Jeannette Shepardson Arnold, 87, of 18 Bemus St., Bemus Point, N.Y., passed away peacefully Monday, March 3, 2014, in WCA Hospital, surrounded by her family.
She was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Bemus Point, the daughter of the late Leslie H. and Marjorie Beightol Shepardson.
Jeannette was a 1944 graduate of Bemus Point High School and received her associate degree from Alfred State. Prior to retirement, she was a decorator with Holmlund's Wallpaper & Paint. Earlier, she was proprietor of J's Yankee Peddler, and with her husband, the Bemus Point Casino.
She was the oldest and longest-tenured member of the Bemus Point United Methodist Church. Other memberships include, the Vikings, Bemus Point Study Club where she served as vice president, and a charter member of the Bemus Point Historical Society.
Surviving are three daughters: Candace Arnold Grisi (Charles) of Akron, Ohio, Sherry Arnold Carleton (Paul) of Cleveland, Ohio, and Joy Kittrell (John) of Rochester, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren: Michael (Anna), Beth (Chris), Brad, Kelly, Drew (Cali), Meghan (Michael), Molly (Russell), Colby (Alice), Ashley and Scott; nine great-grandchildren: Emma, Stanley, Henry, Lucy, Chase, Cecilia, Christian, Gabriella, and Camilla; two sisters: Joyce Wight (Donald) and Janice Galloway (Richard), both of Bemus Point; a brother, Richard Shepardson (Patty) of Albuquerque, N.M.; a cousin, Lois Isaacson (Oke) of Bemus Point; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Beside her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Richard M. Arnold.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday April 19, 2014, in the Bemus Point United Methodist Church. The Rev. William Allen, pastor, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, 4954 Bemus-Ellery Road, Bemus Point, NY 14712 or the Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 306, Bemus Point, NY 14712 or Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750 or Bemus Point Historical Society, 13 Alburtus Ave., Bemus Point, NY 14712 or the Bemus Point Study Club/Library, 13 Main St., Bemus Point, NY 14712.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Jeannette at www.lindfuneralhome.com.