Lives Lived: Lucy Arnold |

Lives Lived: Lucy Arnold

Lucy Arnold died March 8 in Grass Valley.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Mrs. Arnold was born on Jan. 21, 1929, in the small farming town of Bernalillo, N.M. She was the youngest of seven children born to John and Rosita Mondragon. Her mother died when she was a baby, leaving her older sister to raise the children.

Her grandfather was an agent on an Indian reservation in New Mexico. She spent many hours with him and they grew quite close. From an early age, she was quite a character.

The Indians cooked with large, outdoor ovens and she would hide in these ovens from her siblings. She was blonde as a child, but would emerge from the oven with soot all over her, making her hair look very dark. She helped her grandfather make his own beer.

During World War II, she moved with her father to San Pedro, where he worked in the defense industry. As a teenager, she worked at a number of jobs including the amusement park in Long Beach.

She spent two years in Tripoli, the capital of Libya in northern Africa.

In 1957, she was living in a trailer park in Sacramento. One day while she was by the swimming pool, a boy had trouble breathing. She and a man named Jack Arnold helped the boy. Jack lived in the same trailer park. She and Jack began seeing each other, and 14 months later, they were married.

Mrs. Arnold was a marvelous cook and talented seamstress. She worked in nursing homes, in ladies’ apparel shops and driving a school bus.

She was a dedicated, compassionate volunteer, always busy and always helping other people. For years, she volunteered at the cancer dressing stations and participated in the J. Clifford Lee Cancer Fund.

In 1961, when Mr. and Mrs. Arnold moved to Grass Valley, she began to devote much time and effort to her Eastern Star Chapter. She served in various positions, including Worthy Matron and District Deputy Grand Matron.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold were married for 51 years. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Arnold lost a son at sea in 1969.

Arrangements are by Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, Grass Valley.

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