Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
April 17, 2014 12:25 pm EDT


MT. LIBERTY — Joyce Eileen “Bugsy” (Siegel) Arrington of Mt. Liberty, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at age 92. She was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Coshocton, Ohio, to Frank Wesley Siegel and Hazel Linnie (Budd) Siegel.

After graduating from Johnstown High School in 1939, Joyce worked as “Rosie the Riveter” at the Curtiss-Wright plant in Columbus until she joined the WAVES in 1942 and proudly served her country during World War II as a 1st Class Seaman. Joyce was also a “Rosie the Riveter” during her career in the WAVES and was honorably discharged in 1944.

She was a member of the George Lewis Behrens Chapter 504 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Delaware and a member of the Mt. Liberty United Methodist Church where she served for many years as the church secretary. She loved collecting and identifying beautiful butterflies and moths, and was an avid reader and an excellent bowler.

Joyce was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Arthur Ronald “Art” Arrington, on July 20, 2012. The two of them traveled to almost every state in the U.S. and almost every province in Canada.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Betty and Keo who died in childhood; twin brother, Jack Siegel; brother, Robert Siegel; and sister, Dorothy Obermeyer. Joyce was also predeceased by her life-long friends, Harold and Genevieve Mavis, and George Sims.

She is survived by her daughters, Molly (Donny) Thompson of Centerburg and Amy Arrington (Judy Bryant) of Columbus; step-grandchildren, Craig Thompson of Centerburg and Cathy (James) Lamp of Clarksburg, Ohio; her brother, Bill Siegel of Johnstown; sisters-in-law, Indus Siegel of Johnstown and Betty Frye of Newark; and many beloved nieces and nephews; and by her life-long, friend Helen Sims.

Friends may call Friday, between 6-8 p.m., at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, in Sunbury, where services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg with military honors rendered by the Knox County Honor Guard.

After the services, lunch will be provided by the family at Stacey’s Buffet, 833 S. 30th St., in Heath.

Molly and Amy wish to thank Joyce and Ron’s neighbors, Lorena and Kerry Dobbins and George Wheeler and family, for all the wonderful care they provided to their parents during their final years in Mt. Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at

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