Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI


Arlene Martin

10 mars 193517 juillet 2020

Mrs. Arlene Evelyn (Swanson) Martin quietly departed this life Friday, July 17, 2020 at the age of 85.

Arlene, daughter of the late Swan Swanson and Laura Swanson was born March 10, 1935. She attended Dewitt Public Schools and Eastern High School of Lansing, MI. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ. Later she joined Walker Memorial Bible Church as a member, serving in music with singing. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Arthur Lee Martin in November of 1956. This union was blessed with three children. Arthur preceded her in death in November, 2008.

Arlene enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She hosted many large family gatherings because preserving family connections was important to her. She was an active member of the Williamston First Baptist Church, singing in the choir, playing her clarinet, teaching Sunday School for several years, and volunteering and many other ways. Her church friends were part of her family.

Arlene and Art enjoyed traveling, but they particularly enjoyed sharing these many trips with family and friends. After retirement they became snowbirds residing in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Florida, and even Arizona for a short time.

Arlene is survived by: two sons, Dennis (Mitzi) Van Cleve, Stephen (Sharon) Martin; a daughter, Dianne (Ken) Phelps; a brother, Lawrence (Evelyn) Swanson; a sister, Shirley (Richard) Moulton; a brother-in-law, Harvey (Judy) Martin; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who will miss her. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Martin; her brothers, Edwin and Robert Swanson; and her sister Elinor Phelps.

Due to the current public health situation, a private burial will be held. A memorial to celebrate Arlene’s life will be scheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or the National Stroke Association.


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Arlene Martin


Rene (Farrell) Aungst

20 août , 2020

From Rene, Part 2:
Arlene loved Charles Stanley. I watched him the morning before I found out she passed away. She would give me his magazines when she got done with them, then ask me what I thought of the articles. That was a bible study for me. When Art got sick I stayed to care for him so she could go to get groceries. I remember what Art would have-- a piece of chicken and butter beans. I choose to do the dishes like her; she’d have a few in the sink and do the little bit up so not to have a sink full. And to wipe down the shower with a towel when you get out of the shower. She was a teacher for me; I greatly appreciated that.

There were many times when she would get on a high horse and we had to step back for a while. Then she would be the same again. I believe that was a part of dementia. She loved a clean house. I remember when a doctor told her not to vacuum more than once a week or once every 2 weeks; that was hard for her.
I knew Arlene for 54 or 55 years. She has been so important to me in my upbringing. I know Art was really smiling in heaven when they met there. We will see them again and they will be smiling when we get there because of our belief in Jesus. Let’s blow them a kiss. We love you, Arlene. Welcome to your new home.

Love you.

Gary, Rene, and Sarah

Rene (Farrell) Aungst

20 août , 2020

From Rene, Part 1:

I first met Arlene when I was 8 years old. She and Art bought the property across the road from my parents. They had a beautiful home built. I was the first to mow it. Art tried to pay me but my dad said no and I threw it on the ground and I almost chopped it with the mower.

Arlene was a great Christian throughout my life; she touched us with her cards and those small cards that I still have in my house. When I went through my first brain tumor I know she must have sent me 100 get well cards and when I go through my bag of cards I will have many small cards that tell you to trust in the lord. In my kitchen I still have one card that says “Hello, this is God. I will be handling all of your problems and concerns today. That’s my job. Your job is to give them to me and then to trust me. Have a great day. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. Phillipians 4:6.”

I have many memories of the family, us as kids-- the games we used to play like 4 square basketball and baseball like the time I was at bat and Bruce Lantis was making fun of me that I couldn’t hit. Well, he ticked me off. I hit a slammer and it hit him in the chest and it took the breath out of him. He never made fun of me again including at the school we went to. Our daughter, Sarah, called them Grandma Arlene and Grandpa Art. She remembers getting to play with the grandkids’ toys, her favorite was Wiffle ball on the west side of the house; she’d put it on a post and smack the ball out into the yard. This family was our neighbors. Now we don’t stay as close now as we did then.

Diana Hicksenhiser

20 juillet , 2020

Arlene was a special lady I remember when she got her computer, learning to email she would call me for email addresses and assistance as well I didn’t know a lot either but between two of us we got things accomplished.

Arlene and Art very special to our family as they were “family” and we enjoyed lots of special times together. The trips they took with my parents are very precious memories. She had the cutest laugh and always dressed to the “T”... God Speed gal Dennis and I loved you lots.