Mary Kate Dugger Arnold, 85, of Butler, TN went home to be with her Lord while surrounded by her loving family and special brother, Frank, on July 29, 1015 at her residence, after a hard fought battle with a lengthy illness.
She was born on May 30, 1930, in Carter County, TN to the late Ed Dugger and Dorothy Pierce Dugger Oliver. She was married to the late J.E. Arnold on June 27, 1947, who was her husband for 36 years. Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Michael (Mick) Oliver, Ron Oliver and Bill Dugger.
Mary Kate is survived by her daughters: Phyllis Arnold Matherly (Mack), DeEtte Arnold Hampton (Herb) both of Butler TN, Burnadene Arnold Blevins (Mark) of Knoxville, TN, Lesa Arnold Brown (Tim) of Laurel Bloomery, TN; four grandchildren: Duane Stout, Kevin Hampton, Liza Hampton Sykes and Jenna Brown Rouse; five great grandchildren: Devin, Blade, Gage, Chloe and Carson, and two great-great grandchildren: Ashlynn and Carter; brothers: Tony Pierce (Ann) of Hampton, Frank Oliver (June) of Elizabethton; sister, Betty Oliver Pritchard (Don) of Butler; one brother-in-law, Elwood Arnold of Butler; three sisters-in-law: Mary Arnold of Tucson, AZ, Sue Arnold of Butler, and Corrine Arnold of IN and a host of nephews and nieces.
Mary Kate loved her church and was an active member of Little Doe Baptist Church. She was a member of the Beta Theta Womens Club of Johnson County, and she was voted Mother of the Year award in 1989 by the Butler Ruritan. She was a hard worker along side her husband on the farm until his death. She then worked at Lakecrest Grill, Pleasants Store, T&Js Grill and Craigs Coffee House up until the time of her illness. She loved working in her garden and growing beautiful flowers. She was extremely talented when it came to sewing and painting ceramics.
A service to celebrate the life of Mary Kate Arnold was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015 in the Little Doe Baptist Church, Butler with the Rev. Kreg Smith officiating. The eulogy was given by Betty Brown. Interment followed in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music was Becky Arnold, soloist. Active Pallbearers were grandchildren and sons-in-law. Honorary pallbearers were her church family. Her family would like to say a special Thank You to her caregivers, Dr. Raina Sluder, and friends who helped her through the years. The family received friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. Friends may also visit with the family at her residence. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Pat Summitt Foundation (Finding a Cure for Alzheimers) at 520 W. Summitt Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902 or go on line to www.patsummitt.org. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Arnold family.