Smith, Arlene

Written by David Green.

Arlene Mabel Smith, 81, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 2, 2013, at home.

She was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Fayette, Ohio, the daughter of Lewis and Alice (Gigax) Lantz. On April 27, 1956, in Indiana, she married James Smith and he survives.

Arlene was a homemaker and waitress, living in the Morenci-Fayette area all of her life. She was a member of Inlet Mennonite Church in Tedrow, Ohio.

Besides her husband, Arlene is survived by three children, Michael (and Joan) Smith of Fayette, Linda (and Rick) Teske of Adrian, Mich., and James, Jr., (and Jenny) Smith of Osseo, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Viola, Ilva, Flossie, Marjorie, Zelma and Florence; and five brothers, Jessie, Orville, Raymond, Emerson and Lewis, Jr.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Inlet Mennonite Church in Tedrow, with the Rev. Homer Yutzy officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

Funeral arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Inlet Mennonite Church.

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