October 17, 1919 ~ June 11, 2001

Born in: Colorado Springs, CO,
Resided in: Alexander, NC

Glenna Patricia (Pat) Murphy Arvidson, 81, of 175 Cody Embler Road, Alexander, NC, died Monday, June 11, 2001 at her residence.

A native of Colorado Springs, she has been a resident of Asheville since 1978. She was the daughter of the late John Patrick and Glenna Ames Murphy and was also preceded in death by her husband Donald Linus Arvidson.

She received a degree in Physical Education which she taught before joining the US Navy and serving as a photographic interpreter during WW II. Mrs. Arvidson volunteered with hospitals and Girl Scouts and was a member of St. Joan of Arch Catholic Church.

Her survivors include her daughters, Marie Sluder of Alexander, Theresa Arvidson of Laurel, MD; sons, Eric Arvidson of Brunswick, GA, Sven Arvidson of Seattle, WA, Carl Arvidson of Knoxville, TN; and four grandchildren, Sabrina and Shane Sluder and Jessica and Emily Arvidson.

A memorial Mass will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. John M. Pagel officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

At Pat’s request, her friends and family are all invited to a celebration of her life which will be held at the American Legion Post on Haywood Road immediately following the Mass.

Memorials may be made to the Western Carolina Rescue Mission, 225 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, or to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Dear Marie, Your mother was a wonderful person. She enjoyed life to the fullest. I am so glad I got to know her and you when I worked at the dialysis center. She has touched many lives and will be missed by many people. My prayers are with you and your family during this time in your life. Look to God for strength and He will help you through it. Love Susie Banks

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  2. Marie, Glenna will be sadly missed. She was a wonderful lady. But, I do not have to tell you that. You already know that.. We will miss you and her smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. As I know yours were with me during my loss. I love ya and Glenna will hold a special place in my heart. So SORRY I couldn’t be there with ya but, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lots of Love,
    Lorrie Banks, PCT @ WDC

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  3. I’ll never forget the last time I saw Pat. She drove down to the Enka McDonald’s to help me get to a gas station because I was having car trouble. She was driving that big red car and was feeling okay those days. I loved her and so did all in my family. I miss the times we all scarfed down those PuPu Platters back in 79-81. I love you all… Marie, Carl, Terry, Eric, & Sven. You had a wonderful mother! Love, Sarah

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  4. Marie and family,
    I am sorry I was unable to attend the Mass (or the party). You are all in my thoughts.
    Freda
    PS. Mar-ie, I am going to MISS you and those Mickey D cookies!! 🙂

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