Lois Arnold

January 22, 1925March 30, 2014
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Lois Arnold was born in Valdosta, Georgia on January 22nd, 1925 to Frank N. Fletcher, and Minnie Lee Ragan. She was the 9th sibling of 11 children, including Horace, Oscar, Nettie May, Claude, John, Frank, Lois, Alma, and Ferdinand. During WWII, Lois went to work at Moody Army Air Field, Georgia, in 1944, working in an electric shop assembling magnetos for B-25 aircraft. It was there she met T/Sgt. Paul J. Arnold and after a brief courtship the couple were married in Quitman, Georgia on May 26th, 1945. Paul’s military career took them to Mitchell Field, New York; Burtonwood Air Force Base, England; Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois; and finally to March Air Force Base, where the family settled in Riverside, California.

Lois enjoyed the social life during their military career, and loved homemaking, working in the yard, and growing Day Lilies and Roses. Lois volunteered at Sierra Middle School tutoring in the math lab and later as a reading tutor at Magnolia Elementary School. She also enjoyed the arts, loved attending local plays with family and friends, and was an accomplished artist-painter. Family and friends throughout the United States enjoy Lois’ paintings. Her husband Paul preceded Lois in death in December of 1989. Lois is survived by her sisters, Nettie May and Alma, her children; Lois Boatman, JoAnn Coffman, Paul Arnold, Jr., Robert “Bob” Arnold (wife Linda), Dave Arnold, Jill Arnold, and 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to your favorite charity, or to:“Can Do Multiple Sclerosis” By visiting their website at:

Funeral services are scheduled at:Acheson & Graham, Garden of Prayer Mortuary,7944 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, Ca. 92504, April 4,2014 at 9:00 a.m. Internment immediately following at:Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, Ca. 92518,Staging area #8 at 11:31 a.m. Reception to follow immediately after the services at Elks Lodge 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside, Ca 92506

Arrangements under the direction of Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, Riverside, CA.


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 4, 2014

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June 9, 2014

Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones pour down through
and shine upon us to let us know they are happy.
I miss you so very much mom, and my love for you will
never die. JoAnn

Andy, Katrina, Kris and Kirk Fletcher

May 14, 2014

Andy and I were just reflecting on the many mamas who have touched our lives throughout the years and yours is certainly one of them. Much prayer and comfort sent for this Mother's Day as we have many who have fought the good fight and are now resting in their Heavenly Home. Pray all your family are doing well. Know you are always welcome in our home when you come east for a visit, blessings,

Laurie Thompson

May 13, 2014

To all the Arnold kids, I changed my bed sheets yesterday, I thought yet again of my sweet Godmother (Lois) because that was the last gift she sent me. There were so many over the years including a beautiful painting. I hope this Mother's Day you will be sharing great memories of her with one another and the day will feel a little less empty...

Robert Arnold

May 11, 2014

Jill Arnold

April 30, 2014

Mama, You were such an inspiration to so many lives and this family. I am relieved that you are finally free of your pain and you are in heaven with Daddy. I miss you so much and loved you dearly- daughter-Jill

Ryan Ashley great granddaughter age 10

April 28, 2014

Words shared at the National Cemetery...
Grandma if I were to take anything back right now it would be to spend more time with you. You were such a nice, warm, touching person to be around. I loved when you were in your kitchen and I walked through the door and you would say "Hi Ryan, how's school?" or "look how big you've gotten!"
And I loved when you gave me a big hug, too! Also I loved when you let me feed the fish or pick flowers in the backyard or try to capture one of the yellow finches by putting bird seed in my hand and sitting absolutely still near the feeder...You would watch me do those things, grandma...but most of all I miss you...

Michelle Chaplick

April 25, 2014

Where do I even begin...
As I sit and write this I am looking at your beautiful pictures. I can see a reflection of you in me. I was always sad that there had to be so many miles between us in the later years. Your letters were always such a warm welcome in my mailbox. I miss you so much. Even recently when I was sick this past fall with my surgery you took the time to hand write me a card wishing me well all why you yourself were suffering from cancer. That was just the kind of loving Grandmother and Mother you were. You always took the time to think of others even in your own pain. There is not enough space to write all the many wonderful memories I have with you and the family. Growing up in the Arnold family was a blessing! A large part of who I am today is because of the Arnold family, who always put family first. I came across a plaque the other day that truly sums up our family. It said, "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all" and that is so true. Grandma you were the anchor you were the lighthouse shining from the shore for all of us to always have a safe place to fall with you. I want to say Thank You for showing us what FAMILY truly means. You passed that on to my own Mom and I am so thankful to you for that. I love you for all eternity. Michelle, granddaughter (Kansas City, MO)

Patricia Lock-Dawson, President

April 25, 2014

excerpt from RUSD Board of Education letter:
The Board of Education of the Riverside Unified School District and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of Lois. At the April 14th Board meeting, the Board adjourned the meeting in her memory.
Lois's years of dedicated service to the RUSD as a strong and effective volunteer for Sierra Middle School tutoring in the math lab and later as a reading tutor at Magnolia Elementary School were admirable. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by the staff, students, and administrators that she has influenced...

Scott Arnold

April 24, 2014


You have been the most wonderful grandma I could ever ask for. Not one day will ever go by that I don't think of you. You will always be near to my heart because you were always so kind and loving to me. Thank you for being apart of my life and may God bless you.

Your Grandson


Jamie granddaughter

April 24, 2014

excerpt from speech:
...It's hard to convey in words the impact Grandma has had on my life. She is one of a kind; a special soul that acted as the foundation for many of us here today. Grandma is where we all went when we felt happy or sad: proud, scared, accomplished, worried, confused or just needed a homemade sandwich, free soda and good conversation. She is one of the few people I always wanted to make proud! She challenged me to persevere through my darkest moments and to use those moments to become a better person...
Your ability to keep the Family together, no matter how large it became, or the differences that separated us...your home was always open to Easter Egg Hunts, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas visits, Birthday Celebrations and all the times in between where there was always a fresh pot of coffee brewing and something delicious and freshly prepared by you for us to eat...Your example taught me the true value of FAMILY...