Elizabeth C. Arnold
June 24, 1937 – August 14, 2019
Elizabeth C. Arnold, formerly of Mission, KS passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 24th at the McGilley & Hoge Chapel, Overland Park, KS. Inurnment will follow in the Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe, KS.
Liz was born to Alice May Albright and Paul Otis Griffith on June 24, 1937 in Denver, CO. She, along with her brother, Raymond and her mother, Alice, moved to KS shortly after her birth. Here they would become a blended family, when Alice married Jessie Knoth, and Liz became the youngest of seven siblings and step siblings.
Liz graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1955 and began working for Kansas City Life Insurance. In 1961, she began working for the United States Post Office and in 1993, after 32 years, she retired from the accounting office at the Shawnee Mission main office. After retirement, she began volunteering with the local chapter of the Dream Factory. She spent time serving on the Dream Factory Board of Directors and later on an advisory board, but most enjoyed the time she spent working with the children to provide their dreams.
She married Steven Wayne Durner in 1957, and they later divorced in 1963. From this union, came three children: Cathy, Tony and Mike. Later in 1973, Liz married Robert Edward Arnold and in 1975, Bobby joined the family. Liz was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Jessie; and her son, Tony. Liz is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bob Arnold of Lawrence, KS and three children and their spouses: Cathy Hilliard (James) of Lawrence, KS, Mike Durner (Joan) of Lawrence, KS, and Bobby Arnold (Amanda) of Eudora, KS. The “light” of her golden years were her grandchildren: Sara and Alex Hilliard, Michaela, Megan and Jacob Durner and Madison, Brant, Clare and Zach Arnold.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Liz, to the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City, P.O. Box 26185, Shawnee Mission, KS 66225 or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Kansas City Chapter, 2405 Grand Blvd, Suite 520, Kansas City, MO 64108.
- Alice May (Albright) Knoth, Mother (deceased)
- Jessie Knoth, Father (deceased)
- Tony Durner, Son (deceased)
- Robert E. Arnold, Husband
- Cathy Hilliard and her husband, James, Daughter
- Mike Durner and his wife, Joan, Son
- Bobby Arnold and his wife, Amanda, Son
- Sara and Alex Hilliard, Michaela, Megan and Jacob Durner and Madison, Brant, Clare and Zach Arnold, Grandchildren
- Visitation Saturday, August 24, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 24, 2019
- Inurnment Saturday, August 24, 2019
Elizabeth C. Arnold
August 24, 2019
I met Liz In 1993 when Tom and I came to our first Dream Factory meeting. Liz greeted us with open arms and was so welcoming. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves in numerous volunteer situations and Liz and I became fast friends. We found we had a lot in common despite our age difference. We would talk for hours about our kids, our grandkids, our hubbies, our dreams and anything else that came up. We travelled together to Dream Factory functions and got together with her and Bob outside of DF events. Liz’s intense love of her family was something I so admired about her. You could always count on complete honesty from Liz, sometimes too honest like when she didn’t care too much for your new haircut or outfit....never with any kind of malice, just plain old honesty. When I left the Dream Factory my life went in a totally different direction and I lost touch with my dear, sweet Liz. I thought of her often especially on her birthday and her anniversary. I am so sad that I let my life get in the way of contacting my friend. Please forgive me, my dear friend. I will miss you until we meet again. Love you always.
August 23, 2019
My favorite memory was the very first time I met Liz. Our children all attended Shawnee Mission North and I was taking advantage of the SMN Booster club physicals for student athletes and cheer leaders. Bobby and Amanda had already become friends and a budding romance was beginning. When we recognized each other's names, there was an immediate smile and we introduced ourselves and visited for a few minutes. It was great seeing her volunteer in the Shawnee Mission North Booster Club. Right then, I knew we had something in common.
Bobby and Amanda married and both of our families are ardent SMN and Jayhawk fans. We are also great fans of our grandchildren's sporting and cheer leading activities. I will miss sitting by Liz as we watch and cheer together with our families. I would like to think she will be watching and cheering from heaven :)