|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1916|
La Crosse County
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 2007|
Bernadean Eve "Bing" Arnold, 91, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, June 27, 2007, with her dear friend, Mary Jo, by her side.
Mrs. Arnold was born the second oldest of six children to Elmer "E.B." and Helena Gilles Styer on April 21, 1916, in La Crosse, Wis. She always told people she was "made in Montana." Her parents homesteaded near Wolf Point but her father sent her mother back to La Crosse to have her baby since things were pretty primitive at the homestead. Mrs. Arnold lived and attended school in Wolf Point until 1931 then attended high school and Stout State College in Menomonie, Wis.
She graduated from Holy Rosary School of Nursing in Miles City and not only earned her cap but won the heart of her future husband, Arthur F. Arnold. She passed her State Board Exam in November of 1941 and became Mrs. Arthur Arnold in 1942.
Her husband entered the service and she moved to Watsonville, Calif., where she was employed as a nurse. When Mr. Arnold returned they moved to Laurel, then Sidney in 1949, to California for three years, returning to Sidney, then to Billings in 1972 where they remained.
Mrs. Arnold worked as a full time Registered Nurse until her children were born, and part-time until her children were in their teens. Her last position was with the Migrant Program for the State of Montana.
The Arnolds bowled for more than 40 years, were avid bridge players and liked to go rock hunting. Mrs. Arnold kept a clipping for a tournament she bowled in at Watsonville, Calif., in 1944. She cared for her mother-in-law during her last years and for her husband during his long fight with emphysema.
She enjoyed gardening, canning and making jams and jellies. She was a talented seamstress and quilter, displaying one of her favorite quilts at the Heritage Center in Billings. She also loved baseball and watched every Colorado Rockies game that was televised. A lifelong Catholic, she was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, St. Christopher's Circle, Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the San Damiano Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. She had resided at St. John's Chapel Court since November 2001 and had many friends among the staff and residents there.
Her survivors include her son, Greg (Ginny) Arnold of Tucson; her daughter, Peggy Franklin of Billings; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Art; her brothers, Dr. J.C. Styer, Gus and Col Mike Styer (USAF); and her sisters, Carol Coltrin and Helen Lou Brownlee.
Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Billings.
Burial was at a later date at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City.
Arthur Frances Arnold (1916 - 1988)*
Plot: Section: LS Lot: 28
Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
Record added: Jan 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83949535