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Arlene Garrison

January 1, 2023

Arlene Garrison passed away on January 1st, 2023 at age 60 in Iola, KS surrounded by her family, Glen, Cheyenne and Montana.

She was born May 11th, 1962 to Glenn and Retta Smith. She grew up helping her dad on the family farm in Moran, KS. She graduated from Marmaton Valley High School where she was proud to be the school’s wildcat mascot. Arlene proudly attended Pittsburg State University (“Once a Gorilla Always a Gorilla”) where she received her degree in Accounting. After college she was a government auditor in Wichita, KS until she met a sun-tanned farmhand. After a proposal in a MF860 combine she married her sweetheart Glen Garrison (the sun-tanned farmhand) in 1988. They lived in Garden City, KS where she started her 30-year career in banking eventually moving to Wichita and working her way up to Bank VP. Glen and Arlene made their home in Newton, KS where they raised their two daughters. In 2019 Glen and Arlene retired to her family farm in Moran, KS.

Her joys in retirement were her sun-tanned farmhand and her two rescue pit bulls Coulter and Millie. She was always so happy to have saved them and give them a fun, carefree life on the farm. Arlene always enjoyed making various crafts for gifts, reading on her kindle, and advocating for equality and social justice.

Arlene beat cancer 13 years ago, but the heavy radiation caused continuously increasing health issues, eventually wearing out her body. Throughout all the medical issues she continued to look at the positive and always had something funny to say to lighten the mood.

She is survived by her husband Glen Garrison, her daughters Cheyenne and Montana Garrison, her parents Glenn and Retta Smith, and her sisters Joyce Smith and Tricia Knoll.

The celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Jan. 10th at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church (1200 Boyd Ave, Newton, KS) with a luncheon following. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with ACARF, Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. Please send these donations to the Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.

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21 thoughts on “Arlene Garrison

  1. Glenn, Rhetta, Joyce, Tricia, and Arlene’s family,
    We are sorry to learn of Arlene’s passing. She was such a wonderful friend through the years. God has called one of his angels home. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Guy and Regina Young

  2. Arlene’s last couple of years have been medically challenging, but she never complained and always looked on the bright side. You will be missed. Rest In Peace Arlene.

  3. We are praying for you Glen and the girls. Arlene was a wonderful cousin to our family. (Norma Lee Smith Wilson family)

  4. So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was a great co-worker and friend and will be missed. You fought the battle with some humor and honor. Rest In Peace.

  5. Arlene was my baby cousin farm girl! I still remember seeing her for the first time in her baby carrier. She was always so happy with a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful smile. She had 3 girl cousins in my family in Wichita and 3 girls in her own family. We send much sympathy and love to Glen, Cheyenne, and Montana Garrison, and to her parents, my Aunt and Uncle, Glenn and Retta Smith, and her sisters, my cousins, Joyce and Tricia. Rest In Peace Arlene.

  6. So sorry to hear this. Arlene was one in a million. I loved talking to her and her upbeat take on life even though she faced her own obstacles on a daily basis. She will be missed terribly but heaven gained a beautiful angel.

  7. Our family sends thoughts and prayers to all of Arlene’s family. May Arlene Rest In Peace.

  8. Arlene was such a positive sweet soul no matter what trials she was going through. Prayers for her family during this time.

  9. I am so sorry to hear this. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. After they moved we kept in touch with messages on Facebook. Such a beautiful soul. Glen and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers

  10. Arlene was a very special neighbor and lifelong friend. As kids we passed the days riding bikes back and forth to each other’s home, having sleep overs. chatting on the phone almost every day and getting into a lot of mischief. Even when Arlene moved away, married and started her family we still tried to stay in touch. When her and Glenn moved back to the farm, we were excited to have them back in the neighborhood. Arlene you will be missed by all just sorry we did not get to spend more time with you guys when you returned to the farm. You were a wonderful person here on earth and the angels will have a great addition in heaven. Rest in peace Arlene you deserve a long rest. Prayers and strength to Glenn, mom and dad, and your sisters and family. I love you like a sister and will miss you. God Bless.

  11. So very sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing! I truly enjoyed working with her at Emprise and loved her sense of humor. Many fond memories and great laughs with her. Rest in peace my friend!

  12. You and the girls are in my thoughts and prayer. Kept in touch with Arlene on Facebook. She was a very kind and spiritual person. Now your family have an angel to look after you.

  13. Glen, Cheyenne and Montana, I’m so sorry for your loss. Arlene was the epitome of having fun no matter what. I loved working with her and we kept in touch after our Emprise days. What a wonderful person. I’m blessed to have known Arlene. You are all in my prayers.

  14. Arlene was such a joy! Miss the good sunday school times with you guys. So sorry for your loss. Wish we could have made it to the service. Praying for you.

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