Arvilla Saludis, 98, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2023. Left to cherish her memory are daughter Debbie Jamison and husband, Bill; grandson Trevor Jamison; sister Jo Alobaidi and close friend Tad Pruyn; brother Wayne Cameron and wife Sharon, and numerous close friends and extended family members. She is preceded in death by her mother Mae Cameron, sister Irene Thomas, and beloved husband of 64 years, John Saludis.
Arvilla loved her family with passion and was devoted to them throughout her life. She was the sole caretaker for her mom for many decades, gave sacrificially to help her brother with his business, was an attentive and caring sister, and served as caretaker for her husband John during his illness.
She was a proud graduate of Sam Houston High School and stayed in touch with her classmates at monthly luncheons for many decades. Arvilla worked as a secretary throughout her life for a CPA firm, a real estate office, and most recently for her son-in-law’s industrial scale company. She loved organizing paper chaos into neat lists, folders, and files and could always locate the elusive piece of paper you were looking for.
For the past decade, she was involved with charitable work through Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Since 2013, she helped wrap, organize, and pack over 150 shoe boxes that were delivered to children in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Panama, Tanzania, Togo, and Ghana.
In 2022, she was so excited to witness her only grandson, Trevor, become a doctor when he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. She was extremely proud of him and told anyone who would listen how brilliant, handsome, and kind he was. She was always his greatest cheerleader and encourager and loved sharing Match Day with him when he matched into his residency at Baylor/MD Anderson Cancer Center.
She shared a special bond with her best friend and only child, Debbie, and enjoyed countless days with her. Whether vacationing in her favorite place, Destin, hunting for bargains at Burlington, or savoring a Whataburger, she was happiest when they were together and will be profoundly missed.
Her family will honor Arvilla’s memory privately. Because of her love for Operation Christmas Child, the family would be grateful for any donations made in her name to Samaritan’s Purse.
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