She married Roger Gilbert in June 1956 and together they had five children; sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mom rarely missed any of our games, concerts, or other activities. She loved following her kids and grandkids activities, as well as the Blue Hawks.
Mom enjoyed books, bird watching, gardening, especially flowers, traveling, and coffee and passed those loves onto her kids and grandkids.
Arlene will be greatly missed by her children, Joni (Jerry) Akin, Scott (Amy) Gilbert, Christy (Jim) Sabo, Mary Kay (Dave) Bonilla and Craig (Diana) Gilbert; her grandchildren, Chelsea Manning, James and Jeremy Akin, Renee Gilbert, Erik (Bria) Gilbert, Dominique and McKenzie Holt, Brett (Anna) Rehard, Jesse (Ryan) Remo, Anthony, Cori and Daniel Bonilla, Ashton, Reese, Madyson and Aiden Gilbert; her great-grandchildren, Lily Roberts, William Akin, Colton Rehard, Logan and Payton Remo. She was preceeded in death by her husband of 52 years, Roger Gilbert, her parents and her brothers Peter and Dennis.
Services will be held Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at the Thompson Falls Christian Church, 306 Church St.
If you so desire, please bring a potluck dish to share at a dinner following the service.