Arlene Mickelson Smith, 91, of Manti, passed away in Centerfield, Utah on Dec. 14, 2021.
Arlene was born on Dec. 9, 1930 in Manti, Utah, to Rulon S. and Jesse C. Mickelson. After completing her formal education in Manti, Snow College and the University of Utah, she taught school in Richfield; Salt Lake City; El Cajon, California and Mannheim, Germany.
Arlene traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean areas during those years.
Arlene met her husband, Lloyd V. Smith, in El Cajon, California while they were both employed by the Cajon Valley School District. They were married June 18, 1960 in Richfield, Utah, and the marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on Dec. 28, 1962.
They began their life together in El Cajon, where Lloyd continued working as a psychologist for the school district. Within a few short years, they owned and operated the Clinic for Reading and Day School(s) in different areas throughout San Diego County.
After moving back to Manti, Arlene and Lloyd, along with Scott Williams, formed a partnership to build houses in Sanpete and Sevier counties. Arlene worked in the hardware store and helped customers with their interior design selections for their new homes.
Arlene and Lloyd continued tutoring students throughout their lives together. They loved and supported each other in their work, travels and church callings. They joyfully celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2010.
Arlene is survived by her two beloved daughters, Vickie Ann (Jack) Robins and Tamara “Tammy” Arlene (Dane) Tom; she adored her grandchildren: Starlette (Kevin) Tobler, Weston (Nicole) Keisel, Kolten (Taya) Robins, Chase (Fantasia) Thompson, Matthew Robins, Sierra (Colten) Sant; 8 great-grandchildren: Gaige, Grace, Gabryanne and Gannon Tobler; Oskar and Ozzie Keisel; L.B. Thompson and Remy Sant, with Kolten and Taya expecting number 9 in May; great-great-grandson, Dawson Melton; two brothers: Merrill (Charlene) Mickelson and Elliot (Zola) Mickelson; and many nieces and nephews, whom Arlene dearly loved.
Arlene was greeted with open arms by her husband; parents; brother, Garth and sister-in-law, Lola Mickelson; and her niece, Mitzi Snow.
Vickie and Tammy would like to thank the loving staff at Mission at Community Rehab in Centerfield, along with the many therapists and doctors who helped her post hip surgery. We are forever grateful for their care during the past two trying years of COVID-19 when we could not be present.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at noon in the Manti 9th Ward Chapel (Red Church), where friends may call from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the services.
Burial will be in the Manti City Cemetery. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Arlene’s obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Manti, Salina and Richfield.
Floral arrangements provided by Wildflower Floral + Storehouse and may be reached 435-851-1717, or 435-851-3284, also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildflowerstorehouse/