LAUREL ARLENE MARTELL
"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 (www.stpaulvancouver.com
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits