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Barbara (Brown) Arnold Sabin

Barbara (Brown) Arnold Sabin, 87, of Sedalia, passed away peacefully Monday, October 3, 2022, at Boone Hospital in Columbia with her family by her side.

She was born May 18, 1935, in Sedalia, a daughter of the late Theodore Arthur and Harriet Marjorie (Yeager) Brown. In 1950, she married Bill G. Arnold, who preceded her in death on September 8, 1984. In 1986, she married Robert L. Sabin, who preceded her in death on May 3, 2011.

Barbara was a 1954 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. She was the office manager at Brown Auto and Machine Shop and co-owner of Central States Engine and Tool Company.

She was a lifetime member of First Christian Church and was active in the choir for many years.

Barbara was involved in several clubs and organizations in the community including Ladies of the Moose and Elks Ladies. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over 60 years and this organization was very important to her. She was involved in fundraising for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Pettis County United Way and Parkinson’s Foundation. She was campaign manager for Larry Foster when he ran for mayor of Sedalia. When her sons were young, she served as a Cub and Boy Scout leader.

She enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong weekly with her friends. Barbara also enjoyed oil painting and ceramics and loved gifting her masterpieces to family and friends. She loved music and enjoyed impromptu vocal performances at Leroy’s Steakhouse and The Old Missouri Homestead.

Barbara had a big heart and was always willing to help anyone.

Survivors include a son, Terry Arnold (Kimi), of Sedalia; a brother, Theodore Brown, of Las Vegas, NV; four grandchildren, Mindy Beebe (Mike), of Sedalia, Ryan Arnold (Kitty), of Phoenix, AZ, Tarah Toellner (Grant), of Mexico, MO and William Blake Arnold (Kailey), of Springfield, MO; ten great-grandchildren, Tyler, Arianna, Taylor, Hannah, Katelyn, Easton, Eli, Ollie, Everett and Lyle; a nephew, Howard Hall (Karen), of Los Angeles, CA; four nieces, Vicky DiNicola (Keith), of Tucson, AZ, Valerie Brown, of Las Vegas, NV, Deidre Haney, of Denver, CO and Holly Dean, of Houston, TX.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she preceded in death by a son, Michael Arnold; and a sister, Harriet Hall.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at First Christian Church, with Rev. Dr. Chad McMullin officiating.

Pallbearers will be Larry Horton, , Terry Hazel, Rick Yount, David Furnell, David Menefee, Steve Hicks and Kelly Childers. Honorary pallbearers will be Beta Sigma Phi members Shirley Martin, Dixie Coffey, Linda Wineinger, Donna Martin, Marlis Wise and Crystal Morgan Meyer; Carla Eding, Caroline Walters, Nancy Jett and Bill Dey.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2022, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sedalia School District Foundation (SSDF) Bill G. Arnold Athletic Scholarship, PO Box 2505, Sedalia, MO 65302-2505. To donate online, visit

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