Obituary: Enid Artis-Arredondo

Enid Elsie Rose Artis-Arredondo, 87, passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2014. She was born March 14, 1926, to David and Elsie Newman. She survived much adversity in her long life, including the Great Worldwide Depression, World War II and many life-threatening physical issues.

She always had such a kind and loving heart. During WWII, Germany launched a destructive air campaign to prepare an invasion of England. London became the chief target, thus her family evacuated to Corfe Castle Dorset in southern England. Later there, she met an American GI (Everett Artis), who was preparing for the Normandy invasion, and became a war bride.

In 1946, a ship packed with English war brides sailed to the USA. Enid was on her way to be reunited with Everett in Chicago. Everett died in 1992. In her grief, Enid later went to the Steilacoom Community Center and was seated next to Angel Arredondo, who had also lost his wife. They married five years later. It was the first marriage within the then 25 years center's operation. Enid was a homemaker who raised four children. She still found time to volunteer as an elementary school teacher aide, a nurse's aide at Lakewood General Hospital, a librarian and daycare worker at the Lake City Community Church, a worker at the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop and a secretary at the Tacoma British Wive's Club.

She was a generous person who gave to many worthy organizations. She loved sports, especially tennis and soccer. She loved to travel, especially to England and San Diego. She was well read and a whiz at trivia TV shows like Jeopardy. She loved movies and was a Hollywood trivia walking encyclopedia. She loved all kinds of music, especially Elvis, The Beatles, Moody Blues and Foreigner. She was an avid gardener and loved her fragrant roses.

Enid is survived by her husband, Angel Arredondo, and her younger sister, Brenda Gavril-Neale, who lives near Brisbane, Australia. She is also survived by her sons, Lindsay Artis, Dean (JoAnn) Artis, David (Beverly) Artis; and daughter, Darlene (Sam) Starbuck.