Mary Alice Arnold

  • Born: October 30, 1935
  • Died: August 13, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Alice Arnold, age 83 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

Alice was born on October 30, 1935 in Centralia, WA, the daughter of Joseph Gordon and Lucille (Brady) Theriault. She married William "Bill" Arnold on February 2, 1957 in Centralia, WA. Alice was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. She was a nurse, loving wife, mother, and friend. She had endless energy for volunteering and loved baking, reading, gardening, tennis and attending sporting events. Alice was never afraid to let anyone know her opinion, she was feisty and a fighter to the end.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, William E. Arnold; four children, Mary (Joseph) Bloom of Pinckney, MI, Joseph (Connie) Arnold of Winnebago, IL, Timothy (Lori) Arnold of St. Charles, IL and Susan Koehler of Ames, IA; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Heather), Mike, Kaylee, Will, Riley, Grant, Grace and Sam; one great grandchild on the way, Jillian; her brother, William (Cindy) Theriault of CA and her niece and nephew, Julie and Dan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one uncle, Bryant Brady.

A gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Bruce Ludeke, Celebrant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We are so sorry to hear that your beloved wife has passed. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

Posted by Donna Blodgett Suchet - Acquaintance   August 17, 2019

Alice was a angel. I was so blessed to have her tireless help during the many weeks my wife suffered with cancer. I could never thank her enough as she was one of a kind. God Bless you Mary.

Posted by David Bressler - Ft Pierce, FL - Family   August 17, 2019

Mary Alice was one of my favorite customers when I was working at Eagle. I was in awe of her because she was a lifetime member of weight watchers and kept her weight, not so lucky. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Posted by karen rose-spencer - STOVER, MO - Acquaintance   August 16, 2019

As a Marian College friend of Mary (Bloom's), I only met Mary on a few occasions. I remember her as a kind, gentle person who was very proud of her family.

May she rest in peace! Know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Posted by Mary Schueller - KOHLER, WI - Family Friend   August 14, 2019