Mildred Nadine Foreman Arnold

Published 12:01 am Saturday, November 29, 2014

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May 16, 1932 – Nov. 27, 2014

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

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

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Arnold was born May 16, 1932, in the Homochitto community, the daughter of Burley and Trudy Bass Foreman.

She met T. Willie Arnold in the community, and they were married in 1948. Together they had three children and lived in Crosby. They later moved to Natchez in 1959.

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 a number of the antebellum homes in the Natchez area. As seamstress at Benoist, 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, 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 Nov. 27, 2014, Thanksgiving Day.

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

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

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.