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Belva Lea Arnold

April 14, 2020

Belva Lea Arnold, 71, of Newton, died Tuesday (April 14, 2020).

She was born April 8, 1949, in Great Bend, the oldest child of

Edward and Doris Arnold.

Belva is preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her

sisters, Sue Arnold, of Newton; Linda (Don) Roswurm, of Derby;

niece, Kari (Shane) Schott, great nieces, Lexi and Joci, of Derby;

nephew, Robert (Karen) Roswurm, great nephew, Bradley and

great niece Bella, of Wichita.

Belva is a member of The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),

Newton. Her passion in the church was the children. She was a 1967 graduate

of Moundridge High School. She received her Degree of

Cosmetology in 1968. She worked for many years as the

Activity aide at Kansas Christian Home.

There will be no visitation. A graveside burial will be at Leon

Cemetery, Leon.

Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church (Junior Youth

Fellowship) in care of Petersen’s Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton,

Kansas 67114. For more information visit


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26 thoughts on “Belva Lea Arnold

  1. Belva will be remembered for her ever present loving and giving spirit. My prayers are with your family.

  2. Sending my most heartfelt condolences to Belva’s family.
    We worked together as cosmetologist, Belva was such a sweet person and she was very helpful about everything. She will be missed. Rest in God’s eternal light Belva…

  3. I will dearly miss our Belva-Dear. Sue and Belva were leaders of our church youth group and we will all hold those fun, memorable years in our hearts every time we think of her. Her infectious laugh, her humor, her friendship. I’m blessed that she was my friend.

  4. To my sweet cousins Linda Roswurm and Sue Arnold, I send my love and prayers for peace and comfort. Miss Belva Lea was a wonderfully fun individual with a sweet heart.
    I wish I could be with you all this week. Our GOD is awesome, Belva’s home.

  5. Belvie, You will be missed! I loved working with her at Braum’s. I will miss your sweat, thoughtful words to me and my family. Will love you and never forget you! Praying for the family!

  6. Belva was a wonderful, sweet,and comical soul! I loved working with her at Braum’s many many moons ago. Sue, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

  7. Belva was a kind, loving person to all who knew her. She loved her family and had such a close relationship with all her nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all!

  8. Belva’s smile, wit and laughter will be missed. My thoughts are with the family. So happy I got to know her.

  9. Growing up some of my favorite activities were Arnold Family reunions in Newton and Memorial Day gatherings in Leon. I always looked forward to being greeted by Belva and Sue’s smiling faces. I wish I could be in Leon tomorrow for the service. You will all be in my prayers.

  10. When I think of Belva what I remember most is all the fun we had as a youth group with her and Sue as the leaders. Good memories

  11. Belva was such a wonderful person. She was always so great to us kids. I grew up hanging out in the shop and all the girls were family to us. Belva will be dearly missed.

  12. What a great lady! We always had a great time working together. Belva was a kind and loving person I will miss her.

  13. I’m sorry for the family’s loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Belva and yet I have been reading about her and am touched by her sharing nature with children and her sweet, joking, loving way and how much she loved her family. My love and prayers are with her loving family Linda (Don) Roswurm and all for your horrible loss. She was a great lady and loved by all. I surely do wish I could have met her.

  14. To Belva Dear’s family: we will miss Belva, but are so happy that she is now rejoicing with her Savior and receiving her jewel filled crown, her reward for all the many, many good, thoughtful, and giving things she did for so many people.
    We (to ourselves) called Belva and Sue “ the book ends” and between the two of them, was so much good stuff! Well done Belva!
    And blessings… to all of her family as you live on with her memories to make you laugh.
    John and Rita

  15. I’ve known Belva since I was a kid. She was a good friend of my mom and dads and I remember getting my hair done in her shop. I remember her telling my mom when I was getting my haircut how perfectly still I sat for her. That memory has always stuck in my mind.
    Belva, I’ll always remember you for your kindness and loving ways u had and I’ll miss you so much. Rest with the angels and one day we will be reunited. Sue, I’m so sorry for such a great loss. You are always in my thoughts and prayers

  16. I worked with Belva at Kansas Christian Hone. She was such a sweet lady. Sending prayers to her family.

  17. Belva was a sweet and kind person. Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  18. Sue I’m sorry for the lost of Belva she surely will be missed my prayers are with you and your family

  19. Oh my. It is difficult to imagine the world without you Belvie. But I know Jesus has welcomed you with great joy and celebration. I will miss you.

  20. Awww… Dear sweet Belvie. Heaven gained a beautiful angel! I grew up with Belva and Sue in the First Christian Church and all of the youth programs. When you think of one sister, you can’t help but include the other. They both touched and helped shape my life and countless others, in so many ways. They were perfect examples of serving God and His church, of the importance of family and keeping them close, of choosing forgiveness and kindness and loving like God taught us to love. They welcomed everyone into their lives and their church family and something I learned so much from was the way Belva and Sue both, embraced people for who they were, just as they were. I’m forever grateful for their leadership and friendship and feel so incredibly blessed to have shared a huge part of my journey with them in it! ❤️

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