Juanita Arnold, 94, of Prophetstown, died March 4, 2010, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Home, Prophetstown, surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held March 9, at Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole. Visitation was held one hour prior to the services. Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, Prophetstown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Heifer International.


Juanita Arnold, 94, of Prophetstown, died March 4, 2010, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Home, Prophetstown, surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held March 9, at Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole. Visitation was held one hour prior to the services. Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, Prophetstown, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Heifer International.

Juanita Jacqueline Mathis was born July 25, 1915, in Tampico, the daughter of Allen and Josephine (Clementz) Mathis. She moved with her family to Lyndon and from there to Hooppole, where she attended school, finishing her senior year of high school in Geneseo. She then attended the Art Institute of Chicago until called home to care for her ill mother. She taught in Ringel country grade school and Hooppole grade school and worked as a bookkeeper for the Hooppole, Yorktown and Tampico Railroad. She played the pipe organ at the Hooppole Zion EUB church for many years.

She married George Arnold Dec. 6, 1951, and they farmed near Hooppole. She delighted in raising her children, growing a garden and cooking good food. Her pie crusts were flaky. She liked to draw for special occasions. Her work was lively and often whimsical. She had a love for reading and learning which she never outgrew, enjoying things like philosophy and astronomy until she couldn’t read any more. She loved all aspects of country life (except maybe plowed dirt blowing in the spring) and had a high regard for the work of caring for the land. She could be stern as a judge, but was always supportive of her family. She was a good mother, and her children are grateful for that. She believed in the Creator and that gave her peace.
Survivors include her daughters and spouses, Becky and Bruce Jones of Prophetstown and Barb and Chris Reynolds of Colona; a son and spouse, Phil and Cheryl Arnold of Prophetstown; 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband and one infant daughter.