Jeanne (nee Scoggins) Arneson, 77, died on July 12, 2015, less than three months after the passing of her devoted husband of 46 years, James Craig Arneson. Jeanne had suffered a relatively mild stroke on April 22, but there’s no doubt the cause of death was a broken heart.
Jeanne was a force to be reckoned with. No one who met her will ever forget her. She was fiercely loyal to her husband, children, and grandchildren, to whom she exhibited a deep and inexhaustible love.
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, on September 17, 1937, Jeanne grew up in the small town of Barnardsville. As a young girl, she loved to sit on the porch swing and play with her dolls. She attended Barnardsville Baptist Church and played sports in school. She was especially fond of basketball. After her family moved to Greensboro, Jeanne graduated from Greensboro Senior High School. She graduated from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
She worked for Pilot Life Insurance Company, Duke University Hospital, and Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem (now Wake Forest Baptist Health). After meeting Jim and moving to Pennsylvania, she worked for St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Devon, Levin Luminais Eye Associates in Thorndale, and Harrison House in Christiana. Eventually, she returned to school to earn a nursing degree and held several nursing jobs through the years.
Like her father, Hubert, Jeanne was a voracious reader and always one of the local library’s best customers. She also loved crossword puzzles. She was an enthusiastic sports fan, particularly of ACC college basketball. She adopted Jim’s love of the Green Bay Packers and especially favored Clay Matthews. She was also a part-owner of the team.
Jeanne is survived by three daughters, Robin Gattis, Sherri Arneson, and Lisa Williamson; a son, Erik Arneson; five grandchildren, Linsey Wheeler, Craig Gattis, Payton Willamson, Keltie Williamson, and Kayden Williamson; and a brother, Jack Scoggins. They all miss her desperately but look forward to being reunited with her in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your local SPCA (Jim and Jeanne rescued many dogs through the years), St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Leukemia Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
Mom was awesome.