Arlene Suzanne Ivie, the only daughter of John and Elizabeth Ottoson, was born on July 24, 1944 in Nevada City, California. She joined her Savior on September 23, 2021 in Atascadero, Calif., At the age of 77, after a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Arlene was educated in Nevada County and graduated in 1962 in the first class of a new high school on Ridge Road. She worked for Bank of America in Sacramento and Wells Fargo in Roseville until the birth of her three sons, Richard 1965, Craig 1968, Kevin 1971. When the boys were all in school, Arlene enriched the young life of many children at the Atascadero unified school. District as a beloved kindergarten helper for 19 years.
Arlene met her future husband, Richard Ivie, when she was in 7th grade. They were inseparable in grade 10 and for the next 60 years. Arlene and Rich were married on January 12, 1963 in a quaint chapel in Rough and Ready, California. and were a great example of love for their children and grandchildren.
Arlene loved everyone. Her joy and vibrant personality added beauty to every life she touched. She loved all creatures, especially her dog Lacy and her cat Lili. Arlene was generous with her smile and her laugh was infectious.
Arlene was a member of the Vineyard Church of Christ in Templeton for 20 years. She taught Bible school for preschoolers and youth. She liked to take care of her garden; vegetables, flowers, plants and even his garden of cacti and rockeries thrived under his care.
Arlene devoted herself to all the activities and hobbies of her family. She was an involved mother and community builder as a scout leader and PTA leader. For decades, she supported a wide variety of sports her sons were involved in, from T-ball to varsity baseball and wrestling; she never missed an event (even if she didn’t particularly like sports!). Arlene’s favorite place was Glacier Bay, Alaska, where she watched the glaciers. Additionally, she enjoyed cruises to Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and road trips across the country.
Arlene is survived by her devoted 58-year-old husband, Rich. Son Richard (Stacey), Craig (Noreen), Kevin (Jenifier). Arlene had seven grandchildren; Grandson Richard Jay and granddaughters Courtney (Mark), Amber, Katy (Eddie), Mary (Adam), Anna (Sean), Kassarah (Kyle), Kimberlyn. Arlene also had seven great-grandchildren: Kyrie, Anjee, Bellamy, Jayden, Logan, Adeline and Rush. Sisters-in-law Maxine McLarty, Mary French, Kathy Scott and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on October 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Templeton Ladies Building, 601 S. Main St. Templeton, California.