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Mary Ellen (Ritchey) Arnold

October 26, 1928 ~ November 11, 2021 (age 93)

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Mary Ellen Arnold 93, a resident of Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of Bedford, died Thursday, November 11, 2021.  She was born on October 26, 1928 in Bedford a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Grace Edna (May) Ritchey.  On June 1, 1947 in Cumberland, MD she married William Dale Arnold who preceded her in death on May 22, 2014.  She is survived by two daughters: Sue Ellen Miller and husband Jack, of Jamestown, NC, and Ann Morgan and husband Mark, of LaVale, MD; a son Donald Dale Arnold and fiancé Janie Lemley, of Bedford; four grandchildren: Myndie Miller, of Highpoint, NC, April Dawn Foor and husband Devin, of Clayton, NC, Alexis Ann Berkey and husband Mike, of Bedford, and Matthew Thomas Morgan and wife Caitlin, of Crownsville, MD; four great-grandchildren: Cole Lebre Martin, Daxton Alexavier Foor, Decklyn Alizabeth Foor, and Zane Berkey; a brother Joseph C. “Bud” Ritchey Jr widower of Flo, of Koontzville; a sister-in-law Rena Ritchey, of Reynoldsdale; and a special brother-in-law, G. “Donald” Arnold, of Baltimore, MD.  She was preceded in death by a granddaughter Jennifer Ann Miller, a brother William Ritchey; two brothers-in-law: Charlie Arnold and Paul Victor Arnold; and a sister-in-law Hazel Gates.

Mary Ellen and Dale worked a year with Kohr Brothers Ice Cream in Salem Willows Beach, MA which led them to become the founders of the Dairy Dale Ice Cream Store.  She was a member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ, and enjoyed attending the bible study with her friends.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Bedford Springs Chapter #41.  Mary Ellen was a resident of Homewood at Martinsburg over the last several years, and became close friends with several of the residents and staff there.  She was a lover of all pets and animals, and enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held private.  Arrangements by the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mary Ellen’s name to: Bedford County Humane Society, 182 Bohn Road, Bedford, PA 15522.

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Bedford County Humane Society
182 Bohn Road, Bedford PA 15522
Tel: 1-814-623-8968

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