Kathy McFarland Arnold was born in Eagletown, Oklahoma on Tuesday, December 3, 1935 and moved to New Mexico with her family in the late 1940's. Kathy graduated from Gallup High School in 1954. Following graduation, Kathy enrolled in University of New Mexico and became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at UNM, where she formed many life-long friendships. It was also at UNM that she met, and later married, Paul Arnold in 1957. The beautiful marriage lasted 64 years and is a testimony to their love and commitment to each other and to their families.
After working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kathy spent most of her life as a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Kathy was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Yucca Temple #74 and the Assistance League of Albuquerque. She served as a Cub Scout pack den mother and worked at local election polls for decades. An avid reader, Kathy also enjoyed playing card and board games with her family and bridge with friends and neighbors. A lifelong learner, Kathy was a dedicated fan of the Jeopardy! game show. She often enjoyed weekend outings with family and friends for decades and developed a love for international travel and frequent excursions to Las Vegas with Paul.
A Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at FRENCH-University. A Graveside Service will be on Saturday, March 4, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE, 87107. with a Celebration of Life to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Ballut Abyad Shriners, 6600 Zuni Rd SE, 87108. Kathy is survived by her son, Mark (Karen) Arnold of Florida; daughter, Karen (Wayne) Barger of Colorado; grandson, Jason (Jill) Arnold of North Carolina; granddaughter, Courtney Arnold (Julian Llerena) of Texas; grandson, Christopher Barger (Sinikka) of Colorado; grandson, Matthew (Trish) Barger of Arizona; two great- grandchildren, Brady Barger and Emmett Barger of Colorado. Kathy passed peacefully in Florida on Sunday, January 29, 2023, after a brief illness. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a Memorial donation to the Assistance League of Albuquerque or to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Friday, March 3, 2023
3:30 - 5:00pm (Mountain time)
FRENCH - University
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)
Sunset Memorial Memorial Park