Arlene Hall, age 101, of Brookings, died Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at The Neighborhoods at Brookview in Brookings. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at the Beach United Methodist Church in Howard. Burial will follow at the Fedora Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Arlene Marcella Slemmen was born on the farm in Fedora to Torsten Anderson Slemmen and Alice (Allie) Kelsey Prindle Slemmen on April 4th, 1922. She was raised in a loving home with four siblings and eight cousins who Allie and Torsten helped raise at various times. Her childhood was filled with family. On the Gidley-Kelsey side, she had more than two dozen first cousins and the Slemmen side had four. She attended Fedora schools and at high school graduation, she earned the honor of Salutatorian. During World War 2, she went to General Beadle College in Madison and got a two-year teaching certificate. She happily taught school for most of six decades including rural schools and into her late 70s, she finished as a Teacher’s Aid in Howard. Her warm radiant smile and caring heart won her students over. She made friends wherever she went all her life. Arlene’s trademarks were hospitality, great skill in cooking and baking the products of which were exhibited regularly and often entertaining visitors, and joy and skill in growing flowers and gardening.
On January 11, 1946, she married Frederick Samuel (Sam) Hall at her parent’s home on their 25th Wedding Anniversary. They met at a dance and became engaged while Sam was in the Army in World War 2. Sam and Arlene farmed together for over 50 years; on a farm located 11 ½ miles NE of Howard. Sam and Arlene were lifelong devoted members of the United Methodist Church. Church, family, and friends was their life. They also were able to travel many places in the US and come trips to Canada as well. After farm life, they moved to a well kept home in the Northwest part of Howard.
Her loss is mourned by her children Kirk Hall (Debbie) Shawnee, KS, and Colene Hall Reiser (Wayne) Brookings, and Maria Wengert (Rollan), Jennifer Reiser, Carrie Forrest (Jeremy), grandchildren Laura Hall, Sam Hall (Rachel), and Josh Hall, and also great grandchildren Jayden Kelly, Byron, Hudson, and Preston Wengert, Hailey and Austin Forrest, Lucy, Joelle, and Walker Hall. She is also survived by her sister, Ione Slemmen Sandene who is in Omaha, along with many nephews, nieces, and long-time friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of sixty years Sam Hall, a sister Vergene Slemmen Klatt and her husband Maurice Klatt, another sister Iva Prindle, a brother Clayton Prindle and his wife Beulah (Beddow), and a brother-in-law Art Sandene (Ione).