December 19, 1933 ~ June 8, 2019
Born in: Halifax County, NC
Resided in: Aurora, CO
Christine E. Arnold, age 85, passed away in Aurora, Colorado on June 8, 2019. She was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
Christine was born on a farm in Halifax County, North Carolina, on December 19, 1933 to Mack Cullen Etheridge and Mary Della Bland Etheridge; she was number five of eleven children. In 1950, at the age of 16, Christine’s family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she attended John Marshall High School. It was there that Chris met her late husband, James (Jim) Lewis Arnold, although they did not marry until 1956.
Christine married her first husband, Horace Haywood Glass, and gave birth to her first son, Ryland Stuart Glass in 1953. Three weeks after Ryland was born, Horace was killed in an automobile accident. Chris worked for the telephone company from 1952 to 1956, until she married her late husband and high school sweetheart, James (Jim) Lewis Arnold.
Shortly after their marriage, Christine, Jim and Ryland moved to Florida, where Jim was stationed in the Air Force. This is where Christine gave birth to her second son, Mark Arnold, in the Eglin AFB hospital. Jim was stationed in Japan for a short time in the spring of 1957, leaving Christine and the boys in Richmond, Virginia. After Jim returned from Japan, the family moved to the Washington D.C. area, where Christine gave birth to her third son, Glenn Arnold, in the Andrews AFB hospital. Just fifteen months later, Jim was re-stationed, and the family moved to North Dakota, where they remained for the next five years. During this time, Christine gave birth to her fourth son, Gregory Arnold, in 1960. She then gave birth to her first and only daughter, Holly (Meis) Arnold, in 1962. Christine always wanted a little girl!
In September of 1963, the family was able to move closer to family in Richmond, when Jim was given a special assignment to the Washington Air Defense sector at Fort Lee, Virginia, where they remained for the next three years. After their time in Virginia, Jim was re-stationed at ENT AFB in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the family lived for the next four years until they moved again, when Jim was given a special assignment at Fort Mormouth, New Jersey. During their nine months in New Jersey, Christine and the kids were able to spend many memorable days at the beach, while Jim was away.
After many years of moving around the country, Jim was assigned to Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado, where the family bought their first home. Although Jim was sent to Thailand shortly after they purchased their home, the family remained in Aurora, Colorado. It was in Colorado where the children finished school and began to marry and have children of their own.
When Holly was in junior high, Christine began to work for the J.C. Penney Custom Design Department, where she was employed for the next five years. Christine worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for the next seventeen years, until she retired in April of 1995. After retirement, Christine and Jim were able to travel all over the United States to visit family and friends. She was very proud of her career, however her biggest love in life was being with her family. Christine was overjoyed at the addition of her eight wonderful grandchildren: Tanisha, Blake, Jessica, James II, Ryland Jr., Steele, Amber and Hunter to the family. On April 30, 2001 Christine lost her beloved husband, Jim. Shortly after Jim passed away, the family grew even larger in number and love, as seven wonderful great-grandchildren: Danika, Charlie, Ellie, Bellamy, Declan, Spencer and Emery were brought into this world. After all the new additions to the family, Christine experienced tragedy on March 17, 2011 when her young Marine grandson, Steele Meis, was killed in Afghanistan, defending his country. February 28, 2015, Christine lost her one and only daughter and Steele’s mother, Holly Meis, at a young age, to lung cancer.
Christine is preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Mary Etheridge, her siblings: Willie Etheridge, Jesse Etheridge, Harvey Etheridge, Harry Etheridge, Eugene Etheridge, Ruth Taylor, Marie Lewis, Maxine Adams and Carolyn Etheridge, her husband James Arnold, her daughter Holly Meis and her grandson ¬¬¬¬Steele Meis.
Christine is survived by her sister, Linda Ca her sons: Ryland Glass (Jennifer), Mark Arnold, Glenn Arnold and Gregory Arnold (Brenda), her grandchildren: Tanisha Talbott, Blake Arnold, Jessica Maymi, James Arnold II, Ryland Glass Jr., Amber Arnold and Hunter Meis and her great-grandchildren: Danika Talbott, Charlie Maymi, Ellie Arnold, Bellamy Maymi, Declan Glass, Spencer Arnold and Emery Glass.