Jennie Lou Arthur, a 1956 graduate of Jackson High School passed away of a heart attack in Orlando, Florida on Sunday April 18, 2021.
The only child of Zendon and Juanita Mapes, she was very active in school functions throughout her school years. In the spring of 1953, she had a date with another Jackson High School student by the name of Stan Arthur. Four years later, they married and thus began an adventure that she could have never imagined. Stan had been selected to train as a Navy Pilot and off they went to Pensacola, Florida. After 38 years of Naval service and 25 household moves, Jennie Lou and Stan retired from the Navy and settled in Vienna, Virginia. Shortly afterwards, Stan went to work for Lockheed-Martin and Jennie Lou once again packed up the home as they moved to Orlando, Florida.
Jennie Lou was the glue that held the family together and was recognized throughout the Navy as a compassionate and seasoned military wife and spouse. As a Navy Wife, she received many awards and was given the distinct privilege to christen the USS MAHAN. However, her true enjoyment and purpose was mentoring the young Navy wives as they started their journey in the Navy Life. Her greatest joy was her family, and she took great pride in their accomplishments. In her later years she found that grandchildren were a special gift and more recently that great-grandchildren were truly special.
After a lifetime of travel (20 countries) and household moves she is now at rest with the Lord. She leaves behind a loving and grateful husband, Stan; her children: Erin (Ray), Brian, Derek, and Brad; her grandchildren: Justin (Cassie), Devin, Sarah (Ryan), Caroline, Weston, William, and Holly; and her great-grandchildren, Titan and Taylin.
Private family services will be held at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lewisgillum.com