Arlene was born to Benjamin and Laura Beal in Fruitland, Idaho. She and raised in Ontario, Oregon until 15 years old, then traveled and lived in various places in Oregon. At age 19 she met and married the love of her life, Jackie Lee King. This was during WWII, Jack was at war for the first 2 years while Alrene worked as a plumber’s helper in the Portland Shipyards. After the war, Jack began logging and they lived in many logging camps in Oregon while raising a family of three. In 1951 they settled in Brookings, Oregon, bought a house near the beach and a commercial fishing boat. Arlene maintained a beautiful yard and fruitful garden, fished with Jackie as a boat puller often and also worked various jobs including the lily fields and the local fish market in Harbor.
Brookings is/was a beautiful, small coastal town and a perfect place to raise a family. Over time several other family members also moved to Brookings, bought homes and settled. Large family gatherings were a way of life and a revolving open door on N. Hazel Lane.
If you had the pleasure of knowing Arlene, you may say she was beautiful, kind, soft spoken, a hard worker and strongly independent.
Her hobbies included quilting, canning, gardening, garage sailing, puzzles, wheel of fortune, and card games, her favorite being Texas Holdem.
Alrene’s daughter Janice cared for her in her senior years, they did everything together. In 2020, they sold the house in Brookings and moved to Tucson, Arizona. Arlene’s final year was a new way of life in a beautiful senior living park with all the amenities. Arlene passed in peace and comfort on March 22, 2021.
Arlene is preceded in death by husband, Jackie Lee King; children; Joyce Julian and Jerry King; siblings Betty English, Robert Beal, Alan Beal. Arlene is survived in death by her daughter Janice King; many nieces, nephews, and generations of grandchildren.