Arlene Castle Williams Stevens died Sunday, February 24, 2013, at her home in Caldwell, Idaho. A viewing was held Thursday, March 1, at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise, Idaho. The funeral service was held there Saturday, March 2. Burial was at Joplin Cemetery in Boise.
Arlene was born September 8, 1933 at her parents home in North Redwood. She was the youngest of 12 children born to Fay Co. Castle and Hattie Taubert Castle.
She attended her first eight grades of school in a two-room schoolhouse in North Redwood. She graduated from 12th grade at Redwood Falls High School in 1951.
During her school years and for four years after high school she worked in the Montgomery Ward Store office.
In September of 1955 she was transferred to Aberdeen, S.D. where she was district secretary until March 1958. She then became office manager for Brown County Co-op until moving to Idaho in anticipation of her marriage to Roy W. Williams, a native of Midvale, Idaho, and they were married in August 1966.
They lived in Council, Idaho, for a short time while Roy was a teacher and counselor in the high school before he was hospitalized with pneumonia and complications of Hodgkins disease. Roy passed away the following February at the VA Hospital in Boise.
Arlene was married to Lauren C. Stevens of Boise in December 1967 at Winnemucca, Nev. She then was employed by Hillcrest Country Club in Boise from December 1966 until 1977 when she and Lauren moved to Caldwell. There they owned and operated a Coin-op Laundry, and Lauren opened his own upholstery shop – TLC Upholstery.
Arlene was a member of a non-denominational church and always had a deep love and appreciation for other members and ministers of her faith. Lauren and Arlene always welcomed visitors into their home.
She is survived by her husband Lauren Stevens of Caldwell, three step-children: Cynthia (Stan) Dufer of Portland, Ore., Vicki (Arthur) Clare of Weiser, Idaho and Mark (Teri) Stevens of Kennewick, Wash.
Also surviving are three sisters and one brother all living in Redwood Falls. They are: Kenneth Castle, Helen VanSlooten, Esther (Warren) Hawton and Cheryl Prescott. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
In addition to her first husband, Roy Williams, Arlene is preceded in death by her father, mother, five brothers and three sisters.
Gone but not forgotten – good memories linger.