Dorothy Josephine Evertts Arnold, age 98, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2008, at Kendal at Ithaca. She was born on August 5, 1909 in Binghamton, NY, the daughter of Olney W. and Edna Haskell Evertts. She attended Elmira schools and the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. On October 18, 1930, she married Edward Frank Arnold, a singer at Franklin Street Presbyterian Church of Elmira where she held her first Organist position. She later became Organist at her home church, North Presbyterian, then Minister of Music at First Baptist Church until moving to Ithaca in 1959. While in Elmira she was active in the Thursday Morning Musicales and in church organizations, and was accompanist for The Kiwanis Quartet, while raising two sons and helping care for her grandmother, Ada Haskell. In Ithaca she was Organist for several years at the First Congregational Church, then moved to the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as Organist for nearly 30 years. During this time she was active in the PEO Sisterhood, in church-related groups, and community service. She was a member of the Ithaca Yacht Club, Ithaca Country Club, and Friends of Ithaca College. She also assisted her husband in the establishment and management of the Arnold Printing Corporation, which they sold in 1976, but which continues under their name.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, Dean E. Arnold (Juliet), of State College, PA, and David E. Arnold (Susan) of Paoli, PA. Also two granddaughters, Margaret A. Higgins (Mark) of State College, PA, and Kimberly A. Amaral (Stephen) of Sackets Harbor, NY; a grandson, Douglas E. Arnold (Jennifer) of West Chester, PA; two step-granddaughters, Lara K. Myers of Honolulu, HI, and Tamara M. Schulz (James) of Mechanicsburg, PA; three great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Edward E. Arnold; a grandson, David E. Arnold; and her brother, Richard H. Evertts.
Those wishing to contribute memorials are asked to consider the Kendal Employees’ Welfare Fund, 2230 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850; or the First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850.
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm with Dr. James R. Henery officiating. Prayers of Committal will follow at East Lawn Cemetery. At approximately 4:00 pm on Saturday (immediately following the Prayers of Committal) Dorothy’s family will be present to receive friends for refreshments and fellowship at the Kendal at Ithaca Living Room.