Arlene M. Smith (nee Ingram), age 105 of Monticello, MN,
passed into her eternal home with the Lord on May 10, 2021.
She was born in Big Lake, MN on December 15, 1915 to
Orrin Ingram and Viola (Tischer) Ingram. Arlene was a lifelong resident
of Big Lake and spent the last 12 years of her life as a resident of
St. Benedict’s Senior Community in Monticello. She was married in 1936 to
Lyle Smith and together they had two sons: Peter and Tim. She was a teacher in a one-room
schoolhouse for several years in different school districts
within Sherburne County, MN. After teaching, she worked for
the Big Lake Public Schools as a secretary for 30 years.
She was a lifelong member of Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake.
She and Lyle enjoyed many years of retirement together, traveling, fishing and entertaining family and
friends. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed watching all
sports, especially the Twins and Timberwolves. Arlene was preceded in death by husband Lyle; son
Peter; siblings Hazel Roman, Jesamine “Jay” Bailey, Claude and Orrin (Ty) Ingram.
She is survived by son Tim and wife Trudy; one granddaughter Sarah (Smith) Long; four grandsons
Craig, Jonathan, Jed, and Jacob Smith; and five greatgrandchildren Sabrina, Abigael, Mason, Maxwell, and
Autumn Smith. Arlene was truly an inspiration to all of her family and friends and will be forever missed.
Memorial Service 11AM, Saturday, June 26th at Saron Lutheran Church, 311 Lake Street South, Big Lake, MN with visitation ½ hour prior to service at church. Private Interment at
the Big Lake Cemetery.
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