Arlene McKinley, age 94, of Midland, S.D., died Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Arlene Lucille McKinley was born June 26, 1920, at Custer, the oldest child of Kerfred Beck and Flora (Mann) Beck. She grew up in Custer and graduated from Custer High School in 1939. She then went to Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa.
After graduating from there, she moved to Bradford, Pa., and helped in a church where her sister and husband pastored. After a period, she returned to South Dakota and attended Spearfish College and received her teaching degree. She taught in the Black Hills and then Faith.
In 1946, Arlene was united in marriage to Clarence McKinley and lived in Midland the rest of her life. To that union were born two sons, Dallas and Everette LaVay.
She taught accordion and guitar for years in Midland. Arlene loved traveling, her many varieties of birds, and gardening. She was a devoted mother, a great cook, and homemaker. Everything was always organized and each day had its list. If it was the day to deep clean a room, she didn’t go to bed until it was done. We will miss her very much.
Survivors include two sons, Dallas McKinley and his wife, Kaye, of Midland, and Everette LaVay McKinley of Philip; five grandchildren, Matthew McKinley and Gabrielle McKinley, both of Rapid City, Dallas "Terrill" and his wife, Sarah, of Pierre, Autumn Mann and her husband, Jeff, and Zachary McKinley and his wife, Jessica, all of Huron, SD; two stepgrandchildren, Sarasue Fields and Crystal Scott; 10 great grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Harry Crawford of Washington, Mo.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, on February 3, 2012; a sister, Dona Willard; and a brother, Grant Beck.
Services were held Monday, August 11, at the Open Bible Church in Midland.
Interment was at the Midland Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com