Arlene A. McBride

July 12, 1933July 24, 2018

Arlene A. McBride, 85, of Fort Wayne passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. She was born on July 12, 1933 in Vigo County, Indiana. She worked as an accountant for a number of companies most recently at Comfort Masters before her retirement. Surviving family includes her daughters, Tammy (Randy) Miller and Michelle (Rickey) Robertson; seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren; siblings, Nile (Donald McLean) Merritt, Deborah (Don) Szatkowski, Sharon (Don) Gibbons, Richard (Linda) Ellingsworth, Wes Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Gensel; mother, Bertha Austin; step-mother, Lois Gensel, who raised her; son, Ricky Dell; daughter, Jody McGowen-Hart; and siblings, Bobby Gensel, Bill Ellingsworth, and David Austin. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 6750 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Life Villages, S. Anthony Blvd. or Heartland Hospice.


  • Lutheran Life Villages
  • Heartland Hospice


  • Visitation Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Final Resting: Greenlawn Memorial Park Monday, July 30, 2018

Arlene A. McBride

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Terrie Wiggans

July 27, 2018

She was always so sweet and kind to us rowdy bunch of kids. Rest well my Aunt Arlene.

Donald McLean

July 27, 2018

I have known Arlene for many years. She always made me feel like I was like another brother, and part of her family, and I loved her like another sister. I will also miss her deeply. God Bless you on your journey home to God.

Love Always,


July 27, 2018

I have so many memories of my sister, enough to fill many pages. One that stands out to me, was the time she was 14, and I was 8. We had a big argument, and Mom and Dad were tired of the yelling and being nasty to one other, so they made us put on the boxing gloves and we had our little fight. I can't remember which one got the bloody nose or got the black eye. When it was over, we hugged and declared how much we loved each other. I was blessed with such a beautiful and wonderful sister. I thanked God many times in my life for giving me Arlene. I love you and miss you dear sister. Nile

Andy Rambis

July 26, 2018

Aunt Arlene is loved greatly by many. We will never forget how she always remembered everyone’s birthdays. God bless her soul. ❤️