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Arline Jane Anderson
Nov 15, 1920 – Apr 13, 2009 (Age 88)
When Arline Jane Anderson was born in Salinas on November 15, 1920, her parents Carl and Amanda Anderson used John Steinbeck's telephone to call the doctor. Attending Lincoln Elementary and then Salinas High School, she was Valedictorian of the class of 1938. Arline studied at U.C. Berkeley before returning home to Salinas to begin a career with the Salinas Unified School District, eventually becoming the valued executive assistant to the district Superintendent. After retiring in 1977, she fulfilled a lifetime dream of travel to Sweden, rekindling connections with family members in "the old country". A love for the arts motivated her retirement years. Classes in drawing, painting and Swedish language studies produced fluency and an accomplished body of work. Her interest in the history of Monterey County includes contributions to the collections of local historical archives. She was a loyal supporter of the Monterey County Symphony and Hartnell College Western Stage productions. Arline was a fifty-eight year member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter Eta Nu in Salinas; a long time volunteer at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Salinas; member of the Salinas Women's Club and the Salinas Valley Art Association. An exceptional correspondent, Arline always kept in touch with her friends and family, never forgetting a birthday or special event. She was preceded in death by her brother Earl. Arline is survived by her nieces and their spouses: Laurie and Dan Hennig of Boulder Creek, CA, Joanne and Warren Anglin of Post Falls, Idaho, Lynn and Steve Markley of Salinas, CA and Dana Machado of Roseville, CA. Great nieces and nephews include Candyce and Warren (Buzz) of the Anglin family, Iver and Ida-Josie of the Hennig family, Stephanie and Sam Markley and Kate, Charles and Brad Machado. Great-great nieces and nephews are Bryan, Amanda Jane, Leigh, Paighton, Breaydyn, Dahlela, Jude, Ayla and Aslan. She is also survived by many Swedish cousins and her cousin by marriage Bill Tulley of Merrillville, Ind. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at the Garden of Memories, 768 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.