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Nancy Goff Arnold

June 5, 1932August 24, 2019
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Nancy Goff Arnold, age 87, passed away suddenly and peacefully on August 24, 2019. Nancy was born in Newton, MA, on June 5, 1932, the daughter of the late Luke and Lillian Goff.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren including: daughter Lucinda Stanton Grimes and her husband Darrell Ormond Grimes of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; son Mark Fowler Stanton and his wife Loretta Leong Stanton of Chicago, IL, grandchildren Clarissa and Alex, and great grandchildren Rylee and Brantley; son William Robert Arnold and his wife Laurie Smith-Arnold of Kennesaw, GA, grandson Wesley; daughter Kim Arnold Mahovsky and her husband Michael Mahovsky of Aurora, CO, granddaughters Catherine and Wendy; daughter Wendy Seeley and her husband Greg Seeley of Venice, FL, grandson Bryan.

Nancy was a graduate of Longy School of Music, Boston University College of Music with a degree in piano performance and was a Tri Delta sorority member. She continued her Masters studies at the New England and Boston Conservatories of Music. At an early age she was accepted as a student of Heinrich Gebhard of the Boston Symphony, making her piano debut at the age of 15 at Jordan Hall in Boston performing with the Boston Pops under the direction of Arthur Fiedler.

She subsequently concertized throughout New England, ultimately marrying the love of her life, William (Bill) Munger Arnold, of nearly fifty years before his passing in 2007. Busy raising children with Bill in Atlanta, GA, she enjoyed playing golf, she sang with several Sweet Adeline quartets and choruses, she eventually returned to her first love, piano, opening her Roswell, GA teaching studio in 1975. Over the next nearly 40 years, she thrived in her enjoyment of teaching hundreds of students to play, perform, and appreciate classical piano compositions.

Nancy Goff Arnold Studio students presented two formal recitals each year, many routinely winning awards competing in the annual Federation Festival, Gold Cup Awards, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions for which she was also a well-respected judge. Nancy Arnold was so very proud of her students with over 30 of them going on to college majoring in piano performance, and over a dozen of those becoming piano teachers and professors themselves. In addition, in 1986, Nancy established her own professional piano quartet, “Forty-Forte Fingers” and they performed locally and throughout the Southeast.

In 2014, at age 82, with much hesitation, Nancy finally closed her studio and moved to Cherry Creek Retirement Village in Aurora, CO near her daughter Kim. There her life was renewed, making many new friends, keeping an active and happy social life, usually losing, but occasionally winning at bridge, and most gratifyingly, still playing piano and performing.

Nancy will be remembered for her beautiful engaging smile and personality and for the pride and love she held for her family.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Celebration Of Life Saturday, September 7, 2019

Memories

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William Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom and All her favorite people - Her Family !

William Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom, Dad and Bill - Atlanta Braves Game

William Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom and Kim Mahovsky

William Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom, Bill and Wesley

William Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom and Laurie Smith-Arnold

William Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom, Cate and Wendy

Bill Arnold

September 4, 2019

Mom and Wesley Christmas Time - Her favorite time of year !

Cindy Grimes

September 1, 2019

Cindy Grimes

September 1, 2019

Daughter-in-law Loretta Stanton with Mom

Cindy Grimes

September 1, 2019

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Nancy and Bill Arnold

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Nancy and Bill

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Nancy and daughter Cindy

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Nancy and daughter Cindy at Nancy's Piano Studio Recitals

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Nancy and Bill, daughter Kim and Son Bill at one of Nancy's Piano Studio Recitals

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Nancy, her parents and siblings, Janet, Harry and Jerry

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Wedding of Laurie and Bill Arnold and siblings and their children

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Nancy's parents (Lillian and Luke Goff) 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration with family

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Nancy attending wedding of daughter Cindy to Darrell Grimes 2014