March 16, 1940 – March 22, 2013
Arlene Kay Parker, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 22, 2013. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church, 3857 E. 42nd Street. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Arlene was born on March 16, 1940 to Arthur and Laurine Engle. Laurine died at an early age and Arthur married Evelyn Widlund who raised Arlene as her own. She grew up on a farm near Sommers, went to a country school and graduated from Rockwell City High School. She went to the University of Northern Iowa for a year before she moved to Des Moines and married her loving husband, Gayle Parker. They moved to Badger and worked in Fort Dodge, returning to Des Moines in 1993.
She worked various jobs including Travelers Insurance, Charcoal Room, Younkers and Fashion Bug. She provided day care in her home and all the neighbor kids knew they were welcomed. She loved gardening, dancing, playing games and cards with her many friends and family.
Gayle and Arlene had three wonderful children; Lori (Marty) Sutherland, Rhonda Sorenson and Michael Parker. Arlene has seven grandchildren, Ryan (Libby) Sutherland, Kayla Sorenson, Ben Parker, Michelle (Levi) Warner, Rachel (Jeff) Hickman, Amber (Manuel) Cordoba and Austin Sorenson and six great grandchildren, Alicia and Alondra Cordoba, Makenah Parker, Hailey and Ayden Hickman and Natalie Warner, all whom she adored. She is also survived by her brother, Bill (Janice) Engle and half sister, Marlene Schmidt.
Arlene’s family wishes to thank Iowa Health Hospice and Pastor Peter Jurchen for their care and support.
Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 p.m.at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel. Memorial contributions are being directed to the family.
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