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Arlene Patrick

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By The Staff

PATRICK – Arlene Patrick first visited North Oahu, Hawaii, with her beloved husband, Jim, in 1987. She felt a special connection to the island and, after another visit with her husband, had a great desire to share the experience with her whole family. Just before Christmas her wish was fulfilled. Now that she is no longer physically with us, we hope that her spirit finds its rest in that peaceful and beautiful place she loved so well. Arlene Patrick passed on Jan. 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was a wonderful loving wife of 55 years, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She was also a loyal friend to many people. She is preceded in death by her mother Jennie Hymas Neeley; her sisters LaRene, Wanda, Vera and Clarice; and her brother Keith. Arlene is survived by her daughter Judy, her son David, her daughters-in-law Lisa and Joanie, her sister Edna Neeley Whittle, and her grandsons Justin and Ryan. Born in Preston, Idaho, on May 16, 1929, she graduated from Utah State University with a degree in education. She lived in New York State and Phoenix, Ariz., while her children were growing up. In 1976, Arlene and her late husband, Jim, moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico where she became senior vice president of Los Alamos National Bank, and served in various capacities in local civic organizations and the National Association of Women in Banking. She moved back to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2000 to retire. Her hobbies included playing in her local bridge group, walking with her friends and family, and downhill skiing, originally in the Catskill Mountains and then for many years at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos, N.M.. She also enjoyed playing a variety of cards games and was most noted for her accomplishments in winning her family card game, Screwy Louie. A memorial service was held in her honor on Jan. 26. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Arlene’s name to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Ariz.