Florence Arlene Born obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Florence Arlene Born

October 18, 1927 - August 6, 2017

Obituary


Florence Arlene Born passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Arlene was born in Centralia, Washington to Pearl and Arlie Woods on October 18, 1927. She was the oldest of three sisters, Mary Williams, now deceased and Patricia Day, currently living in Tacoma.

She has two children, Ron Marlette, deceased and Robin (Marlette) Bassett who lives in Lacey, Washington. She also has four step-children: Kevin, Dan, Kanina and Doug which she acquired when she married Ken Born in 1979. Together Arlene and Ken have...

Florence Arlene Born passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Arlene was born in Centralia, Washington to Pearl and Arlie Woods on October 18, 1927. She was the oldest of three sisters, Mary Williams, now deceased and Patricia Day, currently living in Tacoma.

She has two children, Ron Marlette, deceased and Robin (Marlette) Bassett who lives in Lacey, Washington. She also has four step-children: Kevin, Dan, Kanina and Doug which she acquired when she married Ken Born in 1979. Together Arlene and Ken have 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

From an early age, Arlene was exposed to music. Her father Arlie had a dance band which often rehearsed near her bedroom at home. Arlene attended elementary and high school in Centralia where she became active in the school band. She was an accomplished Alto Saxophone player, and became student band director and football half-time choreographer for the marching band. She was also an expert Baton Majorette. While still in high school she played saxophone in her father's band and was trusted to drive home from their gigs.

One of her fondest memories was traveling with her sister Pat and her dad to Olympia to hear Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong "jam" in a local restaurant. They were all invited back stage where they met the band members and talked personally to Louis. She got his autograph, too!

After she graduated from high school, she attended Washington State College and continued her music education. She worked for the Department of Revenue for the state and retired after 35 years of service.

After raising her family she became active in the Olympia Chapter of Sweet Adelines, where she sang in the chorus and many quartets over a ten year period. She served as president and received an award for outstanding leadership. She loved 4-part acapella harmony and became a coach for her husband Ken's gospel quartet until Alzheimer's disease took its toll.

Other activities she loved were traveling, fishing, boating, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles and having family around. If there were kids around, they eventually ended up on "Grandma's" lap playing the piano or listening to a story. She will be remembered as a kind, caring, compassionate, classy lady who loved music, and life, and most of all her husband and family!

She's probably organizing a quartet or chorus in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions to Alz.org.

Arrangements under the direction of Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Tumwater, WA.