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Aline Arnold 1931 – 2019


Dr. Aline Arnold of Conroe, Texas passed away Feb. 4, 2019 in Vitas Hospice Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. She was born April 7, 1931 in Haskell, Texas to Bert and Juanita Marchbanks. The family moved from there to Ellis County, Texas where Aline graduated from Ennis High School in 1948. She received an Associates degree from Eastfield Junior College and her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD from North Texas University in Denton. Her studies were in Business Administration, Marketing, and Economics. Her special interests were International Business and Health Care Administration. Aline was first married to William T. “Bill” Prestidge in 1949 and then to Walter Eugene “Gene” Arnold in 1969. She served as a hospital administrator for Ennis Municipal Hospital following work as an Administrative Assistant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. After receiving her PhD, she taught at North Texas University in Denton, Texas, Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas and a move to Eastern Illinois State University in Charleston, Illinois which established her as Chair of the Lumpkin College of Business. From there, she retired and she and Gene moved to Conroe. Having worked since her teens and not ready to stop completely, she took a Volunteer position as Executive Director of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. This turned into a full-time commitment and she loved every minute of it. Dr. Arnold is preceded in death by her husband, Gene, and her parents, Bert and Juanita Marchbanks. She leaves daughter Teresa Prestidge of Ennis, step-son Hubert “Tex” Arnold and his wife Linda of New York City, grandchildren Rebecca Whiteside, Kyle Anderson and Robert Anderson, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson. Also, brother Doyle Marchbanks of Ennis, sister Gale Osmera of Atascosita. Near and dear to her heart was her entire Conroe Symphony “family” and her “adopted” son, Sal Viviano of New York City. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 a 11:30 a.m. in the Myrtle Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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