Arlene Estep Munson passed away on September 12, 2020 at the age of 91. She was born in 1928 in Clay County, West Virginia, to her parents, Donald Matthew and Lorna Bird Estep. After the early death of her mother, Arlene was raised by her grandparents, Rev. T. H. and Ella Estep at Porter, WV. She was a 1946 graduate of Clay County High School.
Although the last few years of her life were wrought with the tragic onset of dementia, we remember not the disease that took her life but we remember the strong, intelligent, happy person she truly was. Arlene found joy in everything, especially her children. She loved music, animals, sewing, crochet and the Steelers.
She worked for many years for the Bureau of the Public Debt in Parkersburg, WV, until she retired. She lived by herself happily for many years and loved life with her good friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, Helen Estep; brother, Don Maurice Estep; and her estranged husband, Robert Cunningham Munson.
Arlene leaves behind so many friends and family to cherish her memory, including her children and step-children, Robert C. Munson, M.D., Chicago, IL; Renee Anderson, Phoenix, AZ; Gregory A. Munson and wife Sharon, Irwin, PA; Candice M. Bandy and husband, Craig, Boaz, WV; Mark C. Munson and wife Sharon, Parkersburg, WV; Lou Ellen Gabriel and husband Pat, Grand Junction, CO; John P. (J.P.) and wife Lori, Orlando, FL; sisters Carole Sue Lynch, Alexandria, VA; Ella Guthrie, Roanoke, VA; Linda Wilson, Lehigh Acres, FL. She has 20 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life will be on Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. at Hadley Funeral Home, Marietta, OH, with visitation beginning at 9:30. Burial will be at 3:00 P. M. in the White Family Cemetery, Oak Hill Ridge Road, Bomont, in Clay County, WV.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritans Purse or to hospicefoundation.org.