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Lois “Arlene” Roether



Lois “Arlene” (Beggs) Roether, 77, of Creston died Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Crest Haven Care Center in Creston. She donated her body to research. A private burial will be held at a later date in Clearfield. Online condolences can be made at

Lois “Arlene” Beggs was born Nov. 6, 1942, to Don and Merle (Ferguson) Beggs in rural Clearfield. Arlene attended all 12 years of school in Clearfield graduating as salutatorian of her graduating class in 1961. She then graduated from Commercial Extension Business College in Omaha, Nebraska.

In 1963, Arlene married Jerry Roether in Omaha, Nebraska. They later divorced.

Arlene’s entire working career was spent with Eastman Kodak Company out of Rochester, New York. During this time she lived in several cities throughout the United States. After taking early retirement, Arlene returned to San Antonio, Texas, where she sold real estate for a short time before returning to Iowa.

Arlene was a member of the Christian Church in Clearfield and Eagles No. 1398 in Creston.

Arlene was an avid basketball player in high school and her love for sports continued through her adult life. She enjoyed snow skiing, bowling, golfing, darts, camping, along with her love of taking her dogs for long walks and reading. In her early years, she loved attending the state fair and traveling with the family to the western states. Arlene helped with farm chores and drove the tractor when needed, claiming an old AC tractor as her own. She especially loved playing cards with Grandma Beggs. She enjoyed tinkering with small wood projects and loved giving her projects to her friends and family. One of Arlene’s favorite things to do was to hang out with her many friends at the Eagles and Sidetracked.

Anyone who knew Arlene knew her love for all animals. She rescued many dogs and cats throughout her life, but her one wish was to own a horse, which never came to be. Arlene requested that any memorials be made to the animal shelters to provide for the animals that have not found homes. Memorials can be sent to Donna Leeps at 926 Sherman Ave., Creston, IA 50801, to be divided between Dog Gone Rescue and C.A.R.E. shelters in Creston.

Arlene is survived by her sisters: Carolee (Pat) Maher of Imogene and Donna (Dave) Leeps of Creston; special friend Darrell Williams of Creston; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents Don Beggs in 1991, Merle Beggs in 2015, infant sister Susan in 1995, nephew Joe Beck in 2009, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

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