Mary Clarke Arnold of West Chester

Mary Clarke Arnold, 86, of West Chester, died Monday, June 5, at her home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Thomas J. Arnold, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Robert and the late Dorothy (Burrell) Clarke.

Mary Clarke Arnold

Survivors include two sons, Clarke S. Arnold of West Chester, and Stephen Arnold of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Christopher Clarke of South Bend, Ind. and four grandchildren, Michael, Mary Catherine “Molly,” Catherine “Katie” and Megan.

Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1953 and a master’s in education from Syracuse University in 1958.  She was an elementary school teacher for 29½ years.  She taught in New York and Pennsylvania.

She was also an avid watercolor painter. She took up painting after retiring and has sold more than 60 of her works. Many friends have received copies of her paintings as Christmas cards.

Mary loved to travel and saw much of the world including Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, China, Egypt, Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Indonesia, Morocco, Monaco. Life did not pass her by.

A memorial service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek, 579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd, Newark, DE 19711 on Thursday, June 29 at 3 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

Instead of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, 501 South High Street West Chester, PA 19382. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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