Arlene Lark 1925 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Arlene Gloria Lark passed away on Feb. 20, 2011 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She passed with the same attitude of sweetness and cheerfulness remembered by all her family and friends. She is survived by daughter, Sandra (Rees) Madsen and son, Clifford (Elizabeth) Lark. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond Lark, and daughter, Lorna (Mark) Fruehan. She will be greatly missed by her twelve grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Arlene was born on November 17, 1925 in Murray, Utah to Donald and Maybelle Plott. Her brother and sister, Donald Jr. and Shirley preceded her in death. She grew up in Murray, Utah. In 1946 she met and married Raymond Frank Lark from Cleveland, Ohio. They were married August 17, 1946 in Murray. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1956. Ray's work took them to a variety of locations, including: California, Louisiana, and Aruba; finally bringing them to settle in Westlake, Ohio. In 1977, Arlene began working as executive secretary to the president of Vitamix Corp. She loved her work and her associates. She was also very active in the PTA, receiving a lifetime award for her service. She loved working on her family history, lecturing to genealogical groups throughout Ohio. She held many callings in the LDS church. With Ray she was able to travel to many parts of the world. She was always excited to increase her knowledge. Arlene was an avid reader and a natural poet. She loved music. Even as Alzheimer's took away her memories and the ability to communicate, she was quick to remember the songs she loved. She had a special gift of caring for the elderly. In her later years, many helping hands reciprocated. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapel, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the services. A service will also be held Friday, Feb 25 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel on 25000 Westwood Road in Westlake, Ohio. Friends and family may call at the church one hour prior to these services. Interment will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Westlake. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you prayerfully remember all those affected by Alzheimer's Disease. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com.