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Alice Joan Arthur

Jun 27, 1931 - Apr 20, 2019 (Age 87)

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Mortar Board was so very proud to claim Alice as a member. Please know of our deep sympathy and most sincere regard for the way that she lived Mortar Boards Ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. She was also a dear friend and colleague and one of the most supportive guides I have been lucky to have.--Jane Hamblin, on behalf of Mortar Board.

Mrs. Arthur was a support and encourager to me as a student at West Side. I am grateful for the commitment she gave to the school an I was sorry to hear of her passing. May you, as her family, feel God's comfort knowing she was a comfort to others

My sincerest condolences to the Arthur Family: She was a wonderful teacher at Washington School back in the 50's. I was 1 of her students. Loved her a lot. I remember Mr Arthur from channel 18 as their weatherman. Beautiful memories. May God give the family comfort today and the coming days ahead.

A kind, supportive, and earnest human being thanks from one of the many WLHS students who benefited from her guidance. Sincere condolences.

What a wonderful woman. WLHS was so very fortunate to have an intelligent, kind, friendly and knowledgeable guidance counselor. She was very helpful to me. I, in fact, told her once that I wanted to do what she did. I actually did follow (somewhat) in Mrs. Arthur's footsteps. Wonderful role model who will be missed! My sympathy to the Arthur family.

One of the kindest souls I ever enountered during high school.

I would not have gone to college at all if it were not for this amazing woman. She guided me through the application process, helped with financial aid forms, and persuaded my Dad to sign on to help. All of this with professionalism and genuine affection. She was also my math teacher at Morton and gave me confidence to believe in my abilities. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Arthur and am saddened by her passing. My respect and condolences to all of you.

E te kuia, haere ,
Haere ki te po
Hoki atu ki o tupuna, ki to atua,
Haere , haere, haere atu ra.

Dear Mary Alice and whanau sending our sincere condolences from Aotearoa on the death of your mum. Mary Alice Tony and I will always remember those parcels she sent out to you here in New Zealand. We seemed to benefit more than you and still have some of the contents! We laugh and think of her when Tony wears the red cardinal sweat shirt - we call it Mary Alice's...


Alice's Obituary

Alice Joan (Myers) Arthur passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Westminster

Village in West Lafayette, IN. She is survived by her three daughters, Mary Alice Arthur

of Columbus, OH, Sarah Arthur Ronayne (Tim) of Minneapolis, MN, and Elizabeth

Arthur of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Rachel Butzler (Zach) and Grey Butler, both

of Minneapolis, MN.

Alice was born in Muncie, IN, June 27, 1931 to Ernest L. and Margaret Slater Myers.

Her parents, older sister Jane Myers White, and younger brother John William Myers, all preceded her in death. Alice grew up in Muncie, IN, attending Burris Laboratory School K-12 and nurturing friendships that lasted a lifetime. Alice graduated from Ball State Teachers College in 1953, having served all four years on student government. She was the first woman elected student body president in her junior year and was re-elected for a second term.

She married Russell Lewis Arthur of Marion, IN on December 26th, 1953.

They shared the next 63 years until Russell’s passing in March of 2017.

Investing in the lives of students was Alice’s life’s work. Coming to Lafayette to teach in

1953, she served first at Centennial School, then Washington School. She earned her

Master’s Degree from Purdue University in 1956 in Guidance and Counseling. After

becoming a parent, she returned to teaching at Morton School in West Lafayette, IN, in


Beginning in 1968, she served for more than two decades as a well-loved guidance counselor for West Lafayette High School. Her leadership gifts were recognized in a transition to Assistant Principal and following the completion of her EdS degree from Purdue, she served as Principal at WLHS from 1988-1990. Following her retirement, Purdue Admissions colleagues recruited her to continue serving families as an Admissions Counselor each fall semester from 1990-1995. She was both personable and professional, earning the respect of both her students and her coworkers.


Fully retired after 1995, she enjoyed traveling, reading, antiquing, book clubs, and being

in a euchre club with precious friends. She continued her memberships in Pi Beta Phi

sorority, P.E.O. chapter CH, and The First United Methodist Church. Her greatest joy

was being with her family who will always treasure her as a brave, generous,

hardworking mother and a joyful, loving Grammy.


Memorials may be made to West Lafayette Community Schools Foundation or

Westminster Village Foundation. Visitation Monday April 29,2019 one hour prior to a 1:30pm service Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel. Entombment to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at

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