Irma Yolanda Arnold (nee: Zelada Alvarado) passed away at the age of 70, after a long illness, on April 4, 2019. She is survived by her husband David, her sister Alba, daughters Zaira and Audrey, grandchildren Hillary, Amelia, Matthew and Amber and great-granddaughter Ariana.
Irma was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She permanently moved to the United States in 1975 and became a citizen in 1982. Irma lived in California, Ohio, Indiana and New Mexico, but made Arizona her home in 2000. She worked as a domestic for over 16 years.
Irma was a vibrant woman who enjoyed music with fervor by participating in multiple choirs, performance dance and by learning to play hand bells and piano. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crafting, gardening, pet-keeping, tennis, travel and education in a multifaceted way by taking classes in a wide array of subjects throughout her life. She studied floral design, which she turned into a business for a short time.
Throughout her life, Irma was a deeply spiritual woman who enjoyed religious study. She actively attended services as a choir member of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. Irma also enjoyed the spirit of volunteerism. She traveled to other countries to participate in short-term missionary projects and recently dedicated her time to working with the Foster Grandparent program offered through NAU’s Civic Service Institute.
A Celebration of Life and Memorial will be held at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church on May 11 at 11:00am, with a lunch gathering to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Irma’s name to Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in memory of her life and legacy.