Thelma Gonce Arnold, 87, passed on from this life Monday, April 12, 2021.
The family will hold a special memorial service in Gordon, TX at a later date. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Holley Funeral Home, Canyon, Texas.
Thelma was born January 24, 1934, in Throckmorton County, Texas to Lena and W. F. Gonce. She was the fifth of eleven children. The family moved all over South Texas following farming work. She enjoyed helping to take care of her younger siblings. She attended Amarillo College to get her associates degree. She worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Anthony’s Hospital, as well as D & S Pharmacy and being a homemaker. She married George Arnold on September 4, 1952. They were married 60 years prior to his passing in May of 2012.
She was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, where she enjoyed working in the Nursery. Her hobbies included embroidery and quilting. She was an avid reader of John Grisham novels.
She had enormous favorable impact on many persons’ lives during her 87 years and her legacy will continue through our lives. She will be missed and remembered. We hold her in our hearts, as we release her to or Heavenly Father’s grace, mercy and love.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, George Franklin Arnold, Jr.; granddaughter, Laura Arnold; brothers, Worney Cleveland, Louis (Cat) Franklin, Jerry Garland, Charles (Chuck) Ray, and Worney (Red) Franklin, Jr., all Gonces; and sisters, Mary Ruth Gonce and Anna Geraldine Benson.
Survivors include a son, Edward Arnold, of Amarillo; daughters, Susan Thomas, and Darlene Dunn, both of Dallas, and Christine Cardenas and husband Danny, of Amarillo; Sisters, Nancy Lowe and husband Ramon, of Apple Valley, CA, Elaine Boykin, of Mart, and Linda Neatherlin of Mart; six grandchildren; Francisco Velasquez, Jeremy Velasquez, Nathan Thomas, Skyler Thomas, and Trevor & Morgan Cardenas; 4 great-grandchildren; Chase Weaver, Cameron Arnold, and Zoey & Piper Velasquez.
The family expresses great appreciation to the staff of BSA Hospice of the Southwest.