Mary Arlene Ireton Radford Wixom, 99, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in Bend, Ore. She will be remembered as being thoughtful and liked helping others. She loved her family and friends.
Arlene was born July 21, 1914 in Carlton, Kansas which is a short distance from Salina, Kansas.
She is the daughter of Elmer G. Ireton and Myrtie Baxter Ireton. The family moved to Blackfoot and the Groveland area when she was about six years old, along with sisters, Alice and Margie. She graduated from Blackfoot High School, also taking courses from Utah State University.
Arlene married Stephen Vern Radford on Aug. 17, 1938. Their vows were later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 10, 1940. Vern passed away July 10, 1994. Later she married Raymond Wixom on Oct. 25, 1995. Raymond passed away Feb. 26, 2003.
She really enjoyed yard work, growing trees and flowers. One day Bonnie Bramwell saw her coming around the fence and she yelled, “Look out, weed; here comes Arlene.” It was not unusual to see her down on her hands and knees with a pair of scissors trimming the yard along her sidewalk and driveway.
She is a member of “Brower Camp” Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Lady Lions, Blackfoot Ladies club; she operated Roy’s Ice Cream Parlor, worked as a dental assistant, was a bookkeeper for Dr. Jack Vandercreek, worked at the Christmas Tree Fantasy, worked at the Idaho Bank & Trust, INEEL, served for 20 years as a Blackfoot Stake librarian under presidents Gareth Ogden, Arvid Jensen and a short time for Gordon Simpson.
She is survived by three sons; Stephen (Lisa) Radford of Bend, Ore.; Kent (Kay) Radford of Mapleton, Utah and Dennis Radford of Hays, Kansas. Extended sons are Jerry (Doreen) Baca, Ski Dzbanski; a sister, Alice Garnand of Gooding; step-daughter-in-law, Linda Wixom. She has extended family including Verla Jensen, Grant (Joan) Radford, Robert (Cheryl) Radford, Irma Radford, Vestle Wixom &and Marjorie Wixom. Arlene wanted to say a special thank you to nephew Gary and Maryls McCurdy who has been wonderful to her. She would also like to mention and thank her friend and neighbor, Bea Christiansen.
Preceding her in death were husbands Vern Radford and Raymond Wixom, parents Elmer and Myrtie Ireton, sister, Margie Herbst and brothers-in-law Charles McCurdy, Randall Herbst and Ivan Garnand; step-daughter, Frankie Katseanes and stepson Douglas Wixom, extended family, Darwin Wixom and Lola Herres.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org