ELIZABETH ARNOLD

e-arnold.jpgElizabeth”Betty”Arnold died on July 19, 2007. She was 91 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICES are scheduled for September 15, 2:00 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service, from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. _________________________________

Elizabeth Irene (Skow) Arnold was born in Sundown township, Redwood County, Minnesota on June 13, 1916 to Michael and Rebekka (Lorents) Skow.

The oldest of four children, she was raised on her parents farm in rural Springfield, Minnesota. She went to rural school at Sundown for her first eight years. Later, she graduated from John Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, California on June 21, 1946 and attended Los Angeles City College from 1946 to 1949.

In February 1949 she married Amos H. Arnold in Hollywood, California; then moved to a farm in the Brunswick area, south of Mora, Minnesota, shortly thereafter. They had five children and divorced in 1968.

After leaving Springfield in her late teens, Betty lived in Richfield and Minnetonka, MN, Hollywood, CA, and Mora. While in Los Angeles, she managed the household of the George Burleigh’s. Betty also worked at the Braham Hospital, Kanabec Hospital, and St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield. She especially enjoyed caring for newborns. After retiring from Kanabec hospital, she cared for her mother, Rebekka, and many elderly persons in the Mora area.

Her interests were many and varied. Volunteering as a foster grandparent to second grad students at Fairview School delighted her. She was also a long time volunteer at One More Time in Mora. A member of the Town and Country Garden Club, she loved gardening, earning her “green thumb” from her father, Mike: she passed her love of plants to several of her children. Betty enjoyed family history, all kinds of music, lively debates about current events and public affairs, genealogy, and writing and receiving cards and letters. A champion of higher education, she enjoyed reading and learning; her home was filled with books and magazines and she was an avid supporter of public radio and television. She also liked to can and bake, and she was known for her gooseberry jam and love of ice cream and coffee.

Betty’s church played an important role in her life since childhood. She was baptized and confirmed at Sundown Lutheran in rural Springfield, MN. She has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran in Brunswick, and Zion Lutheran churches in both Mora and Springfield. Zion in Mora has been her church home since the mid 1960’s. She knew the Bible well from early training at Sundown Lutheran and ongoing Bible study, often using her mother’s Bible.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Rebekka Skow; brothers Lawrence and Carroll Skow; and step grandchildren Matt Stark and Betty Shafer. She is survived by her five children: Mary Baker (Phillip) of St. Paul, MN, Cheryl Wright of Federal Way, WA, Bruce Arnold of Long Beach CA and Mora, Donna Larson of Mora, and David Arnold (Monica) of Mora; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; brother Ralph Skow, and sisters-in-law Irene Skow and Florence Skow; nine nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

One guestbook entry for ELIZABETH ARNOLD

  1. Douglas Meyer June 12, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    I never knew Betty, but had met her once in the early ’50’s not long after she and her husband Amos had moved to Mora. (Amos is my first cousin, although a generation removed. His mother and my father were siblings).

    I’m writing this now because I attended a celebration of her life sponsored by one of her sons (Bruce) and his siblings at Sundown Lutheran Church and Cemetery last Saturday, June 7, 2008. The event was a moving and thoughtful history of the life of Betty and her family. I am honored to have been asked to attend.

    Doug Meyer

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