Muriel Arney

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Muriel MacKay Arney, former longtime resident of Austin, passed away on June 25, 2010.  
She grew up in Minneapolis, where she lived near Lake Harriet and loved to swim, canoe, and play tennis. She attended Carleton College where she met her future husband, Dick Arney, who preceded her in death in 2001. She lived in Austin for more than 30 years where she was a homemaker and an active volunteer in the community. She was a gray lady, a girl scout leader, a boy scout leader, active in the American Field Service, hosting a student from Switzerland, and a Sunday school teacher at the First Congregational Church. She liked to grow roses, play bridge, read and cook for her family and friends. Her specialties were ginger cream cookies, lemon cookies and her holiday corn recipe. She moved to Chicago with her husband in 1967 where she enjoyed going to the museums, to the theater and walking on the beach of Lake Michigan. She continued her volunteer activities by working in a children’s literacy program. She and her husband retired and moved to Pauma Valley, Calif., in 1973 where they lived for more than 25 years. She loved traveling, and she and her husband traveled in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She moved to Colorado in 2004.
She is survived by her son, Richard Arney (Diane) of Orinda, Calif.; daughters, Natalie Williams (Earl) of Kingwood, Texas, Jan Arney (Tom Cimino) of Boulder, Colo.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Pauma Valley, Calif.

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