Arvilla Hughes McKay Arbon


Arvilla Hughes McKay Arbon – Aug. 1910

Arvilla Hughes McKay Arbon, 76, 1004 E. Center, died Saturday morning (30 May 1987) at a local nursing home following an illness.

She was born in August of 1910 to Jacob and Ellen Thorpe Hughes. She was reared in Pleasantview and attended school in Malad, graduating from Malad high School. During her high school years, she won many awards in debate.

On August 14, 1929, she married James S. McKay in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He died June 6, 1954.

On February 14, 1958, she married Joseph N. Arbon in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died September 23, 1972.

Mrs. Arbon lived in Malad until 1931 when she and her husband moved to Downey where she resided until 1957. In 1957, she moved to Pocatello and resided there until her death.

She was a secretary at the Downey High School, where she also taught home economics. She had worked as an accountant at Almond Ford Garage and Mid Valley Motors in Downey. She was also a dental assistant for Dr. Seppi in Downey. She worked as a bookkeeper for Bullock Motor in Pocatello.

Mrs. Arbon was talented in dress-making, sewing, crocheting, candy making, oil painting, calligraphy, crafts and ceramics. She was a member of the Downey Study Club and was a past member of the “500” Club and Downey Needle-Art Sewing Club. She was a member of the LDS Church where she served in various positions. She was Sunday school secretary, visiting teacher, ward and stake Relief Society president, young Women’s stake board member, and class leader in Relief Society.

Survivors include a son, James D. McKay, Pocatello; two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Jeannine) Davis, Downey, and Mrs. Theron (Marilyn) Christiansen, Hawthorne, California; two stepsons, Joseph G. Arbon, Pocatello, and Dr. Harold Arbon, serving a mission in Portland, Oregon; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Carlyle (Delta) Harmon, Provo, Utah; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Davis Malad, and Mrs. Ralph (Lorraine) Eskelson, Denver, Colorado; nine grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and 17 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, a brother, Lyle, and a daughter-in-law, Mary McKay.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Downey LDS chapel with Bishop Karl McQuivey officiating. Burial was in the Downey Cemetery.

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