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Obituary: Mildred Irene Arriola, March 11, 1931 – Nov. 8, 2022

Mildred Irene Arriola 

March 11, 1931 – Nov. 8, 2022 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Mildred I. Arriola, 91, of Coquille, at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Holy Name Catholic Church, 50 S. Dean St, Coquille, Oregon. Interment was at Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens in Coquille.  

Mildred was born March 11, 1931, in Ontario, Oregon, the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Woodward) Smith. She passed away Nov. 8, 2022 in Coquille. She was raised and educated in Eastern Oregon.


On October 23, 1947, she was married to Daniel “Danny” Arriola in Vale, Oregon. They owned and operated a cattle ranch in Westfall, Oregon, for 51 years until retiring in 2001, when they moved to Coquille.  

She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and was known as the “best cook ever,“ making wedding cakes and spending time with her children and grandchildren, and solving and creating crossword puzzles. 

In addition to 50 plus years as a ranch wife, she also was the Postmaster of Westfall, Oregon, for more than 20 years.  

She is survived by son, Frank (Ysedro) Arriola of Coos Bay; daughter-in-law, Lynda Arriola of Coquille; son, Gene and Kaye Arriola of Coquille; son, Tony and Stephanie Arriola of Bandon; daughter, Tammi Herman of Hubbard; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Sonny and Judy Smith of Coquille; sister, Mona Mendiola of Fruitland, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends to include her very special caregivers, Katie Wall, Jenny Wall, Juliana Curran, Liz Cruz and Linda Waite. Her family will forever be thankful for all the love you showed her.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Danny Arriola; a son, Danny Carrol Arriola; a son, William Arriola; daughter-in-law, Susan Arriola, brother, Dick Smith; and brother-in-law, Paul Mendiola.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 405 Elrod Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon, 541/267-4216.