Mary Louise Arnold, 84, of Cheboygan, died at home Thursday, April 27, 2017. The daughter of Ervin and Anna (Bernia) Veihl, Mary was born March 29, 1933 in Tower.
A lifelong resident of the Onaway area, Mary was raised in Tower and graduated from Onaway High School. On June 20, 1953 she married Berten H. Arnold at St. Paul Catholic Church. They were blessed with over 51 years of marriage at the time of Bert’s death in 2004.
A woman with a passion for cooking, canning and baking, Mary was very skilled in the kitchen.
She was known for making the best homemade bread, cookies and cinnamon rolls. Mary’s cookie jar was always full of her wonderful home-baked treats. And though she loved cooking and baking, what she loved even more was feeding people. Nothing brought Mary more joy than having her family seated around her kitchen table enjoying her delicious cooking.
She was an avid reader and loved to play cards and Yahtzee. An expert gardener, Mary always had a beautiful flower garden, full of poppies, roses and her favorite; pansies. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There are wonderful memories of family camping trips at the old Tin Bridge Campground as well as the “tubes” in the Pigeon River State Forest, family dinners, and many, many good times. Mary set an example of strength and love for her family; she will be dearly missed.
Surviving Mary are five daughters, Kathryn Arnold of Topinabee, Karen (John) Sampson of Auburn, Ann Frizzell of Vanderbilt, Janice (Ervin) Crawford of Cheboygan and Jeanne (Jay) Thompson of Pellston; one son, Berten H. Jr. (Brenda) Arnold of Onaway; 22 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Mary also leaves her sister, Adeline Crowe of Bay City; many nieces and nephews; and her lifelong best friend, Yvonne Walsh of Big Rapids.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband; an infant daughter, Sandra; brothers, Jim, Ray and Lawrence Veihl; son-in-law, Paul Frizzell; brother-in-law, Avery Crowe; and her parents.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Onaway Friday, May 5, at Noon. The Rev. Peter Eke will officiate. Mary’s family will receive friends at Tower Hall following the graveside service. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Mary to the American Heart Association.
Condolences may be shared with Mary’s family at www.chagnonfh.com.