Arlene graduated from Radium High School in 1947. Following is the obituary from the Hutchinson News:
Arlene Marie Deighton, 81, died Aug. 20, 2012. She was born Dec. 2, 1930, daughter of Albert and Myrtle Ruth (McGinty) Van Winkle. On Nov. 26, 1947, Arlene married James E. Deighton. He preceded her in death. Survivors include: sons, Michael (Pat) of New Port Richey, Fla., and Matt of Greensburg; daughters Sheri (Jerry) Beltz of Kingfisher, Okla. and Lori (Larry) Doyle of Okarche, Okla.; brother, Jim of Winfield; sister, Alice Latas of Dodge City; grandchildren, Daren (Shawna) Beltz of Sterling, Erica (Jacob) Biswell, and Lance (April) Doyle, all of Yukon, Okla., Lacey Doyle of Oklahoma City, Okla., Libby (Brian) Rother of Kingfisher, Okla., Lynne Deighton of New Port Richey, Fla., and J.W. Deighton of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Mallory, Wyatt, and Lindsey Beltz, Mackenzie, Jacilyn and Joshua Biswell, and Jace Deighton.
Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greensburg. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church followed by a vigil at 7:15 p.m. Memorials to the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Care and Share Store, both of Greensburg, in Care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St., Greensburg, KS, 67054.
I enjoyed the first page of the blog and booked marked it so I could return. I did notice that no mention was made of my winning a II+ at the District Speech Festival. Mrs. Jones was very upset about it and talked to the judge. I missed getting a I rating by one point. I felt good about my performance however because my dad was in the audience which made me a little nervous but I was so proud that he took off work to hear me give my oration. I remember the judge said that next year I’d probably get a I if I kept up the work, but of course for me the was not to be a next year.
I also remember winning my first and only ribbon in a track meet — I came in third and Eldon and Mickey stretch a cord across the finish line as I staggered in. I was going to drop out because I was so sick for that day’s horrible state approved lunch we had before we left for the meet, but Eldon said that if I finished I wouldn’t be last, I’d be third because the guy ahead of me had dropped out with his broken leg. It was getting dark by the time I finally finished the race in record time — the longest time in history for anyone to finish the mile run.
I never was much of an athlete.