Eloise Jane Arbogast Puffenbarger, age 96 ½, passed away peacefully, Sunday afternoon, January 19, 2020, of natural causes at Peyton Hospice House. She was surrounded by family.
Born May 24, 1923, in Dunmore, she was a daughter of the late William Harrison and Doshie Bell Ervin Arbogast.
Eloise was known by many as the kindest person they ever met. She loved people, animals, nature and Jesus Christ. She was a longtime supporter of The American Lung Association, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Wounded Warrior Project. She found kind humor in every situation and difficult circumstance.
Raised in the Methodist church, she enjoyed singing hymns to God. She was a solo soprano singer since age 13. In addition, she enjoyed music and came from a large family of creative artists, writers and musicians. She later attended the Baptist church in community and in her later years enjoyed the Pentecostal church community, but simply called herself a Christian, a Child of God, a Follower of Jesus Christ. She was a very optimistic, positive and hopeful person every day and encouraged others throughout her lifetime.
Eloise was a very neat, tidy person. Everything had a place and everything was in its place. She was a hard worker. She took great pride in housekeeping and doing pristine laundry. She made up her bed perfectly until the last two years.
She was very proud of her parents, her siblings, children and grandchildren. She called her daddy, “the best musician in the world.” Her daddy called her E-Loys, while her husband called her “Loys.” Later in life, she enjoyed being called “Puffy” by her grandchildren and her caregivers. She loved receiving greeting cards by mail and saved every one she had received since 1940.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Robert Lee Puffenbarger; sons, Rickey Lee and Larry Robert Puffenbarger; sisters, Juanita Pearl Lovelace, and O’Nita Merrell Puffenbarger; and brothers, Artines, Theodore, Corbett, Pershing and Golden Arbogast.
She is survived by her daughter, Myrna Jane Loudermilk, and husband, Earl, of Clintonville; a son, Thomas Eugene Puffenbarger, and wife, Gloria, of Rupert; 11 grandchildren, Vicki, Kipton, Gina, Tina, Jill, Lois, Eric, Sherri, Chip, Travis and Cindy; 16 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville with Pastor Stewart Farley officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Family will receive friends from noon until time of service.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, the ASPCA or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Online condolences may be made at www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com