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Ethel Clara Arnoth

March 5, 1919 November 28, 2018
Ethel Clara Arnoth
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Ethel Clara Arnoth, 99 years, of Reno, Nevada, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Park Place Assisted Living Facility in Reno, Nevada.

Ethel is survived by her daughter, Louise Edna Swanson and her sons Frank William Arnoth and David Edward Arnoth, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Her extended family includes her brother-in-law Richard Arnoth and many nieces and nephews. Ethel was always grateful for the loving support she received from all her family and friends.

Ethel Clara Arnoth was born on March 5, 1919 in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, to Arnold Bennett Lehman and Clara Lehman. After graduating high school, she worked at Woolworths Department Store in the candy section where she met her future husband Frank L’Hommedeau Arnoth. Ethel and Frank were married for 64 years until Frank’s passing in 2005.

In 1956, Ethel and Frank moved with their three children from Hempstead NY to Hialeah, Florida, where Frank worked for Eastern Air Lines. They lived in Hialeah, then Miami Lakes and settled in Fort Lauderdale, where they finally built their ‘Cape Cod’ Styled home. They later moved to “The Forest” in Lake Mary, Florida, a retirement community. In her later years, she moved to Reno, Nevada to be close to her daughter and family.

Ethel always spoke fondly of her work as a secretary for several churches and also for a construction company. For 27 years, she also authored her own column, “Nature Notes” in The Forest’s community newsletter. Through these articles, she inspired residents to take deeper notice of the intricacies and details of wildlife and plants in their community and in the surrounding area.

Ethel and Frank together shared a love for the outdoors, enjoyed bird-watching, and were members of the Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation. They loved to travel, made regular visits to their friends, children, and grandchildren, and on several occasions had the opportunity to tour through Europe.

At the age of 92, Ethel was one of the first patients to receive an aortic valve replacement at Stanford University using the previously experimental TAVR procedure, which has since become a very common operation. She was a true medical pioneer.

Her love of nature was rooted in her love of God. She shared this by assisting others in understanding God's ever-present love. Even to her last day, her spirit was strong and grounded in her connection to Jesus and her awareness of God.

Ethel had a wonderful personality and loved to bring people together. She enjoyed keeping up with technology and texted, emailed & ‘Facetimed’ until the end. She lightening everybody’s hearts by telling jokes and was the designated joke teller at pool exercise classes, her church and at family events.

Ethel's generous warm heart, positive attitude, joyful smile and jokes will be missed by all who knew her. Truly, she has lived a long, meaningful life and is leaving behind many friends and family who will miss her dearly.

We love and appreciate her. She was the most special mother, grandmother and great grandmother to all her loving family.

Surely, she will be missed by all!

A small Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on December 7, 2018 at Park Place located at 2305 Ives Ct, Reno, NV 89503. Park Place Phone: (775) 746-1188.

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2:00 PM 12/7/2018 2:00:00 PM
Park Place

2305 Ives Ct.
Reno, NV 89503

Park Place
2305 Ives Ct. Reno 89503 NV
United States

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