Arnold, Sally Borland

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Sally Borland Arnold, 80, of Blacksburg, VA joined a host of saints and her beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven on October 30, 2014. She was born to the late William and Emily Borland, Oct. 3. 1934, in Plainfield, NJ, but lived her early life in Pelham Manor, NY.

Sally graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1952, and received an Assoc. BA from Averitt College, in 1954. She married Richard M. Arnold in 1955, and they lived together in numerous locations; VA, WV, IN, IL, CT and NJ before retiring to Blacksburg in 1997.

Sally worked for Wm. Estes Co. in NYC, Virginia Tech, and Union Carbide in WV, before becoming a full time mother. She was an active volunteer and member of the church choirs wherever she lived, and most recently an active member of Blacksburg United Methodist Church. Sally loved her family and friends and was a person of great compassion. People were always drawn to her in some magical way, and greatly admired her ability to persevere despite long lasting and painful chronic health issues. She loved; music, reading, knitting and sewing, and attending Virginia Tech women’s basketball and softball games.

Sally is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard M. Arnold of Blacksburg, three children: Bradford B. Arnold (Irina) of Torrance, CA, Sharon Johnston (Greg) of Los Angeles, CA, Stephanie Hern of New Providence, NJ, and one sister Joan Bensinger (Jim) of Keene, NH. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, one great-grandson, and a number of cousins, nephews, nieces, one brother in-law and two sister in-laws.

The family would like to thank the loving care given to Sally by; Dr. Greg Beato and staff, and the staffs of Good Samaritan Hospice, Lewis-Gale Montgomery Hospital, Warm Hearth Kroontje Center, Heritage Hall and Traci’s Caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Lupus Foundation, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036, or Blacksburg United Methodist Church, 111 Church St., Blacksburg, VA 24060.

A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 8th. at 11:00am at Blacksburg United Methodist Church, followed by a reception, also in the church.