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Margaret N. “Maggie” Arnold Kelly

Margaret N. “Maggie” Arnold Kelly, 80, of Dalton, Ohio, a former longtime resident of Greenwood, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis.

She was born April 21, 1932, in Narrows, Va., to Cecil and Princess Virginia (Gearhart) Chandler.

She attended Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn., where she met her future husband, the Rev. Kenneth Arnold.

She married the Rev. Kenneth Arnold on Dec. 24, 1950, in Christiansburg, Va. He preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2000. She then married Bill Kelly; and he survives.

She was a member of Orville (Ohio) Christian Church and was a former member of Mount Pleasant Christian Church in the Center Grove area and Oaklandon Christian Church in Indianapolis.

She led many women’s Bible study groups and was instrumental in her late husband’s ministry.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many.

She was proud to have been the first to bathe all of her grandchildren and to teach them the sport of pingpong.

She was a master pie baker and especially known for her coconut cream pies.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Kelly of Dalton, Ohio; two daughters, Debi (Rick Ruegg) Dixon and Karen Anderson, both of Greenwood; her mother, Princess Virginia (Gearhart) Chandler of Dalton, Ohio; grandchildren Brad Thompson, Justin (Becky) Thompson and Nicole Thompson, all of Greenwood, Jessica Dixon of Denver, Michael Dixon of Phoenix, Whitney Duemmel of Columbus, Ohio, and Zachary Henderson of Steubenville, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Grace Thompson, Renee Thompson, Samuel Thompson and Lila Thompson; and a brother, Cecil (Barbara) Chandler of Crawfordsville.

She was preceded in death by her father; her first husband, the Rev. Kenneth Arnold; and a daughter, Bonnie “Susie” Henderson.

The Rev. Spence Tuttle will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Thursday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Rev. Kenneth Arnold and Maggie Arnold Scholarship Fund in care of Johnson Bible College, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202

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