Arlene Bissell Jones

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3/27/1919 ~ 2/22/2011

Arlene grew up in Centralia, Washington graduating from Centralia High School in 1937. She was involved in the Scribblers, the Peppers, a school service club, and the Inkwell Imps. After graduation she moved to Portland working for her uncle while attending the Northwest Business School where she met her future husband, Larry Jones. They were married on September 3,1939 and lived in Vancouver.

After the birth of her first daughter Susan, they moved to Tacoma, Washington and returned to Vancouver for the birth of their second daughter Linda. While making their home in Vancouver, Arlene was active in the PTA and many service organizations.

In 1964, Arlene and Larry moved to the San Francisco Bay area where they lived for thirteen years. During that time, Arlene enjoyed working at a prominent doctors office. The Jones home became a popular gathering place for many extended family members and friends. She enjoyed entertaining around the pool and playing bridge.

After Larry retired in 1978, they returned to Vancouver and enjoyed reconnecting with their many friends in the area. Upon Larry's death in August of 1990, Arlene embarked on many volunteer activities including "The Take Heart Program," Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Clark County Courthouse and "Volunteers Light Up Our Lives" at the Southwest Washington Health District.

Arlene moved to the Wilsonville Retirement Home in Wilsonville, Oregon four years ago and enjoyed an active social life.

Surviving is her daughter, Susan Simon from Madison, New Jersey, son-in-laws, Doug Simon and Terry Leininger; grandchildren, Darren Simon, Donald and Jessie Simon, Shelly and Andy Lettington, Jamie and Kevin Anderson, J.D. and Iwa Leininger; eight great- grandchildren; and her brother George Bissell and his wife Eila Jane.

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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 6, 2011
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