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Mrs. Arlene Kay Edmondson
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ankeny Presbyterian Church.
  • Ankeny Presbyterian Church
    317 S.E. Trilein Drive
    Ankeny, IA 50021

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“My entire teaching career existed and was successful due to this woman. She took a young, very ignorant new nurse under her wing at DMACC and...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Catherine Stende - Des Moines, IA

“Thinking about the entire family in this time of loss. What a great lady! ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I remember working for Arlene when I first started in the Nursing Staff Development department at Methodist. She was a true champion of developing...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Cheryl Mahoney - Hudson, IA

“You are already deeply missed Aunt Arlene. Love you so much. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Megan Beckwith - Urbandale, IA

“Robyn and family, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I remember Arlene from my years at Unity Point. Robyn I know you had a special bond...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Rose Cranston - Des Moines, IA

“Arlene was a beautiful person, and always saw the bright side!She will be missed by manyAudrey Sunner ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Arlene was my maternal nursing instructor at DMACC in the late 70's. She had a great impact on me and was my favortie instructor, always so...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Lee Ann Lang - Ankeny, IA

“Will miss her very much Chuck! So sorry to hear! Will miss her at the Ankeny Diner. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Keith Halverson - Des moines, IA

“Chuck - I'm sorry to hear about your wife's death. I recall meeting her a couple of times. May she enjoy eternal happiness in heaven. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: John Eure - Washington, DC

“We have known Arlene since she was a little bitty baby. She grew up to be a very kind, gentle and caring lady. We always enjoyed seeing her and her...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Stanley Hill - Mount Pleasant, IA

“We have lost a very Special lady who will be so missed. Her and friendship love of Family and Friends and humor was awesome. Harriett Buck ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Harriett Buck - Ankeny, IA

“Chuck and family, Arlene and I loved to laugh and we did, almost over anything. What a sweet and special friend. Gary and I send hugs and love and...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: - neighbor

“I worked with Arlene when I was a Manager at Iowa Lutheran. Arlene was a wonderful example of a loving, caring person and a great nurse. I am so...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Christine Holcomb (now Brown Elston) - IL

“I am so sorry to learn of Arlene's passing. I will miss her smiling face in church on Sunday mornings. My thoughts and prayers go out to the...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Garner - Ankeny, IA

“Words can not express our deep sadness ...... ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Carrie & Mark Beckwith and family - IL

“We love and will miss you dearly Aunt Arlene. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Carrie & Mark Beckwith and family - IL


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Arlene Kay Edmondson, 76 of Ankeny passed away on February 24, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Ankeny Presbyterian Church (317 S.E. Trilein Dr.). A visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 28th, also at the church.
Arlene was born in Wayland Iowa on October 19, 1940. After she graduated with a nursing degree from St Luke's in Davenport, she met the love of her life, Charles Edmondson. They married on November 20th, 1965. They were blessed with two children.
Arlene continued her education and earned her Bachelors of Nursing from the College of St Francis's and then her Masters in Nursing from Drake University. Her passion for her career in nursing led to several roles over the years that included nursing instructor, middle school nursing, serving as a member of national and state committees for nursing and eventually as a Methodist School of Nursing administrator. She leaves a lasting impact on many in the nursing field.
Despite her many career accomplishments, her biggest impact was on her family which was the pinnacle of her life. She cherished following her grandchildren in their many activities. She could always be found on the sidelines cheering them on, at Ankeny and Johnston activities, she also supported the Iowa State Cyclones. Arlene treasured her church where she was a member for the past 47 years. She enjoyed the triannual Three Sisters Reunions which included destinations of Nags Head, Gulf Shores, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Destin, and the mountains of Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents and mother-in–law.
Arlene's legacy lives on in her husband, Chuck, daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Wayne Biehl; her son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Cathy Edmondson; her grandchildren who were the love of her life, Kale, Fuller and Acacia Biehl and Noah, Zach and Ben Edmondson; and her two sisters Marjorie Hopkins of Carrolton, Illinois, Claudia Beckwith of Milan, Illinois, sister-in-law Sherry Janssen of The Villages, Florida, and their extended families.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ankeny Presbyterian Church.