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She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph Lee McLaren, and grandsons, Gerry Lewis and Lee McLaren Jr. She was also preceded by her sister, Fern Rider, and brothers Laverne, Bob and Bill Butterfield, as well as her parents.
She is survived by her children: Lee McLaren (Betty) of Charlotte, N.C.; Harold McLaren (Jo Ann) of Fort Mill, S.C.; Sharon Lewis (Gerald) of Hazlehurst, Ga.; Gary McLaren (Cathy) of Midlothian, Va..; the Rev. Beverly McLaren of Milledgeville, Ga. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: David McLaren, Kimberly McLaren, Donald McLaren, Steven McLaren, Brandon McLaren, Charles Lewis, Matthew McLaren, Lennox McLaren, Marie Branch and Caitlin Figura, as well as nine great-grandchildren.
On Sept. 27, 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Lee McLaren, and together they raised five children. In 1959, they moved to Milledgeville, Ga. and away from her beloved Colorado. All who knew her witnessed the continued longing for those Rocky Mountains.
Family and faith were the foundation for Arlene. Her greatest joy in life was being a wife and a "Mother like no other" to her five children. They remember her strength, patience, guidance and support as they navigated the challenges of life.
Arlene loved the Lord wholeheartedly as witnessed by the many people who heard her hum and sing "Every Day With Jesus" until the very end. She influenced her grandchildren through her faith and the many children through the years in her primary class at the Milledgeville Church of God. She and "Brother Mac" were favorites and are remembered fondly by many people.
She was an accomplished seamstress and a champion at Chinese Checkers. She loved to play the piano and sing. Arlene had a fascination with words and rhyming and never lost her sense of humor.
The family would like to thank the staff of Fellowship Home at Meriwether for their compassionate care during her last few years.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Milledgeville with the Rev. Tyrone Hutchinson and the Rev. Eddie Wiggins officiating. Interment will follow in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m.
She was a member of New Hope Worship Center in Milledgeville. Flowers accepted or contributions may be made to New Hope Worship Center, P.O. Box 786, Milledgeville, Ga. 31059.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.williamsfuneral.net.
Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Milledgeville is in charge of arrangements.
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