Mary Lou Arnold

Mary Lou Arnold of Colorado Springs died peacefully on March 17. Arnold was born December 12, 1937 in Mogote.

A Colorado native, Arnold grew up in Leadville where she met her future husband and promptly set him up on a date with her cousin Susan. After graduating from high school, Mary Lou moved to Denver and received her secretarial certification from business school. After moving back to Leadville, she reconnected with Carl and married him in November 1959.

Mary Lou and Carl moved to Fort Collins, where she worked while Carl finished college. Later, the family moved to La Junta and Mary Lou worked for the county social services department. Eventually, the family relocated to Alamosa and Mary Lou worked as office secretary at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

After later moving to Colorado Springs, Mary Lou kept busy babysitting her grandchildren. She had many hobbies, including handwriting analysis, reading voraciously, crocheting, playing bingo, bowling (in her younger years), playing the slot machines in Cripple Creek, and listening to her favorite musicians, Elvis, Sinatra and her brother’s band. “Mom and Dad always had a place in their heart and home for anyone who needed a place to hang their hat,” her children said.

Arnold was predeceased by her parents Manuel and Edubijen Martinez; son Brett; sister Edna; and her husband Carl. She is survived by her brother Edward; sister Vangie; children Marcelino and Carla (Cary); four grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral service to celebrate her life took place at 1:30 p.m. on March 24 at Cappadona Funeral Home. Flowers and condolences may be offered at 1020 E. Fillmore, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.