Ella Jeanne Arnold, 88, went to be with the Lord December 11, 2018, after suffering a stroke on Thanksgiving Day. She was born March 20, 1930, in Frankston, Texas, to Septamus Sellers and Rubye Reynolds Sellers.
Jeanne was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Lon Morris College. She married the love of her life, Beryl Arnold, in 1948. They were blessed with three children and lived the entirety of their 51 years together in Jacksonville, Texas.
Jeanne retired in 1987 from Jacksonville ISD where she enjoyed serving as secretary to the principal at the middle school. She scheduled classes for hundreds of students (before the days of computers) and was a friend to many of those students, lending them lunch money, getting messages to their parents, and listening to them.
Family and friends have many special memories of Jeanne. She was an avid gardener with an extensive knowledge of flowers, plants, and trees. She had a reputation for bringing dead plants back to life. Beryl often bought withered plants and took them home to Jeanne, who nursed them back to health and then planted them in their yard. She loved using the flowers from their garden to decorate for meetings of the Crestwood Garden Club and for the events hosted by their Alpha Omega Sunday school class at the First United Methodist Church.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved Beryl. She is survived by children, Rebecca (& Frank) Towery, Michael (& Nancy) Arnold, and Sue Bowling; and grandchildren, Carla Towery (& Brian) Villanueva, Brandon (& Heather) Neighbors, April Towery, and Morgan Arnold (& Jason) Jordan. Her great-grandchildren, the special joys of her later years, are Tyson, Jacelyn, Tierany, and Kipton Neighbors and Ashley, Audrey, Tyler, and Jacob Villanueva.
Jeanne is also survived by her sister, Catherine Sellers Quinn; sister-in-law, Edith Trantham Arnold; and six nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jeanne Arnold's life and legacy on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Texas.
Jeanne loved the American flag, eagles, and the Fourth of July. Wearing your favorite red, white, and blue clothing would be a great way to honor her on this special day.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1031 TX-456 Loop, Jacksonville, Texas, 75766, or to Frontier Camp, 131 Frontier Camp Road, Grapeland, Texas, 75844.
There's still time to send flowers to the Celebration of Life at the First United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM on March 23, 2019.
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