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Arlene Petersen Yancey


1916 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Arlene Petersen Yancey Obituary
Arlene Petersen Yancey passed away in the early morning of February 8, 2016 after reaching her goal of living 100 years.  She was born January 19, 1916 in Rose, Idaho the first child of Bertie Petersen and Clara Josephine Kruse. Her first sister, LeOra Petersen England (deceased) was born in 1918. Her brother, LaMar Petersen (deceased) was born in 1920 and her youngest sister, Dahrl Petersen Humpherys was born in 1923.
Arlene attended school in Lavaside, Firth and Blackfoot, Idaho. When she was attending Irving School, her mode of transportation was her horse named Brownie. She would leave him outside the school for the day and then ride him home. She lived near the radio station. One day the principal told her that it was cruel to leave her horse there all day and told her she couldn't do that anymore. She always felt that it was more cruel at that young age to have to walk the nearly two miles to school, especially in the winter.
She finished her schooling at Blackfoot High School graduating in 1934. She was proud that her class was the first class to spend all four years of high school in the new building on Shilling Street. She prided herself in her penmanship. As she got older, about 95, she was displeased that her fingers made her writing not as good as it had always been.
During her high school years, she loved to go to the dances in the area. She started dating John Dean Yancey. Dances were their entertainment. They were married on September 25, 1934. Their son, Ronald Petersen Yancey was born in 1935. John was great provider for their little family. He was always looking for employment to support them. Their daughter, Loa Jean was born in 1941. One winter they took  their little family to California. John worked construction and Arlene got a job as a welder on the Liberty ships. They worked different hours so one of them could always be with the children. Arlene was proud of being a welder. She appreciated being considered one of the best. Her boss said that she must be a good penman because her welds were so good.
Their second daughter, Carol, was born in 1944. (She recently found her mom's badge and training paper from her welding days.)
After Carol was born, John planned to be a farmer, but he had so many allergies and asthma that he had to turn to another occupation. His uncle, James Yancey, was a builder so he decided he would try that.  He was mostly self taught but would go to Uncle James for advice.
Arlene supplemented their income by working seasonally in the seed house, picking peas and blocking beets. She has always been industrious.
Arlene loved learning and promoted a good education for her children. When Carol was in Junior High School, Arlene decided to take a typing class at Blackfoot High School. She wanted to learn new skills and she used them when she worked at the Federal Land Bank.
Ron married Gladys Davis in 1956. They have three children, Michael Yancey, Randy (Paula) Yancey and Katherine (Tim) Taylor.
Loa Jean graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1959 and married Randall Larsen. They had three children, Shane Larsen, Shaunna (Randy) Weatherston and Shar (John) Hershberger. Loa Jean and Randy were later divorced. In 1974 she married Walter Ivan Jensen.
In 1962, John and Arlene were called on a building mission to Oahu, Hawaii. It was a wonderful experience. Arlene would guide all the visitors who came to see them around the island. She loved doing that. While there, she had church callings in two wards at the same time-one in the ward they lived in and one in the ward where John was building the chapel. She always wanted to be busy.
Carol graduated from Kahuku High School in 1963. She married Noel Johnson in 1965. They have two children, Janae Johnson and Jace (Cori) Johnson.
Arlene has always given a lot of service to her community.  She became a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in 1950. She has held many offices in that organization, including being a regional representative. She loved DUP and was always promoting it. She has been honored as a woman of faith and fortitude.
The Bingham County Historical Museum was very important to her. She helped establish it and gave numerous tours. She spent countless hours making sure that it was open and staffed for visitors to come see the things that are there.
4-H was also a big part of her life. She taught many girls and boys how to cook and sew. She was a leader for 25 years.  She took classes that were provided so that she could improve her skills and pass that knowledge to those she taught.  Because of that, she became a judge at many county fairs and the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
She belonged to Lady Lions and the Homemakers Club, always being involved in their activities.
She loved teaching classes in her church. She worked with the young women helping them achieve their goals. She went to many girls camps. She taught Sunday School. She was Relief Society President here and in Hawaii. Later in life, she was the Relief Society Chorister, a talent which she had to learn. Her favorite church calling was being an officiator in the temple, which she enjoyed for many, many years.
She became a widow at the age of 66. John passed away in 1982. She missed John very much. She always said that it was hard not to be able to tell him about her day when he would come home from work, but she stayed very active.  She loved to go to plays in Salt Lake and the 
Operas every summer in Logan. If there was some place to go or something to see or do, she was ready. She traveled the world with her friends. In 1986 she fulfilled a mission for her church to the Louisville Kentucky Mission.
A sad time in her life was in 1996 when her daughter, Loa Jean, passed away due to a long battle with cancer. Loa Jean always kept the family going with her quick wit and pleasant personality. Carol notes that Loa Jean had more flowers and plants at her service than anyone she had ever seen, because of all the lives that she had quietly touched.
Arlene's hobbies included crocheting, quilting, sewing and reading. She took piano lessons two different times in her adult life. She loved her family and was always taking care of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Recently she loved having the great great grandchildren come to her home and spend time playing while she looked on.
She is survived by her son, Ronald (Gladys) Yancey and their family; Loa Jean's family; and Carol (Noel) Johnson and their family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Dean Yancey; her daughter and son-in-law, Loa Jean and Ivan Jensen; and a great grandson, Brandon Noel Johnson.
What a great life - 100 years! What a great example! What a great lady!
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Blackfoot 1st Ward, 187 North Ash Street. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 13, 2016
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