|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1909|
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 2003|
He worked for the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs as a teacher in Alaska from 1933 to 1948. He was a teacher in California from 1948 to 1972, when he retired. He married second to Ramona Gayle Thomas on 13 October 1984 in Stanwood, Washington and they are pictured on this site.
OBITUARY: Stanwood Camwood News issue of 18 November 2003. courtesy of the Camwood Obituary Project.
Oberlin Ellis Arnold was born early in the morning of Feb 2, 1909 in Monett, Lawrence County, MO, while the prairie chickens were singing. He quietly made his entrance into heaven from the Golden Years Adult Family Home in Arlington Nov 5, 2003, three months short of his 95th birthday. Ellis’ ancestor, John Arnold, born in Wales, England in 1585, arrived in America in 1634. His first home was in Cambridge, CT. The descendants became known as the “Connecticut Arnolds” to distinguish them from the “Rhode Island Arnolds” to which Benedict Arnold belonged.
Ellis’ father, Don Poe Arnold, born in 1877, in Owatonna, MN, was the 8th Arnold generation of the “Connecticut Arnolds”. In 1906, while attending Greenville College in Illinois, Don married Ruth Adelaide Ellis. Following graduation in 1908, he entered the ministry of the Free Methodist Church.
Ellis, of the 9th generation, attended elementary schools in Arkansas, Missouri and Washington. At the age of 9, he knelt at an altar in a Baptist church to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior, whom he followed faithfully. He attended Seattle Pacific High School and College graduating in 1933, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1933 through 1947, he was employed by the US Department of Indian Affairs, serving in Alaskan schools and communities as teacher and Indian agent. In 1934, at the age of 25, he married Dorothy Marie Macy, who joined him in teaching in Alaska. From 1948 through 1971, he taught industrial arts on the secondary level in Salinas, CA. Following his retirement, he earned a minor credit in art from Salinas Junior College. From his training, he created many beautiful paintings which grace his home. In 1981, Ellis and Dorothy moved from Salinas to the Warm Beach Senior Community, due to Dorothy’s illness, which caused her death in 1982. In 1984, at the age of 75, he married Ramona Thomas. Through 19 years of happiness, that “matrimonial state remained unchanged.” Ellis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, William Liston Arnold. Surviving him are his wife, Ramona of Warm Beach; his sister, Elisabeth (Will) Quaale of Carnation, WA.; 5 nieces and 1 nephew (living relatives' names are not listed) and 15 great nieces and nephews. Interment at the Anderson Cemetery, Stanwood. Memorial gifts may be made to the Warm Beach Free Methodist Church Youth Center Project.
Dorothy Marie Macy Arnold (1909 - 1983)
Ramona Gayle Thomas Arnold (1927 - 2009)*
Created by: Diane Gravlee
Record added: May 06, 2009
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