Mrs. Arvin was born in Loogootee, Indiana on August 23, 1920, to Grover and Anna Norris Greenwell. She died on October 21, 2011
She attended Cannelburg and Montgomery elementary schools, and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1939.
Catherine married Leo Arvin on November 11, 1941 at the Old Cathedral in Vincennes, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband Leo.
She operated her own beauty shops at Parker and New Carlisle, IN. For a second career of teaching, in 1967, she attended Indiana University at South Bend. After graduating in 1971, she was an elementary teacher at Westville, IN for 12 years. She retired in January 1983. After living with her husband, Leo, in New Carlisle, IN, for twenty-five years, they returned to Loogootee in January 1983, where many of the family members lived. Leo then managed Arvin Farms Incorporated until his death in 1995.
Catherine moved to Matthews, N.C. on November 5, 2000. This put her near her son, Russell and his wife, Patty. She resided at Plantation Estates, which is a retirement community.
She leaves behind her children, Russell Arvin and wife, Patty; Nancy Wilson and husband, Fred; Richard Arvin and wife, Carol. Also left are grandchildren Steve Arvin, Christina Arvin, Carrie Forth, Sarah Helms, Amber McKenzie, and Heather Wilson. She has 9 great grandchildren.
She was firm in her commitment of helping others when possible. She was often found reaching out or giving to others. Her absence on earth will create an empty space in many hearts and lives. Although she will be greatly missed, family and friends can be comforted with the knowledge that she has left the pain and sorrow of this life and now enjoys Heavenly peace with her Savior.
She will be laid to rest beside her husband, in a graveside service at St. John's Catholic Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., October 25th, in Loogootee, IN. Viewing at the graveside will be for ½ hour before the service.
Condolences to the family may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.