Helen Katherine Arnold, 99, of Wichita Falls passed away Friday, October 7, 2011. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Crestview Memorial Park with Reverend John Dillard of First United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation is set from 7:00 until 8:00 Tuesday evening at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home.
Mrs. Arnold was born the oldest of ten children on July 9, 1912 in Falls County, Texas to the late Jessie James Mercer and Emma Christine Lisette (Wolf) Mercer. She graduated from Ben Hur (Texas) High School in 1931. She was raised and worked on the family farm until the age of 24 when she moved to Roswell, NM and continued farm labor until her marriage to Robert C. Arnold on June 14, 1941. In 1954, Robert's job as a long distance truck driver took them to Hobbs, NM and finally, to Albuquerque NM in 1963 where they lived for 40 years. They then moved to Wichita Falls in 2003 and it was here that Robert preceded her in death in 2004. Mrs. Arnold joined the First United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls. She was active as a Girl Scout leader in Roswell from 1949 until 1954; in Hobbs from 1954 to 1956. In 1958 and early 1959, she helped prepare her daughter and 15 other Senior Girl Scouts from Zia Girl Scout Council for the 1959 Girl Scout Roundup held at Colorado Springs, CO in July of that year. Helen was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include a daughter, Christina Peterson and husband, Harvey of Wichita Falls; siblings, Cleo Mercer, Houston, TX, Laura Hasbrouck, Alamogordo, NM, William J. Mercer, Kingsburg, CA and Freda Lynch, Pasadena, TX; grandchildren, Kathy Naidicz, Austin, TX, Brian Peterson, Wichita Falls, John DiFilippo, Burkburnett, TX, Michael Peterson, Cudahy, WI, Angeli Fernandez and Robert DiFilippo, both of Wichita Falls; great grandchildren, Darvena Day, Shelby DiFilippo, Macie DiFilippo and Madelynn DiFilippo; great-great grandchildren, Lorenzo de Mario Juarez and Angellina Day; also numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Pauline Mercer, Maureen Arnold, Gladys Alexander, Thomas Mercer and Walter Mercer.
The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association, 8150 Brookriver Dr., Dallas, Tx 75247 or to Wild Bird Rescue, 4611 Lake Shore Dr., Wichita Falls, 76310.