Mildred Nadine Foreman Arnold

Published 12:05 am Friday, November 28, 2014

May 16, 1932 – Nov. 27, 2014

GLOSTER — Funeral services for Mildred Nadine “Nakie” Forman, 82, who died Thursday Nov. 27, 2014, will be at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster.

Burial service will follow at Mount Vernon Cemetery under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service.

Arnold was born on May 16, 1932, the daughter of Burley and Trudy Foreman.

Known as “Nakie” to her family and friends, this dear woman knew how to work hard. She taught herself how to sew when her children were young and fine-tuned her skills while working at the Singer Sewing Machine Company. During her employment at H.F. Byrne, Nakie learned how to make draperies. Over the years, she made drapes for many of the antebellum homes in the Natchez area. As seamstress at Benoist’s her work brought her together with hundreds of people in Natchez. The name of Nadine Arnold was on the tip of the tongue when people needed a seamstress, whether it was for altering hemlines on dresses and pants or sewing gowns for Pilgrimage.

She began to learn upholstering as a part time venture that eventually became a full time business. Following her retirement from Benoist’s, Nadine worked for many additional years as a caregiver for Mrs. Clarence Bowlin “Pete” and as a housekeeper for Clarence.

Diminishing health made it impossible for Nadine to live independently and most recently, she resided at Wilkinson County Senior Care in Centreville, Rapidly progressing lung cancer brought her long and fulfilling life to a sudden end on November 27, 2014, Thanksgiving Day.

We have deep gratitude and appreciation for the staff at Wilkinson County Senior Care and also the Field Memorial Hospital for their professional and compassionate care not only for our beloved mama, but also for us as we accompanied her through her illness to her passing.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, T. Willie Arnold; parents; sisters, Bonnelle Forman Bohall and Betty Rose Foreman Campbell; and brothers, Bryant Foreman and Bennis Forman.

Survivors include son Thomas “Danny” Arnold and wife, Pam Daigle Arnold, Edward L. Arnold; daughter, Sharon Arnold Groover and husband, Luckie Jack Groover; siblings Mary Nell Forman Borel, Johseph “Blue” Foreman and wife, Hannie, and William “Billy” Foreman and wife, Carolyn; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.