|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1930|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 2009|
August 24, 1930 - September 3, 2009
Jane Arnold passed away peacefully in Idaho Falls on September 3, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Born in Idaho Falls on August 24, 1930, Jane was the daughter of Ruby Margaret and Luther Harrison Jones.
Jane grew up in a lively family with two brothers and five sisters. The Jones family left Idaho Falls during Jane's teens and she graduated from Pocatello High School in 1948. After taking courses at Idaho State University, Jane decided to move to San Francisco, where she lived and worked for nearly two years. She then returned to Idaho Falls and took a position at what is now known as the Idaho National Laboratory.
Working at the Chemical Processing Plant as a technician, Jane met Kenneth Arnold and they married in January 1953. Jane left work as an expectant mother because of the risk of exposure to radioactivity in the plant. For quite some time, her family demanded her full-time attention, as Jessie, Linda, Gertrude, Ralph, Cathy and Peggy arrived in quick succession over the next eight years. The Arnolds enjoyed fishing, camping, rafting, playing cards, and sharing meals with friends and extended family. In addition, the family was actively involved in First Christian Church, and Ken and Jane became involved in Masonic activities. As the older children left for college, foster children came to live with Ken and Jane, including Annie Ritchins, Cottey Shiffen (Green), and Lisa Bierma (Wright).
After her youngest child went off to Linden Park School, Jane joined Miles Willard in his food development venture, first as a half-time lab assistant and eventually managing the food lab. Closely involved in the development of such successful products as Hula Hoops, O'Boisies, Ripplins and Tato Skins, Jane found the work both challenging and rewarding. She enjoyed Miles and her colleagues immensely, and at her retirement celebration in 1994, she was the longest-tenured employee.
Jane devoted a great deal of time to the organizations that meant so much to her. She was among the first female elders of First Christian Church and she took on critical leadership positions, including chairing the board. At the time of her passing, she was serving as an elder and she had just finished leading a pastoral search committee. With other church members who recognized the need for senior housing in Idaho Falls, Jane was instrumental in founding Mountain Falls Corporation, which built two apartment buildings for low-income seniors. As a longtime member of the Social Order of Beauceant, Jane served in various offices, including president.
A more welcoming kitchen than Jane's is hard to imagine. Following the example of her mother, Jane's kitchen table always had room for more guests. She invited her own children, grandchildren and countless others to help with meal planning, cooking, baking and mixing potions with a seemingly limitless supply of ingredients. Saturday pancakes were a family tradition. Friends knew they could count on a bottomless pot of coffee, and Jane's raspberry jam was a favorite treat. Generous in cooking not just for her own family, Jane was among the founders of the monthly Senior Luncheon, held at First Christian Church for the past several years. And in 2008, she orchestrated the main course for the East Side Progressive Dinner, preparing pork loin and apricot sauce for 400 attendees.
Especially in her senior years, Jane's friends and family admired her fierce independence and vitality. Days after her 65th birthday, she and her sister Ruby made a roundtrip drive from Idaho to Alaska. Several years later, they returned via cruise ship. With her dear friend Grace Long, she traveled back and forth across the U.S. and onward to Israel and the Caribbean. She delighted in hosting Chunkyu (Kyle) Park, an international exchange student from Korea for one school year and enriched his stay with visits to American landmarks, from Alcatraz to Yellowstone Park. When her church received a load of sod to extend and beautify the lawn, Jane (then 77) unrolled yard after yard on her hands and knees, and then personally ensured that the new sod was watered thoroughly. She thrilled her granddaughter Jennifer and grandson Freddy with a trip to Washington, DC, last year and was disappointed at having to cancel a San Francisco vacation with Nicholas because of her sudden illness.
Treasured mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend, Jane will be missed by so many.
She is survived by Jessie Arnold (Phoenix); Linda and Mike Mothersill, Tom Mothersill and Jennifer Mothersill (Boise); Gertrude Arnold (San Francisco); Kenneth Ralph Arnold (Boise); Catherine and Brian Gray, Fredrick Gray and Nicholas Gray (Idaho Falls); Peggy and Scott Hill (Idaho Falls), Angelique Holt (Moscow), Julian Hill and Greg Hill (Idaho Falls). Also surviving are sisters Ruby Miller (Brewster, WA), Ann Price (Mount Pleasant, NE), and Hazel Meyers (Boise). Preceding her in death were her husband, Kenneth Richard Arnold; grandson, Christopher Mothersill; brothers, Donald Jones and Luther Handley Jones; and sisters, Dorothy Sanborn and Shirley Foley.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Kelly Howell
Record added: Jan 03, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103057429