A devoted wife and mother, and a friend to all, Arlene Flake, peacefully passed away in Snowflake Arizona on February 1, 2021 after a lifetime of service and a year of health challenges. Arlene was born June 9, 1942 to William Wallace “Wally” and Cornelia “Nena” LeSueur in Globe, Arizona.
She graduated from Mesa High in 1960, then attended ASU where she met a rancher from Snowflake, Gerald Ikerd Flake. They were married for time and all eternity on July 5, 1961 in the Mesa Arizona Temple and raised eight children. She was a stalwart member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various callings including missionary service with her husband in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. She also served enthusiastically in the Snowflake Temple for twelve years.
Arlene was a volunteer for many community organizations such as the Snowflake Heritage Foundation, Arizona Farm Bureau, Liberty Belles, and Quadrille Team. She strongly supported her children and grandchildren, by attending many home and away activities and games.
As a substitute teacher and athletic secretary in the Snowflake School District, Arlene loved the students and being a loyal Lobo supporter. She had a great love for her family and enjoyed cooking and sewing for them and many others. Travelling with her husband, camping and planning family activities brought her much joy.
She is survived by five siblings, a loving husband, eight children: G. Scott Flake (Tedi), Kelli Riding (Ben), Rex W. Flake (Shella), LeAnne Naillon (Darren), Holli Schultz (Shawn), William W. Flake (Rachel), Shawna McLaws (Bruce), Reed V. Flake (Shavan), 39 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Her family and the community will miss her caring, loving service.
There will be a viewing from 6-8 pm, Friday February 5 at Owens Livingston Mortuary in Snowflake. A viewing will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday February 6 at the Snowflake Main Street Chapel followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am.
The family expresses their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support and assistance in caring for Arlene over the past year.