Marion Ruth Arnold, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Bickford Cottage in Iowa City. A memorial service will be held Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Carol Kress presiding. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth was born June 4, 1920, in Rosston, Pa., the daughter of Olfrey and Merle Alice (Bittinger) Heilman. She graduated from Pontiac Sr. High School in 1938 and Michigan State University in 1941. Ruth married William E. Arnold on Aug 18, 1942, in Pontiac, Mich. And went with him to Pine Bluff, Ark., where he was stationed during WWII. In 1949 they moved to Appleton, Wis., living there until 2009. In 1950, Ruth joined the American Association of University Women, serving as president from 1960-62 and having a graduate fellowship named for her. Ruth was also a community volunteer, serving on the board of Visiting Nurses Association on the budget committee of United Community Services (1962), and on the Citizen’s Advisory and Improvement Committee (1970). Ruth was a long-term member of the First United Methodist Church of Appleton and was active for many years in their Women’s Society of Christian Service.
Local survivors include a daughter, Jean (Jim) Leighton of Solon. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Bill.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.