Arvilla Twiss, 89, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Eagle Point, Ore. after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She had lived in Oregon since 2007. She was always kind and appreciative of her caregivers. Although she lost her language, she always had a smile for everyone.
Arvilla was born October 20, 1923, in Dingle, Idaho, the only daughter of Wallace and Alta Weaver. Her husband, Opel Twiss; her parents; and four brothers, Udell, Leo, Lyman, and infant Alfred, preceded Arvilla in her death.
Arvilla attended high school in Georgetown, Idaho. In high school, she was a member of the yearbook staff and secretary of her high school newspaper. She was also a member of the Glee Club and Pep Club. She was a talented artist. In her high school yearbook prophecy, she was projected to be a famous cartoonist. Arvilla once painted an eight-foot mural for the prom in Soda Springs, Idaho.
During World War II, Arvilla was a Rosie the Riveter, stationed in Bremerton, Wash. For several years, she and her husband, Opel, owned a dry cleaning shop and beauty shop in Glendale, Ariz.
Arvilla and her husband worked in the Logan, Utah and Mesa, Arizona temples. After her husband passed away, she continued her work at the temples in Mesa and Las Vegas, Nev.
Survivors are her six children, Claudia (Dave) Roels, Carolyn Gilson, Michael Twiss, Steven (Janet) Twiss, Anne Haynes, and Jeff Twiss; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Arvilla will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the LDS Church, Eagle Point Oregon Ward. Interment will be in Montpelier, Idaho at a later date. The family would like to thank her numerous caregivers, particularly Chris Magel and Isabel Castillo. Any donations are to be directed to the Alzheimer's Association in her name.
All those who knew and loved Arvilla, will miss her. Love you Mom and Grandma. Rest in peace.