NATURAL BRIDGE, N.Y. — Patricia A. Brotherton Arnold, 74, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Samaritan Medical Center.
She was born on August 20, 1940 in Carthage to Merton and Fern Gladle Brotherton. Her name was legally changed at 16 when she was adopted by Charles Wesley Thompson. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1957. She attended one year at Geneseo State Teacher’s College in 1958. She served in the United States Woman’s Air Corps from 1958 to 1960 she was honorably discharged. She was primarily a homemaker.
She was predeceased by her husband Myron Arnold in 1998 and a half- sister, Murial Brotherton Bailey and half-brother, Donald Brotherton.
In 2006 she was selected as the first woman to the NYS Outdoorsman Hall of Fame. Pat's lifelong achievements were for the promotion, preservation and education of the outdoors. She was an environmental conservation advocate.
She went to Albany numerous times to lobby for hunting, trapping, and fishing.
In 2011 she received recognition from the New York State Trappers Association for her work in establishing a youth trap camp. Held in Allegany County, the camp included a three-day training for youth through which they learn about the basics of trapping.
She also was instrumental establishing the Youth Pheasant Hunt in Lewis County.
She was a member of the Girl Scouts of America for 30 years.
She was a member of, The National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, National Trappers Association, Fur Takers of America, NYS Trappers Association, NYS Conservation Council, Lewis
County Trappers Association, Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, Black River Valley Horseman’s Association, Conservation Alliance of NY, Harrisville Rod & Gun Club, Board of Elections and Town
Board of Harrisville, she was very active and there are various more organizations she was active in.
The majority of the photo's are courtesy of Wayne Jones Nysta's Vice President who released these pics on the New York State Trappers ProBoard site. Additional photo's have been donated by her many friends.