prayers!
#4 Mission, KSMichelle Patton Magee 2009-06-29 17:23
I was so sorry to hear about Gracie's passing. Your families will be in my prayers.
#3 Fort Worth, TexasDanielle Lines 2009-06-29 11:29
I was so sorry to hear of my
Great Aunt's passing. My prayers
are with all of the Arnold family
at this time.

In His Love,
Danielle Lines
#2 Fort Worth, TexasCharles Lines, Jr. 2009-06-29 07:38
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Arnold family at this time. Aunt Grace was a special person and I shall miss her very much.

In His Love,
Cousin Charlie & Fran
#1 Lamar, MOTom and Gale Main 2009-06-28 19:22
Bob and Donna,
We are sorry to hear of Gracie's passing. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
In His love,
Tom and Gale

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