Lois S. Jenkins Arnold

November 11, 2010 • Obituaries


Lois S. Jenk[auth] ins Arnold was born May 16, 1915, in Beaver, Okla., the eldest daughter of 10 children to William H. and Alla Jenkins. Her farming family moved to Hagerman in 1927, where she attended Hagerman schools, graduating from Hagerman High School in 1937. She furthered her education by attending ENMUPortales. After obtaining a teaching certificate she taught in one-room school houses at Acme and Crawford, east of Dexter. She looked back on those two years with great fondness and stayed in touch with many of her students.

While teaching at Crawford she met Ennis Atkinson who later became her first husband. They purchased the Basin Ranch east of Bottomless Lakes and raised cattle. Four children were born to that union: Oleta May Atkinson (died at birth), Jerry and wife, Sharon Atkinson, of Hartford, Ark., Daniel Atkinson and wife, Sylvia, of Roswell and Margaret Marsh and husband, Dan, of San Francisco, Calif. Roswell became her permanent residence in 1959. She was briefly married to Roy Titus and later in life married Dan Arnold who was a kind and loving husband to her until his death in 1991. Lois was an active member of the Central Church of the Nazarene.

She had an extensive knowledge of the history of Roswell and the surrounding area, joyfully sharing those stories with others. In addition to her adult children, Lois had five grandchildren: Kathryn of Hartford, Ark., Kerry of Las Cruces, Megan of Olympia, Wash., Annette of Atlanta, Ga., and William of Austin, Texas, and three great-grandchildren.

She was also close to her sister who was also her best friend, Ruth Rhodes and her children, Frank Rhodes, Clifford Rhodes, Jane Andres and Kathleen Harmon, deceased.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Hagerman Cemetery. Ar rangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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