Mary was born in Thayer, Mo. to Wilma (Murphy) and Rev. L. H. Arnold. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mary attended McAlester Public Schools graduating in 1948. She married Bill in July of that year. They moved to OKC in 1956 so that Bill could finish his degree. Mary worked at APCO and began taking evening classes at Central State. She eventually went full time, earning her BA in elementary education in 1969. She taught at Stonegate Elementary for 22 years, retiring in 1992. Mary is survived by her husband, Bill; daughter, Stephanie and husband Chuck Sales of Choctaw; son, Tommy Parker and wife Tina of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Jason Sales, Melissa and husband Ryan Fitzhugh, Justin Sales, Heather and husband Blake Holman, Jared Sales, Jennifer Parker, Amy and husband Philip Meaker; great- grandsons, Griffin Fitzhugh, Jasper Fitzhugh and Parker Holman; sister, Naomi and husband Rev. L.D. McElyea of Springfield, MO; brother, Philip Arnold and wife Marty of Haileyville, OK; as well as sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews and extended family. Mary was very active in her service for the Lord. She served as a greeter at her church, was active in Bible study groups, prepared meals for the sick, and was co-chair for funeral dinners. Mary enjoyed talking, reading and travel. She and Bill traveled to all 50 states and several foreign countries. She will be missed by her family and friends. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Tuesday with a service to celebrate her life at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Highpointe Church with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
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