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Loretta Sue Arnholt
November 6, 1940 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Loretta Sue Arnholt was born in Westville, Illinois on November 6, 1940. She grew up in the country riding a bus to school in Georgetown, Illinois, for all 12 years of her primary and secondary education. Loretta started playing the accordion when she was 8 and giving lessons at age 12. When she was 16, she was hired to give lessons at Kamp Music store in Danville, Illinois, and to play at banquets. Loretta also served as the judge at the state fair for all ages of accordionists.
She attended Olivet Nazarene College from 1958-1962, graduating early with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Loretta married her high school sweetheart, Terry Arnholt, on January 20, 1962. They moved to Zion, Illinois, where Loretta taught 3rd grade. Both Loretta and Terry attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University where Loretta graduated in 1969 with a M.S. in Special Education. While in graduate school, Loretta and Terry started a family and ended up with three successful sons (college professor, fighter pilot, and medical doctor).
Terry joined the Air Force and they started traveling the world as an Air Force family. Their most memorable assignment was living in Spain for 5 years. While in Spain, Loretta started an Ed.D. offered by the University of Southern California. Loretta also helped to start a school on Torrejon Air Force Base called CHAP (Children Have A Potential). Children of all ages with handicaps were admitted then gifted preschoolers were admitted to serve as role models for the special needs children.
After Terry retired from the Air Force, the family moved to Bartlesville, OK, where both Loretta and Terry served as faculty at Bartlesville Wesleyan College (BWC). Loretta taught classes in psychology and directed the internships for students from around the world. Loretta and Terry also bought a small cabin in the Colorado mountains which they made into a large, multigenerational respite for family and friends. In 2008, Loretta and Terry retired to Green Valley, AZ, but continued to visit CO frequently. While in AZ, they became active in the Gideons with Loretta becoming the president of the Gideons Auxiliary.
After a life of faithfully serving her Lord, she prayed and asked him to take her home on November 21, 2023. She was surrounded by her three sons, and the Lord granted her request. Her next words were “I see Jesus, I have to go, Adios”. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15.
Loretta was a great listener, level-headed, smart, humble, compassionate, with a great sense of humor. She laughed often and was always supportive of her friends and families’ pursuits and careers. She spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren, whom she adored. She loved to serve, whether it was her family, friends, or in ministry to Jesus and would always be the first to volunteer to help.
She is survived by her three sons and wives and children: Alan and Susie - Alayna and Aria; Mark and Mary - Nolan, Payton, and Austin; Luke and Kim - Elijah, Noah, and Ellianna. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Jack Arnholt, her parents, Laura Hedge Rollins Silvestro and Henry Silvestro, and three brothers: Ralph Rollins, Homer Rollins, and Larry Rollins and two nephews: David Rollins and Larry Rollins Jr.
A celebration of life is scheduled at Community Fellowship of Christians (CFC) in Lake George, CO (http://www.communityfellowshipofchristians.org) on the 18th of May 2024 at 10:00 am followed by a reception at CFC to continue celebrating a “Life Well Lived!”