Roberta  Arnold


Roberta Jean Arnold, 75, of Ottumwa, died peacefully at 3:43 p.m. September 6, 2019 at her home.
She was born August 24, 1944 in Davis County to Beulas Edwin and Mary Irene Kinsler Gravett. She married Dennis H. Arnold October 14, 1962 and he preceded her in death December 6, 2011.
A graduate of Davis County High School in 1962, Roberta worked for J.C. Penney, United Federal Savings and for South Ottumwa Savings Bank, retiring as Branch Manager from the Pennsylvania Ave. location.
She was member of Willard Street United Methodist Church. Friendships were important to Roberta. She enjoyed spending time with her friends from church and her colleagues from work. She also enjoyed traveling, spending time with her donut group and playing cards with friends. Most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are two daughters, Becky (David) Botter of Gadsden, TN and Lisa (John) King of Chaska, MN seven grandchildren, Rachel King, Preston Botter, Rebecca Botter, Brian Botter, Mary Caroline Botter, Olivia Botter and James Dennis Miller Botter; a sister-in-law, Judy Gravett of Nixa, MO; several nieces and nephews; and her mother-in-law, Wilma Arnold of Ottumwa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert Gravett and infant, Rex LaVern Gravett; and an infant sister, Carma Lea Gravett.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shaul Cemetery or Sarcoma Foundation of America.
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Published on September 9, 2019
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3 posts

Linda Canode
Sep 12, 2019
Roberta was the best neighbor, we watched out for each other. She will be missed dearly. Sorry for your loss.
Robin Morrow
Sep 09, 2019
I was Roberta's nail tech for quite some time. I enjoyed talking with her about Dennis and her family. She loved all of them very much and I really enjoyed listening to her adventures she had with them. She will be missed.
Carol Lewis
Sep 09, 2019
Roberta was such a brave wonderful woman. So enjoyed her at Willard St. United Methodist and at auctions we both enjoyed. Loved hearing about her family adventures. She will be missed.