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M. Arlene Shoemaker

October 27, 1939 — May 7, 2020

M. Arlene Shoemaker

Mary Arlene Shoemaker, 80, of Stronghurst, Illinois passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020 with her husband and son by her side at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab in Stronghurst.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo is assisting with arrangements.

Arlene was born October 27, 1939 in New Boston, IL the daughter of Orville and Violet Gaines Sweet. She married Freeman Shoemaker Sr. July 3, 1959 in New Boston. Arlene worked at the former Wilsons in Monmouth and The Pottery in Monmouth. In her younger years, she enjoyed playing softball with the woman’s league in Keithsburg. She also enjoyed working puzzles and playing cards. She especially enjoyed playing Bingo.

Survivors include her husband:  Freeman Shoemaker, Sr.; son:  Freemie Shoemaker; grandchildren:  Randy Goodrick, Heather Roberts, Zac Brock, Jade Grawet, Seth House, Freemie Shoemaker and Hallie Shoemaker; 5 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson; brother:  Robert Sweet and  sister:  Joyce Paschal.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; daughter:  Carmie Shoemaker House; son:  Gerry Brock; 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

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