Arleen Elliott

Arleen Elliott

Thursday March 11, 2021

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Obituary for Arleen Elliott

Arleen Lucille Elliott, age 80, of Brainerd, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 11, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. Arleen was born on May 5, 1940 in Plummer, MN to John & Dorothea (Snow) Polson. She married the love of her life, A. Boyd Elliott on October 31, 1959. The marriage was blessed with two daughters.
Arleen had a servant’s heart. She gave endless hours volunteering in the community. She could be found on any given day at St Joseph’s Hospital, Good Samaritan-Bethany, The Center or First Lutheran Church. Arleen greeted everyone with a smile. In 2015, Arleen was honored with Crow Wing County’s Senior Volunteer of the year. Arleen was also very active in the VFW, and a lifelong member of the American Legion.
Arleen is survived by her daughters, Jonette (Tom) Tschida, and Arliss (Terry) Opatz; grandchildren, Jon (Samantha) Tschida, Kelcie (Casey) Neumann, Kevin (Cassondra) Opatz, and Lindsay (Scott) Plewka; 6 great-grandchildren; brother Eugene Polson; sister, Kathleen (Frank) Polson-Adams.
Arleen was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Boyd; sisters, Ellen Moline, Mary Smith, Shirley Block and Joan Lewandowski; brother, Benjamin Polson.
Services for Arleen will be private.
Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veteran Cemetery.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Good Neighbor Nurses, the staff on the second and sixth floors at St Joseph's Hospital, and the Hospice care team for the compassion they showed Arleen throughout her illness.

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Deb Anderson

Arleen is the longest volunteer St. Joseph's Medical Center has ever had. She started in 1973 when she was 33 years old. She was the auxiliary treasurer from 1973 to 1976 and then volunteered with many fundraisers and in the Gift Shop every Friday. She would be so kind to think of the other volunteers and staff on Thursdays and bring them donuts from the Center. Don't underestimate Arleen's knowledge as she remember every one and everything that had every happened in the Brainerd area. She knew EVERYTHING that was going on or went on. Car trips to state legislature or district meetings were always interesting when Arleen was along. One thing that I will do that I learned from Arleen is to put a Pearson's mint on the bottom of my cup of hot chocolate. Arleen (with two es) with never be forgotten.
Comment | Posted at 04:33pm via Condolence

Deacon Mike Koecheler

Deacon Mike Koecheler
Arleen was just one of those gals that each time you met her your day was made better. A caring soul who volunteered countless hours in service to others and found great joy and peace in doing so. May God reward his faithful servant. Deacon Mike Koecheler (aka RSVP Volunteer Service)
Comment | Posted at 08:24am via Condolence

Kathleen Tusa

Arleen will be missed by so many of us. I first met her at First Lutheran Church, then at The Center. I'll miss seeing her in the pew in front of me at First Lutheran, and also at the front desk of The Center every Monday afternoon. Also at The Center we were both members of a one-act play group, The Platinum Players, where we were card-playing cowboys, and last November, Pilgrims and Native Americans, entertaining people picking up their dinners. Thank you, Arleen, for being a friend and a helper. You've earned your eternal rest.
Kathy Tusa
Comment | Posted at 11:24am via Condolence

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