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Barbara Jean Arnold, 79, of White Plains died Feb. 17, 2012, at Civista Medical Center.

Born July 13, 1932, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Samuel Everett Williams and Lottie Mary Pickrell.

She worked for more than 20 years for the federal government as a secretary for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

She enjoyed browsing through cookbooks looking for that special recipe, and her favorite TV show was the Grand Ole Opry. Drama club performances by her grandchildren at McDonough High School were a special love.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Everett Arnold; and her sisters, Betty Purdy and Shirley McCall.

She is survived by her daughter, Shawnie Hart and husband, Michael; her siblings, Nina Wilkerson of Mechanicsville and Donald L. Shivers; two grandchildren, Lexi and Donovan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., with prayers to be said at 7 p.m., at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall. A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at noon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall. The Rev. Nancy James will officiate. Interment will follow at Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Cheltenham at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maurice J. McDonough High School Drama Club, 7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret, MD 20675.