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“She sounds like a remarkable woman. My sincere condolences to her family. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Ashley

“Lisa and family, My heart goes out to you all with the loss of your Mom.You were blessed to have her for so long,and I know that you cared for her...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Shelaugh McGrath

“Lisa and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Lisa, you help us take such good care of our mom and we just know you did the same for yours! Our...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Ellen Skaret

“I was so sorry to hear she had passed, I was blessed to grow-up having "Mrs. Arnold" as our next-door neighbor. I cherish the many wonderful times...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Ted Wilson

“This is certainly a beautiful obituary for a special woman. She was my most favorite Aunt, full of wisdom and humor and curiousity; a loving sister...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Alison Farrell - East Haven, CT


Mrs. Betty Lou Arnold of Granby, CT, formerly of Westbrook, CT and Irvington, NY, died peacefully at home on Saturday, September 12, 2015. She is survived by her four children, Dane (Nina), Erin Kelly, Scott (Margot) and Lisa Brower, as well as eight grandchildren, Viki, Lisa, Madeleine, Mackenzie, Stefan, Logan, Eric and John. Born on November 25, 1922 to Forrest and Gladys Brown, Lou lived in Chillicothe, Missouri, until she was three years old. Lou, her sister Marge and brother Ray spent the greater part of their childhood and teen years in New England. It was in Braintree, MA that Lou met her future husband, John Arnold, whom she married in 1943. When John passed away in October of 2000, they had been married for 57 years. Lou was a graduate of Miami University, Ohio. She was a voracious consumer of information. She loved nothing more than to settle down with an excellent book. A devoted reader of the New Yorker, The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, as well as dozens and dozens of biographies, history, and works of fiction, Lou never gave up her love of reading. Although she could usually polish off a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle with little effort, Lou would pore through her collection of reference books until every clue was answered. Always sensitive to the struggles of those in need, Lou gave generously of her time as a volunteer, and donated money whenever possible to a variety of organizations. Habitat for Humanity was a perennial favorite, as was FoodShare and many others. An accomplished birder, Lou was a long standing member of the Audubon Society. Again, her love of learning drew her to the window with her binoculars wherever she lived. Lou and John shared a lifelong love of horticulture, especially azaleas and rhododendrons. Every one of their properties resembled a botanical garden. Lou Arnold was a devoted wife and loving mother. All of her children and grandchildren will miss her dry sense of humor and her interest in their lives. She will be present in our lives through the values and bits of wisdom she passed along to us during her long life. A family service will be planned at a later date.

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