Laurel "Arlene" Martell
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"Arlene was a humble woman with a strong
moral compass who placed the needs
of others ahead of her own."

Laurel Arlene (Riddle) Martell passed away on the evening of April 20, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born 80 years ago in Bridgeport, NE, to Lloyd and Dorothy Riddle. Arlene moved with her family from Nebraska at a young age, going to school in San Diego and Palm Springs, before settling in Vancouver, WA where she attended and graduated from Vancouver High School.
In 1955, she met the love of her life, Donald Martell, who she would marry after a brief courtship, and together they raised four children. Don and Arlene would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November of this year.
Arlene worked outside of the home for most of her adult life, taking business classes along the way, and retired from a long career with Boise Cascade Paper Mill.
She was an active member of McLoughlin Heights Baptist Church (now known as New Heights) for many years where, among other activities, she sang alto in the ladies trio and the church choir. She would later join the St. Paul Lutheran Church where she continued her love of singing in the church choir and participated in the Prayer Shawl and Dorcas Circle ministries.
Arlene was remarkably courageous and wonderfully amusing in light of the serious respiratory issues which plagued her for many years and ultimately took her from us. Her unfailing love of God was demonstrated throughout her daily life as well as her love for (and from) her family and friends.
In her retirement years, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family at the coast and on the Klickitat River, reading, baking, shopping, and taking mature learning courses through Clark College.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Don; and their children, Renee Taggart, Dawn (Jim) Steel, Gordon (Ida) Martell, and Greg Martell; brothers, Raleigh (Norma), Evan, and Alan Riddle; sister, Linda (Roger) Weghorst; grandchildren, Tamsyn and Carmen Steel, Nick Martell, Jaime Dahlke, and Jennica Laskowske; and two special lifelong friends, Marilyn Aldrich and Veronna Sjothun.
A celebration of Arlene's life will be held on Sat., May 9, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St., Vancouver, Washington 98660.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Arlene's memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church to benefit any one of the many community outreach programs or educational ministries St. Paul supports (
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 29, 2015.
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April 23, 2020
I can't believe it has been 5 years since Arlene has passed. She will always be in my heart. Such a dear, sweet and kind friend. We had many laughs together. I still miss her to this day and forward.
Dorothy Lokey
May 9, 2015
So sorry for the loss of your lovely Mother.My Prayers are with you and the Family. Her Spirit will always be with you she is your Gardian Angel now and will continue to watch over you.
Mary Pifer
May 7, 2015
Arlene a great and beautiful person land always so loving to Lisa and I ,we will miss her so much she will always be with us and in our hearts love Lisa and chuck
Charlie and lisa Vanallen
May 6, 2015
What a wonderful, beautiful woman Arlene was. Such an amazing smile! My heart goes out to you all at this time. May Gods love enfold you.
Karin Canazzi
May 2, 2015
Arlene was my " kissing cousin". We always referred to each that way. She always had a smile on her face, and a kind word about anyone. Enjoyed our visits with family and friends , although they were to few. We will all miss you.
Harold Shanks
April 30, 2015
My heart is sad to hear that my friend and co-worker for many years has passed away. Arlene was kind and loving. Always enjoyed her and Don's visits to our little place at beach while enjoying the car show in summer. My thoughts are with the family and I will miss her dearly.
Dottie Lokey
April 29, 2015
What a kind and gentle lady Arlene was. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. My prayers and condolences to the family. Shirley(Jurgens) Thorkildson.
April 28, 2015
Sorry to hear about Arlene. She was my parents friend and my client at the salon. My thoughts and prayers for Arlenes family. All I can think is she's in heaven there with my Mom and Dad just joking and laughing together. She was a very sweet and kind soul. She will be missed.
Jan Krommenacker
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