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Marguerite L. Arnold, 45-year nurse, volunteer

Oct. 17, 1927 – June 3, 2015

Marguerite L. Arnold, a retired nursing supervisor at Millard Fillmore Hospital, died June 3 in Beechwood Homes, Getzville. She was 87.

A Jamestown native, the former Marguerite Nelson was a graduate of Jamestown High School and moved to Buffalo to study at Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing, earning her RN degree in 1948. She also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Arnold worked her entire nursing career at Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle, retiring in 1993 after a 45-year career.

She began as a floor nurse and was promoted to night supervisor in 1967. In 1973, after training at the Centers for Disease Control, Mrs. Arnold became the hospital’s first nurse epidemiologist and helped establish infection-control protocols. She held administrative posts for 16 years, including director of nursing and assistant administrator for employee development and services.

Mrs. Arnold was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Millard Fillmore Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, which honored her with the Nurse of the Year award.

She was a longtime member of Central Presbyterian Church, where she was an active volunteer, an elder and a trustee. Mrs. Arnold was a member of Presbyterian Women of Central and later joined University Presbyterian Church.

A fan of classical music, she volunteered many years as an usher for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her husband of 39 years, Elkin N., died in 1988.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Leaf, Sally Arnold and Marguerite Cheman; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 25 in University Presbyterian Church, 3330 Main St., Buffalo.

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