On March 12, 2018, Nancy Pinkerton Arnold (Bend, OR) has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a result of complications from the bite 6 years ago from a brown recluse spider. Born May 19, 1929 in Conneaut Ohio, to Anna and J Alan Pinkerton. She graduated from Conneaut High school and Kent State University, Kent OH and a member of Chi Omega Sorority.
Nancy was a dedicated and gifted elementary school teacher for over 40 years in the Los Angeles (CA) and Buckeye Local School Districts (Ashtabula, OH). She began her teaching career in Pompano Beach, FL. After relocating to Chino, CA, she met her biggest challenge in teaching 36 first graders of whom over half were non-english speaking. She was proud to say that by the end of the school year 98% of the class were speaking and reading at grade level. She married and had children, keeping her in CA for over 20 years. Family obligations brought her and her children back to NE Ohio, settling in Ashtabula, teaching in Buckeye Local School District until June of 1998, when she retired.
She was a long time member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Elks and a volunteer at the Ashtabula Arts Center and Harbor High School Music Boosters. Upon retiring, she began her second career in service to the community. For nearly 20 years she volunteered in a variety of capacities at Ashtabula County Medical Center, the Maritime Museum, the Ashtabula County Historical Society, where she was secretary for many years, curator of the Jenny Munger Museum and more. When she wasn’t tending to her many duties, she spent time with friends enjoying the beauty and all that NE Ohio has to offer. She also enjoyed travelling to and around the west coast seeing friends, family and doting on the grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom she so thoroughly adored.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Anna and J Alan Pinkerton, brother, William (Bill) Pinkerton, sister in law, Carolyn Goff Pinkerton, sister, Margaret (Peggy) Pinkerton Parker, brother in law, James Parker and grand daughter, Anna. She is survived by her son Drew (Shelly) Arnold and daughter Suzanne (David) Minshew. Grandchildren Andrew (Vivian), Brooke (Chad), Christopher, Nicholas, William. Great Grandchildren Alana, Liliana, Siena, Hezekiah and Bronsyn. She is also survived by cousin/Sister and friend, Jaynne Brockett Clave and dear friends, Dennis Jokilehto and Mary Jane Bumgarner (Ashtabula, OH).
A memorial will be held at Hope Church, Arroyo Grande, CA, Saturday, March 31st at 11:00 am.
At Nancy’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations to the National Kidney Foundation are much appreciated. She will be greatly missed and remembered as a strong, proud, resourceful and independent woman who lived a life of selflessly putting others before herself. We honor her loving memory.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Nancy