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POCATELLO - Arlene Stacy Erickson, 83, of Pocatello, passed away, Saturday, April 17, 2010, at her home.
Arlene was born July 18, 1926, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Morris and Vernal Merrill Stacy. She lived and attended school in Mackay, Idaho, and was salutatorian at her eighth-grade graduation. She attended school occasionally in Boise, due to her father's responsibility in the state Legislature, representing Custer County. In, 1942, her family moved to Pocatello, where she graduated from Pocatello High School in 1943. Upon completion of high school, Arlene attended Idaho State University for two years, after which she was certified to teach.
Arlene married Werner Erickson in December 1946. Their marriage was later solemnized in 1982 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
She taught school at American Falls High School for two years, where Werner was principal. In 1949, they moved to Pocatello and had their first child, Toiny. Karla was born in 1951, and a son, Stacy, was born in 1952. They built their house on Trail Creek and lived there the rest of their lives. Mavis was born in 1955.
In 1969, Arlene earned a bachelor of arts in home economics education from Idaho State University, graduating with high honors. She returned to teaching, this time as a home economics teacher at Pocatello High School. She also continued her education. In 1976, she earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Idaho State University, after which she worked as a counselor at Pocatello High School. She retired in 1987, having worked for Pocatello High School for 18 years.
Arlene was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served as a visiting teacher, Sunday school and Relief Society teacher. She also devoted years to being both ward and stake Relief Society president and fulfilling temple assignments. Always a teacher, she continually educated her grandchildren concerning their heritage. She always had a story about one of their ancestors, or how life was when she was young.
She also was an active member of a local literary group (Les Belles Lettres), and recently she held weekly U.S. Constitution discussions at her house. She met monthly with a group of local Southeast Idaho retired educators, was associated with the Community Concert Association for many years, and was a member of ADK sorority.
She is survived by her three daughters, Toiny (Paul) Schneider, Blackfoot, Karla (Fred) Orchard, Sandy, Utah; Mavis (Kent) Nelson, Blackfoot; and one son, Stacy Erickson, Pocatello; one sister, Nancy Roskelley, Pocatello; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Her husband, parents, a brother-in-law, Joe Roskelley, and a great-grandson preceded her in death.
Donations can be made to the Pocatello High School (PHS) Education Foundation, 325 N. Arthur, Pocatello, Idaho 83221 in care of Rayna Valentine.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 23, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Pocatello Central Stake Third Ward, 225 Oakwood, with Bishop Gary Davis officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening in the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday prior to services in the church. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Online guest book and condolences available at www.cornelisonfh.com.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Apr. 22, 2010