Mary Elizabeth Arnold, age 50, of Marshall died Thursday evening, September 15, 2011 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, Battle Creek.
Mary was born on March 2, 1961 in Marshall to Edward L and Gloria J. (McMurtrie) Arnold. She was a graduate of Marshall High School, class of 1979. She then continued her education receiving her Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.
Mary was an elementary teacher and had taught the First and Second grades. For the last thirteen years she had been living and teaching in Bangkok, Thailand. She returned to Marshall in 2011 due to her declining health. Prior to working in Bangkok, she had taught in a Christian School in Chicago.
Mary was a member of the Marshall United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women Book Club. She had been very active in missionary work while living in Thailand. She would often invite Thai families into her home to share an American style meal. She was a wonderful cook and was a very accomplished seamstress. Mary made much of her own clothing and loved making quilts.
Mary was a very social person and loved visiting with her many church friends. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her special friends in Texas and Idaho. She also enjoyed trips to Australia and China.
She is survived by her mother, Gloria Arnold of Marshall; brothers, Bruce (Deb) Arnold of Marshall and Rex Arnold of Marshall; special nephew and nieces, Ben, Rebecca and Katharine Arnold; sister-in-law, Robin Arnold of Battle Creek; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Arnold (1986) and brother, John Arnold (2005).
A memorial service will be held 11 AM Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Marshall United Methodist Church with Reverend Len Schoenherr officiating. Arrangements are by the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marshall.
Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the United Methodist Church for Missions, The Yuvabahana Foundation (provides educational oportunities for needy children in rual Thailand), Colors From Many Lands (an international children's art exhibition, sponcered by the Yuvabadhana Foundation) or the Lifespan Good Samarian Hospice. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home.
Read Mary Arnold's Obituary and Guestbook on www.kempffuneralhome.