Arlene J Wilkinson, 81, of Boise, Idaho passed away on July 24, 2022 of natural causes in Emmett, Idaho.
Arlene was a long time resident of Boise and worked many years as an RN at St Luke’s hospital in Boise. After her retirement at age 65 she was a volunteer RN for the American Red Cross of Idaho.
One of Arlene’s favorite hobbies was playing cards and cribbage with her friends. She also enjoyed the outdoors in her younger years camping and hiking. She loved to travel and had fond memories of trips to Costa Rica, Hawaii and Europe as well as Arizona, Alaska and much of the U.S.
Arlene was loved dearly by her friends and family and will be missed by everyone that knew and loved her. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents Gerard and Evelyn Chamberlain, brother Frank Chamberlain, brother Arthur Chamberlain, son Erik Wilkinson, and son Kirk Wilkinson. She is survived by her sister Eleanor Thedford, daughter Julie (Scott) Lokken of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and her son, Dean (CJ) Wilkinson of Emmett, Idaho. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that she cherished.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Cottages Assisted Living of Emmett and Keystone Health and Hospice for their excellent care. A special thanks goes to her daughter-in-law, CJ, who gave extra loving care to Arlene as her nurse at the end of her life.
A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Ellie Proffit saysJuly 28, 2022 at 10:36 am
I was so sorry to learn about Arlene’s passing. She was one of my closest friends when I moved to Boise almost 30 years ago. She was always there for me during times of stress and health problems. Our birthdays were close – mine is August 6th and we celebrated them together until last year. She moved and we lost touch.
Julie Lokken saysJuly 30, 2022 at 12:08 pm
Thank you for sharing this Ellie. It means a lot ❤️
Ellie Proffit saysJuly 30, 2022 at 3:17 pm
Arlene is so much in my thoughts these days (and nights). And I have been wondering about Joe and how is he dealing with this loss. The three of us had some fun times and good meals together. Hope he is okay. I remember he had health issues that required monitoring himself.
Jeff Dunn saysAugust 1, 2022 at 6:45 pm
Hello Ellie, I am Joe’s son. He is having a rough time overall right now and losing Arlene was a blow. We’re all hoping he can get his mojo back. I will pass along your thoughts.
Ellie Proffit saysAugust 12, 2022 at 11:19 am
Please keep me updated on his health and living arrangements. I think of him as I enjoy my bourbon and water – the drink he introduced to me. Luv ya Joe!
Maggie Anderson saysAugust 3, 2022 at 12:33 am
Arlene was a wonderful neighbor, she was a joy to be around. So proud of her grandchildren and all their accomplishments.
Julie Lokken saysAugust 3, 2022 at 3:40 pm
Thank you Maggie
nancy Lynn Bunch saysJuly 29, 2022 at 6:17 pm
I wish to convey my condolences to Arlene’s family. I met Arlene in the 90’s when a group of single women met and started going to movies, potluck, hiking, camping and various local trips. I will miss Arlene. She was personal, smart and offered to help me when I had surgery. I know ALL the “Girlfriends” will miss her.
Julie Lokken saysJuly 30, 2022 at 12:10 pm
Thank you Nancy. I remember when Mom joined the Girlfriends group. She really enjoyed it and I was so proud of her for doing that ❤️
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