Arlene L. Schultz, age 92, loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, passed away peacefully on Feb.15, at the Sunnyhill Adult Care home, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Local arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. To leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.
Arlene was born May 5, 1924 in Traer, Kans., the daughter of Marion R. Little and Emma Little Heyen. She resided for many years in Wellington, graduating from Wellington High School with the class of 1942.
A wartime bride, Arlene married Johnnie F. Schultz, on Dec. 25, 1943 in Tampa, Fla., where Johnnie was receiving training in the United States Army Air Corp. During the war, Arlene remained in Wellington and worked at Clarks and Starts Manufacturing supporting the war effort while her husband was stationed in Europe. In subsequent years, Arlene worked in the local Santa Fe Offices, the City of Wellington and retired after working many years in the office at The Wellington Farmers Co-op.
She taught children Sunday School classes and was involved with PTA while her own children were in elementary school. She loved to cook and specialized in creating wonderful dessert dishes. A skilled seamstress, Arlene sewed most of her daughters early school clothes, their high school prom and wedding dresses. She and her husband enjoyed traveling whether it be for a day, a weekend or longer. Her family spent their summer vacations riding the train to New York City, the Seattle Worlds Fair and to Disneyland in California. Many summer vacations were spent at her parents ranch in New Mexico. These trips sometimes included friends of their daughters who have fond memories of their experience. Saturdays often included shopping trips to Wichita with her daughters and sometimes a return trip that evening with the whole family for dinner at a favorite restaurant. Weekend drives to out of town destinations were common and there were annual visits to Phoenix and Houston to visit their daughters and families.
Arlene was an active member of the Wellington First Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Mariners and Junior Cosmos before moving to Phoenix, Ariz., in 2008 to live with her daughters, Luan McDonald and Jonet Kerr. She enjoyed and cherished living in Phoenix and the time she spent together with her daughters finding that next great coffee spot, shopping and soaking up the abundant desert sunshine.
Preceding Arlene in death are her parents, her stepfather Raymond J. Heyen, her husband Johnnie Schultz and her daughter Luan McDonald. Surviving are her daughter Jonet Kerr and husband Karl, son-in-law Muggs McDonald, granddaughters Meredith McDonald Eaton (Bill) and Whitney Kerr Bales (Zach), grandson Jay Kerr (Mandy) and great grandchildren Josiah Eaton, Elvie Eaton, Pearl Eaton, Johnnie Wyatt Kerr and Weston Kerr.
Memorial services will be held at the Wellington First Presbyterian Church in the near future on a date to be determined. Cremation has been effected and internment will take place at Sumner Memorial Gardens following the services.
Memorials honoring the life and memory of Arlene Schultz can be made directly to the Wellington First Presbyterian Church, the Avenue of Flags or a charity of choice.