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Arlene Keller Nash, 80, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Heritage Home in Preston, Idaho. She was born on September 20, 1936 to Fairen Keller and Elene McDermott in a little one room house in Mink Creek, Idaho.
She married the love of her life, Victor Paul Nash Jr., on November 3, 1952 in the Logan Utah Temple. They are the parents of three daughters: Christy Lynn (Richard) Stevenson of Linrose, Idaho; Robin Lee (Garth) Stevenson of Dayton, Idaho; and Roxanne (Kelly) Mickelsen of Preston, Idaho.
When her youngest daughter went to kindergarten, Arlene went to work for the City of Preston as the City Clerk. She served as City Clerk for 28 years. She was instrumental in the creation of Preston’s Festival of Lights, along with Wayne Bell and Walt Ross. Arlene had a brilliant mind and she excelled at anything she put her mind to, whether it was tole painting, sewing, making floral arrangements, designing and making jewelry or painting carousel horses. She was an excellent cook and made the best dutch oven chicken and banana/coconut pie filling. Vic and Arlene loved breeding, training and racing their horses together. They lived their lifelong dream of owning and operating a horse ranch. She loved doing genealogy and attending the temple, and was a member of the Preston Third Ward.
She is survived by her spouse, her three daughters, 9 grandchildren and 22 ¾ great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fairen & Elene Keller and her mother and father-in-law, Paul and Wanda Nash.
At Arlene’s request, a private, family funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Webb Funeral Home in Preston, Idaho with Bishop Ron Smellie conducting. Burial was in the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, Idaho.
The family would like to give special thanks to those who cared for our mother the last months of her life, Dr. David Beckstead, Heritage Home and Access Health Care. We want to especially thank Thelma Rowley and Brynanne Williams our hospice angels. We will be forever grateful for the loving care you showed our mother.
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