The Woodward News

December 9, 2013

Cleona Arnold

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. —

Cleona Arnold, 81 year old Woodward resident, and formerly of the Sharon area, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Woodward Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, December 8, 2013 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Donnetta Hunter officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

Cleona Margaret (Watson) Arnold was born on March 20, 1932 on her parents farm six miles south of Woodward, Oklahoma to Wilber Frank and Eithel Margaret (Loomis) Watson. As a child Cleona and her family moved to a farm near Sharon.  She attended Sharon Public Schools and graduated from Sharon High School with the class of 1950.  Cleona was united in marriage to Eugene Mason on May 28, 1952 and they made their home in the Sharon area, until Eugene enlisted in the United States Army.

Cleona was united in marriage to Bill Arnold on January 20, 1961.

Cleona worked most of her life as a waitress in various restaurants in Woodward. After retiring she became a foster grandparent for the Enid Head Start program.

She was an active member of the Enid First Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Enid Chapter. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, and working word puzzles. Her favorite thing to do was spending time with her family. Her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her life.

Cleona is survived by her children, Debi Denney and husband Mike, Cindy Turner and husband Randy all of Sharon; Bill “Bud” Arnold and wife Evelyn of Ringwood; Tresa Gray and husband Sherman of Buffalo, Wyoming; Aaron Arnold and Lea Smith of Laverne; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Estle and husband Dean; Virginia Ham and husband Gary all of Sharon; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughters, Leona and Donna, two brothers, Marion, and Ray Watson, and one grandson, Dustin Arnold.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Cleona to the funeral home.

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