Audrey Pearl Arnold

Aug 5, 1941 - Feb 15, 2021

East Lawn Mortuary & Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841

Obituary

Audrey Pearl Arnold passed away on February 15, 2021 in Sacramento, California at 79 years of age. She was given her wings and became an angel. She is survived by her husband, Robert Arnold, daughters Donna Farley and Deborah Arnold, grandchildren Lauren and Michael Farley, sister June Keen, and many nieces and nephews.

Audrey was born at home on August 5, 1941 in Kirbyville, Missouri to James and Lydia Anderson. She was the youngest of seven children. In 1943, her family moved to Greenville, California, back to Powersite, Missouri, then settled in Sacramento, California in 1949. She graduated from Rio Linda Junior High School in 1957 and from Grant Union High School in 1960. She went on to work for the Department of Motor Vehicles for a while.

Audrey met Robert (Bob) Joseph Arnold in 1956 while involved in a church youth group in Sacramento. They were later married in 1963 at Victory Tabernacle. They had two daughters, Donna Lynn Arnold, born in 1964, and Deborah (Debbie) Ann Arnold, born in 1966. Audrey was a mother-in-law to only one, John Patrick Farley, who married Donna in 1995. She loved him and took care of him like her own son. 

Audrey spent 19 years as an Army Wife. She moved with Bob to Washington, back to California, Oklahoma, Italy, Colorado, back to Oklahoma, Greece, and back to Colorado where Bob retired from the United States Army in 1982. She performed the duties of both mother and father to Donna and Debbie while Bob served two one year tours of duty in Vietnam and was called away from home for weeks or months at a time. The challenges of military life was as much a part of her life as it was Bob’s. She stood behind him, supported him, and loved him as they lived a nomadic life moving from station to station while serving their country. Whenever Bob was reassigned, she just packed up and moved again. This was their life together, living in 20 homes during Bob’s military career. In 1993, she and Bob moved back to Sacramento to live out their lives together.

Audrey had many talents. She became a Cosmetologist in 1979. She worked as a hairdresser for 13 years in Colorado and Oklahoma. She really enjoyed working with her elderly female clients. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, crocheting, reading, decorating her home, making crafts and ceramics, and playing games on her cell phone and iPad. Audrey enjoyed working with Bob on woodworking projects. She loved her animal friends. Her family had farm animals in Missouri, and she always had a cat, dog, or a bird in the home. She enjoyed large gatherings of family and friends. Nobody ever left her house hungry. She volunteered at the schools where Donna and Debbie attended. Audrey loved apple décor and the color pink. She would often make or buy things that had an apple on it. She could often be seen wearing pink and white clothes. She was of Protestant faith and enjoyed the work that she did in the various churches that the family attended.

Audrey was a wonderful mother to Donna and Debbie. Her love was unconditional. She was attentive to their needs. She taught them how to love, care for others, and be self-sufficient. She had fun with them. She took care of the household and provided a good home in which they could live and be proud.

Audrey was the best grandmother to Lauren Elizabeth Farley, born in 1997, and Michael John Farley, born in 2000. She took care of them every day whether she was ill or they were ill. She attended numerous school and sporting events and cheered loudly. She loved to take them on outings of various types. To her, they could do nothing wrong, and she was very proud of them.

Audrey was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved her family and friends and made an impact on many lives with her caring personality and positive outlook on life. She made this world a much better place for those who knew her. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lydia Anderson, brothers Paul and Charles Anderson, and sisters Mildred Rogers, Juanita Embrey, and Edith Gloyd.

A visitation and graveside service will be held on March 1, 2021 at East Lawn Mortuary and Sierra Hills Memorial Park in Sacramento, California. Pink will be worn in her memory.

Guestbook

  • Bob Arnold Cell Phone says:

    I will miss you very much, but will reunite shortly. Love ❤️ you, Bob

  • Debbie says:

    Hi Mom! I miss you everyday! I love you! You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. You are my Angel Momma.

  • Sam Schafer says:

    Aunt Audrey,

    You will forever be missed and I am glad to have been able to call you my great aunt. I will forever remember going to your house while I was growing up and either be greeted with an Easter basket, boxes of candy or your world famous rolls. It was always entertaining listening to you and my grandma June tell stores and your long tight hugs will be missed.

    Rest In Peace,

    Sam

  • Donna Farley says:

    Hi Mom! If only we could’ve had more time together before you left…I love you and will miss you terribly! When I look towards the stars, I will look for your sweet, smiling face again. Until we meet again…xoxo!

  • Michael Farley says:

    Grandma,
    I wish I had a chance to thank you for the laughs, memories, and times we shared together. You always found a way to make me laugh and I will always remember you with that big smile across your face and open arms for the hugs that you loved so much. I will miss you so much and will never forget the times we shared. Thank you for the friendship, love, and care you showed me and Lauren throughout our lives.

    I love you forever grandma,

    Michael

  • Sheila Velasquez says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all

    Sheila Velasquez

  • Lauren says:

    Grandma,
    You’re the best grandma the world has ever seen. I will miss you everyday but I’m so grateful for all the love you gave me throughout my life and I’m so glad you were so involved in mine and Michael’s lives. I’m glad you aren’t in pain anymore. I love you and we’ll see each other again. ❤️ Love, your granddaughter, Lauren

  • William Rogers says:

    R.I.P .Aunt Audrey You will be Missed by everybody that ever knew you !

  • Audrey…a welcoming smile and love of family was a special gift God gave you. Our paths didn’t cross very often due to us both being Army wives but when we did you always had welcoming arms and that big smile of yours. It was my privileged to call you my sister-in-law. Our lives had many changes through the years but that will never change. You raised two great girls showing them family values, staying true to yourself and most of all love. Bob was your soulmate, friend and love of your life. Anyone could see that when you were together. You will be missed greatly but we’ll all see you again. Fly with the angels Audrey. Love you! ❤️😇

  • Lynn Kris & Gage Fulkerson says:

    Rest In Peace Aunt Audrey. We will miss you. Tell Mildred (mom) hello from us! 💜

  • June Keen says:

    Audrey,

    You have always been the best sister in the world we share a lifetime of memories some sad some happy and through all the years, we grew closer and closer you’ll always live in my heart.

    My love to you forever June

  • Teresa Schafer says:

    Aunt Audrey,
    Thank you for being such a loving aunt. You showered me with love and happiness as long as I can remember. I will cherish all of my memories that we shared during vacations, holidays and family celebrations. I will always carry you in my heart! I’m happy we had our telephone conversation the night before you went to Heaven. I told you at that time, “I love you with all my heart!” I still do!
    Love always,
    Teresa

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