Arline Mitchell

1932 - 2013


Arline Mitchell

Aug. 11, 1932 — Sept. 30, 2013

Arline Mitchell of Milton-Freewater passed away on Sept. 30, 2013, at the Walla Walla General Hospital at the age of 81 years.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 53785 W. Crockett Road, Space 20, in Milton-Freewater from noon to 4 p.m. sharing the things Arline loved. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Arline Mitchell to a charity of choice in care the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR.

Arline Mitchell was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Bellingham to Theodore Loney and Gwendolyn Loney Steiner. According to her birth certificate she was a coal miner’s daughter. She lived in Ferndale, Wash., until age 9 when the family moved to Redmond, Ore.

She married Nelson Mitchell in 1950 and lived in Central Oregon for several years. Besides being a homemaker she worked at numerous occupations including waitress, managing a potato-sorting crew, cooking on a dry farm and a logging camp. She also worked as a checker and a meat wrapper in a supermarket for five years. She owned and operated a franchise for the Oregonian Publishing Co. of Portland. Her distribution area covered Athena, Weston, Milton-Freewater, College Place and Walla Walla. A car accident forced her to sell her franchise. The years following she worked as a supervisor in the food processing industry working in several plants (Rogers, Tom Thumb, American Fine Foods, Fridays, and Chiquita) in the local area. She retired in 1999.

Her hobbies included golf, gambling, collecting clocks, fishing and reading. Arline was known for baking many items for fundraisers and staff at the penitentiary as well as for family and friends. She enjoyed long hours of chatting and drinking coffee with the ladies of the Villadom Court (a.k.a. The Liars Club). She also enjoyed the company of her dog, Star.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail (Chuck) and Jackie; one son, Ken (Carla); stepdaughter-in-law, Shirley; three stepdaughters, Shirleen, Ruby and Lenore; one sister, Margery; and one brother, James. Additionally surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Her parents; stepfather (Al); husband; and stepson, Blaine, all preceded her in death.


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