A rlene Bernice Cease, 58, of Bagley Died on Thursday, June 8, 1995 at the Meritcare Hospital in Fargo as a result of a car accident.
Arlene was born on December 12, 1936 on the family farm near Oklee, Minnesota, the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude (Halvorson) Ellickson. She was raised and educated in Oklee. She was baptized and confirmed at the Valle Lutheran Church in rural Oklee. Arlene graduated as valedictorian of her 1954 Oklee High School class. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with an Elementary Education major in 1958. She taught elementary school in Cloquet for a year. She married Wayne Cease on July 25, 1959 in Oklee, MN. They lived in Bagley where she taught school for a year and later substitute taught. She spent the rest of her life making the lives of her family, friends and community better. Arlene was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church serving on the church council, as congregational president, choir member, the Naomi Circle, past president of WELCA, Altar Guild, the serving committee, She also played piano for Sunday school for over 25 years, and was on the committee that redesigned and remodeled the church kitchen. Arlene was a member of the Bagley Tuesday Study Club, and the Bagley community Theatre. She was a past Clearwater County Lady of the Year. She was also in the Blandin Leadership Program. She currently served on the board of the Clearwater County Nursing Service as chairperson, past chairperson of the Bagley Economic Development Corporation, secretary of the Region II Arts Council and treasurer of Wilbur Deere. She was chairperson of the local unit of the American Cancer Society. Arlene was a past president of the Ladies Golf Association and coordinated the local Blood Drive for United Blood Services for many years. She also helped start the pilot program for the Day Activity Center in Bagley. She was the chair of the K.I. D. S. II Bagley High School Auditorium Fund. Arlene will be remembered most for her many acts of kindness and the love she had for everyone.