Arline A. Marion, 90

Arline A. Marion died peacefully at an assisted care facility in Port Washington, on Aug. 2, 2012, following a brief period of weakness.

Born April 18, 1922, and raised in Milwaukee, she was the youngest of two sisters and one brother. Her father, Frank, rose through the ranks starting as a whittler, at Slocum Hat Factory in Milwaukee, later achieving a prominent role as designer and fabricator of men’s hats. Arline demonstrated a special flair for design, and following business school, and a brief stint, working for the Milwaukee Journal, and the IRS in Milwaukee, shortly after World War II, began a lifelong study and admiration for the arts, especially fashion design.

Not long after World War II, Arline married Fred Marion of Milwaukee, a returning, highly decorated Army Air Force lieutenant. Together they pursued family value goals and reared two boys: Marc, currently an architect, and MBA student, former Homestead High graduate, in Madison, and Jay, a longtime Hawaii resident.

Arline, an avid reader, became a housewife, and it was not until the two boys were grown, that she resumed career aspirations. Drawing upon her natural friendliness and interest in people, she worked for several years as a Welcome Wagon hostess in Mequon. She promoted the Mequon/Thiensville lifestyle, trading in her Saturn Gold Mustang convertible to promote Buick’s recently acquired Opel Kadett models.

Later, occasionally drawing upon her creative skills, she volunteered to teach floral arrangements, and "dippity glass flowers" (a popular ’60s floral technique) to evening classes at Brown Deer High School.

In the ’70s, Arline renewed her business skills, and later became manager of women’s designer fashions at Manchesters-Northridge, and a consultant at "28" shop, Marshall Fields.

Arline’s perpetual interest in life and the activities of her two boys, will be sorely missed.