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Jeannette Marie Arnold, 98, of Traverse City, completed her creative and loving earthly journey and continued her eternal walk of joy on Oct. 23, 2017. Jean was born Dec. 12, 1918 to the late Faron and Marie (Sopp) Hayden in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Jean's youthful spirit, her optimism, her contagious smile and her perpetual happiness touched all who knew her. The glowing energy of Jean's life brought warmth and light to countless people. These gifts she so freely shared will forever be cherished by loved ones and friends.
Jean's artistic talents shined in her 20-year career as an interior designer and buyer for McLaughlin's Furniture in Southgate.
Throughout her life Jean was always learning and growing. She was an accomplished watercolor artist and sculptor and was inspired by her worldly travels, after retirement, to China, Europe and Mexico. Moreover, Jean was a true friend who encouraged and inspired the creative spirit in others - including her grandchildren and other artists. After moving from Dearborn to Traverse City Jean became a long-standing volunteer at the Dennos Museum and supporter of local charities.
She loved great books (especially biographies of interesting women), enjoyed gardening, but most of all found great joy in being together with friends and family. Her memories will live on in the countless notes Jean would send, including her hand-painted Christmas cards shared all through the years with loved ones.
Jean inspired every person she knew with her ability to see color, beauty and hope all around. Her vision of the future was pure and full of love.
Jean is survived and missed dearly by her four children, Thomas Arnold, of Dearborn, Jeanne Kelly, of Nashville, James Arnold and William (Alison) Arnold, both of Traverse City. Also surviving are her grandchildren, William Thomas Arnold, of Dearborn, Daniel and David Kelly, of Nashville, William John and John Kean Arnold, of Traverse City; great-granddaughters, Erynn and Ava Kelly; sister-in-law, Agnes Hayden; and loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Elaine (George) Haas; and her brother, Donald Hayden.
The family will welcome family and friends to a celebration of life on Friday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the home of Bill and Alison Arnold.
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate on Jean's behalf to Child and Family Services of Traverse City, 3785 Veterans Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family on Jean's tribute page.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 29, 2017
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