Patricia Arnold loved angels, but those who knew her suspected she might be an angel herself.
"She loved to help other people," said her son, Jesse J. Arnold. "Everyone looked at her as sort of a mother figure."
Mrs. Arnold's angel collection, which contained more than 100 pieces, began on a whim. The veteran teacher always named her class "Arnold's Angels" for field day activities. The name stuck, and family and friends began giving her the figurines and dolls for special occasions.
Mrs. Arnold, 61, died Sunday. The funeral was at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Springfield Baptist Church. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
According to Carolyn Stevens, the administrative assistant at Springfield Baptist, Mrs. Arnold always reached out to others in need.
"She liked to help the underdog," she said. "Whatever there was to be done she would do it, sometimes at her own expense."
Mrs. Arnold would help fund church youth field trips. She also bought gifts for children in the church whose parents might not have the means to buy them, Mrs. Stevens said.
Mrs. Arnold was a native of Augusta and a member of the Richmond County Association of Retired Educators, the Senior Citizens Council and Springfield Baptist Church, where she served as vice president of the Gospel Chorus, was a member of the Missionary Society and the Trustee Board and was former director of the church's Vacation Bible School program.
Other survivors include a daughter, Jacquelyn J. Arnold, Augusta; her mother, Sophia Green, Augusta; a brother, Clifford Tate, Denver; and two sisters, Betty Anderson and Lillie Green, both of Augusta.
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