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Margaret H. Arnold

September 5, 1923March 23, 2020

Margaret Elizabeth Houghton Arnold was born in Columbus, Georgia, on September 5, 1923, to Joseph Lee Houghton and Emma Patton Houghton. She was a much loved “Morningside Mama” and a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

Due to limitations caused by the coronavirus, the funeral services will be held graveside at 11:00am on Friday, March 27, 2020 for immediate family only and officiated by Jonathan Badgett. Arrangements are made by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. We wish to express our sincere love and friendship to all our family and friends who are unable to be with us.

Margaret was married over 50 years to Antone B. Arnold, who predeceased her in 1998.

Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Arnold Mims (Bill) of Vienna, Virginia; son, Robert B. Arnold (Cindy) of Chandler, Arizona; son,William D. Arnold of Crawfordville, Florida; nephew, Lee Patton (Pat) Elliott (Brenda) of Columbus, Georgia; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and a host of wonderful friends.

In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to Columbus Hospice, Morningside Baptist Church Library Fund, or any charity of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shcolumbus.com for the ARNOLD family.


  • Gloria Arnold Mims (Bill), Daughter
  • Robert B. Arnold (Cindy), Son
  • William D. Arnold, Son
  • Lee Patton "Pat" Elliot (Brenda), Nephew
  • Antone B. Arnold, Husband (deceased)
  • Joseph Lee Houghton, Father (deceased)
  • Emma Patton Houghton, Mother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Arnold also leaves behind six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a host of wonderful friends to cherish her memory.

  • Columbus Hospice
  • Morningside Baptist Church Library Fund


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Caroline (Arnold) Barnes

March 27, 2020

Aunt Margaret, I will always remember your wonderful laugh and kind demeanor. Your visit here for the family reunion in Williamsburg, two years ago in VA was memorable when we all all spent hours together working on that beautiful puzzle only to realize one piece was missing. What a laugh we all had. Yes, prayers for all in the family. What a beautiful , comforting thought to know Aunt Margaret is rejoicing with her Savior and other loved ones.

Sharon Brandenburg

March 27, 2020

Dear Arnold family,
It was with great sadness that I read of Mrs. Arnold's passing. She was such a vibrant and active person, even into her 90's. However, we all know that she has joined the other Morningside members who have preceded her to that glorious forever home with our Lord Jesus. I know she is rejoicing with all of the Morningside family, but I also know you all will miss her very much. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Cone Brandenburg

Carol Bedingfield Stevens

March 27, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of your loss and am thinking about all of you today as you honor the life of your wonderful mom. She was such a kind, dear friend to so many other “Morningside Moms” and was always enjoyable to be around.
She will be greatly missed.
With love and prayers,
Carol Bedingfield Stevens

Josh Elliott

March 27, 2020

On Monday, 3/23/2020, God decided it was time for my Grandmama, Margaret Arnold, to be with Him forever. She is one of my heroes and is one of the most selfless, caring, loving, independent, best people I’ll ever know. To be able to call her my Grandmama is something I don’t take lightly and I’m honored to be able to do. If you ever had the chance to know her or be in her presence, then you know exactly what I’m talking about and you know that I’ll never be able to fully express how awesome she is. I hope I can live like she lived...love God, love family, enjoy yourself, share with others (cookies and jam were the bomb.com), travel, have an opinion, keep close friends, and take everything in stride.
Grandmama, I know you’re already smiling and looking for the cooking trays in Heaven to show God how good those Amish cookies really are, so until I see you again, thank you for loving me, loving my family, and teaching me more than you know! We love you and like I always said to you, “I’ll try..!”

Laura Adams

March 26, 2020

I have known Mrs. Arnold since I was a child. She worked with my dad at Callaway Chemicals and was a very special lady at that time! I reunited with her later at Morningside Baptist Church as an adult and she was still very special to me! She was always so kind and gracious and meant a lot to my family!
We will miss Mrs. Arnold!

Ginger Chesser

March 25, 2020

Margaret was a sweet friend and always willing to visit Sunday School class members who were unable to come to church or those in hospital. She
liked doing things for others. Her kindness will be remembered.