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Arlene Ellen Laughridge

September 23, 1921 March 31, 2007
Arlene Ellen Laughridge
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Arlene Ellen Laughridge, 85, of Vinton, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2007, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Vinton following an extended illness. A memorial service will be held 2 PM Thursday, April 5, 2007, at First Christian Church in Vinton with Pastors Jerry Thordsen and Mark C. Urlaub officiating.  Memorial visitation will be held from 11 AM until service time at the church.  Inurnment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Per Arlene’s wishes, her body was cremated. Arlene was born September 23, 1921, in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Lela Wheeler Wasendorf. She married Orville L. “Butch” Laughridge on August 23, 1939, in Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1996. Arlene was employed at the Ben Franklin store for many years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Vinton Eagles Auxiliary. Arlene is survived by four sons: Jim (Carol) Laughridge of Vinton; Steve (Sue) Laughridge of Garrison; Jerry (Shelly) Laughridge of Des Moines; Larry (Melanie) Laughridge of Vinton; three daughters: Carol (George) Dahms of Monticello; Pat (Bob) Spolar of Kissimmee, FL; Karen (Lee) Burkle of Cedar Rapids; one brother: Richard (Judith) Duncan of Cedar Rapids; two sisters: Luella Meier of Hiawatha; Eunice Wasendorf of Vinton; 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville; three sons; one daughter; two brothers; one sister; and one great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

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