Marlyn M. Arland

1926 - 2012

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Marlyn M. Arland 86, at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Rose Catholic Church with the Rev. Ray Moss officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington. A rosary/wake service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitation will be Thursday, 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home and at the rosary. Marlyn died Dec. 9, 2012, at Community Hospital in Torrington. Memorials may be made to the church, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home or the Senior Friendship center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends of the family may leave their condolences at

Marlyn was born May 24, 1926, in Montrose, S.D., the daughter of Joseph Henry and Bernice (Gildea) McCabe. She attended school at Montrose until her family moved to Walla Walla in 1941. Marlyn graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1944 and she joined the Cadet Nursing Corps at St. Mary’s Nursing School in Walla Walla, a government program that trained female nurses. She graduated from nursing school in 1947. On Sept. 15, 1947, she married Warren Arland at Walla Walla. She continued to work at St. Mary’s Hospital and in 1955 she worked the night shift as a staff nurse at Walla Walla’s VA Hospital. She took classes in the day and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. She later became deputy assistant chief medical director for nursing programs. In 1978, the family moved to Poplar Bluffs, Mo., where she started and was the supervisor of a VA nursing home. In 1981, she transferred to the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne. She retired in 1985 and the couple moved to Torrington in 1986. Her husband Warren died in 1992.
Marlyn published several articles in nursing magazines. She enjoyed refurbishing dolls for the Torrington Fire Department and later Goshen Ministries to give at Christmas. She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, the DAV Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jean Medina of Sheridan, Wyo.; her son, David (Diana) Arland of Torrington, Wyo.; her sister, Mary Winston of Starkville, Miss.; her brother, Bill McCabe of Moscow, Idaho; and her sister, Elaine Spencer of Clarkston, Wash.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Warren; and her sister, Patty Korkow.

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