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Nov. 21, 1920 - Nov. 6, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Arlene went home to be with her Heavenly Father. She was born in Cherokee, OK to Corn and Lily Vandruff Linfoot. She grew up there and met her husband, Gro-ver, while walking down the street when he was home on leave from Ft. Sill. They married in Lawton, OK and before he was shipped overseas for the D-Day Invasion, daughter, Carlene and son, Spencer, were born. Coming from a large family of 9 and Grover's of 13, many family members and friends in Cherokee went off to fight in WWII. Much prayer was offered up for the war to end and a safe return. Not all made it, but all sacrificed for their love of country. They were part of the greatest generation. Arlene never asked for much and knew she had to work hard for what she wanted, as she had done as a child. Grover did come home from the war and they lived in Alva for awhile, but then moved to OKC for better job opportunities. Eventually, Arlene was able to get her beautician's license and open her own little beauty shop on SW 25th, The Beauty Nook. She worked long hours standing on her feet all day and blessed many with her work. Then a surprise happened, and a third child was born, Les. Arlene and Grover were long time members of Kentucky Avenue Baptist Church and loved the great people there. She taught Sunday School and sang in choir most of her life while Grover was a Deacon and Usher. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Grover; her parents, brothers Dewey, Faun, Don and Doyle; sisters Opal, Nida, Ida and Elvadeen. She is survived by her brother Corvin Linfoot of Guthrie, OK, daughter Carlene and husband Ken Jenkins of Virginia, son Spencer and wife Shannon and son Les of OKC. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Services will be 10:00 AM Friday at Vondel Smith & Sons South Colonial Chapel. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday from 4-8 PM with the family receiving friends from 5-7 PM. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the physicians and nursing staff of Grace Living Center (84th and South Western) and Good Shepherd Hospice. Alzheimer's took Arlene from us many years ago but she is home now with her family and we too will see her again someday. Friends may leave condolences at www. vondelsmithmortuary.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 8, 2012
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