Debo Funeral Home

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Arlene Wilfley

January 7, 1932April 16, 2020

Arlene Wilfley (1932-2020)

Arlene Caroline (Kuhlengel) Wilfley, 88, of Fulton, Missouri, entered into eternal life at her home on April 16, 2020. Born on January 7, 1932 in Nashville, Illinois, she was the daughter of Ella (Kaufman) Kuhlengel and Theodore Kuhlengel. Baptized into Jesus as an infant, she grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Arlene was married to Donald Gene Wilfley Sr. on March 10, 1951 in St. Louis, a union that lasted 56 years.

Arlene is survived by five children and four son-in-laws: Debra Link (Dr. Robert Link), Donna Moore (Brian Moore), Diane Branch (Jack Branch), Dr. Denise Wilfley (Dr. Rob Welch), and Donald Gene Wilfley Jr.; sixteen grandchildren: Angela Link Elley, Greg and Dr. Ryan Link, Melissa Moore Barnes, Benjamin Moore, Jeremy Atterberry, Myles Branch, Angela Branch Adrian, Wil, Emma, and Ella Welch, Zachary, Haley, Dalton, Wyatt, and Grayson Wilfley; twelve great-grandchildren: Ashton and Isabella Elley, Smith Link, Hannah, Adam, and Micah Link, Lillian Barnes, Theodore Moore, Lidya and Berk Atterberry, and Lochlyn and Kolton Adrian; two sisters, two brother-in-laws, and one sister-in-law: Beulah Schneider (Dan Schneider), Jeanette Helton (Terry Helton), and Mary Ellen Kuhlengel; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Gene and Stanley Kuhlengel; a sister, Bernice Vahle; one grandson, Tyler Gene Branch; and her beloved husband, Donald.

After moving with her family to Fulton from St. Louis in 1969, Arlene worked at Gasper’s Restaurant in Kingdom City for over thirty years as a waitress and hostess. While at Gasper’s, she enjoyed the family-like atmosphere and lively interactions and companionship with co-workers and customers. Arlene's primary vocations, however, were as wife, mother, and grandmother, through which she blessed her numerous relatives by her constant love and extraordinary personality.

Arlene was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fulton, where she was faithfully nourished by God’s Word and Sacraments. Her hobbies included playing cards, dancing, going to church, cooking, and watching good movies. However, her favorite pastime was having fellowship with her family members, all of whom she loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fulton, MO. Online condolences may be made online at www.debofuneralhome.com


  • Private Family Service

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  • Burial

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020


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Patricia Lasater

April 21, 2020

Where to begin? As a young child down on Sutherland, a young teen out on the farm, a young adult at the picnic on the float trips?? During all the periods of my life I remember my Aunt Arlene. A woman full of life, who taught us all to work hard, CLEAN even harder and never forget to enjoy life. Work hard, play harder. She was always on my side and never passed judgement. A wonderful Aunt and God Mother, a Great Matriarch of our family. I love you Auntie and you will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of you in their life.

Tom & Mary Jo Dickson

April 20, 2020

To Don and the entire Wilfley family ....
Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dear mother who was loved and cherished by your family and all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

Helen Hayden-Wade

April 20, 2020

Dear Denise, Rob and Family,
Deepest condolences and most sincere sympathies to you all at this time. In the words of Helen Keller: "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." And your Mom/Grandma will always, always be a part of you, watching over you, embracing you with her love. She will always be missed as she was such a big part of your lives - the sign of a truly loving Mom and Grandmother. We will keep you all in our prayers - much, much love at this time.
Love, Helen, Jeffrey, Nora and Kylie Wade

Dianne May

April 19, 2020

Debbie and Bob,
We are thinking of you during this sad time of your Mothers passing. I know over the past years how many memories you have shared. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Prayers Dianne and Bob

Dianne May

April 19, 2020

Dear Debbie and Bob, sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I know how in the last few years you were always there to lend a hand, laugh and enjoy the past memories . Losing a parent you will feel the void your heart and spirit. Thinking of you during this time of grief.
Thinking of you Dianne and Bob

Vanessa Lemons (sheets)

April 18, 2020

Don and Arlene was a big part of my childhood growing up. Arlene was always super nice, caring lady. Most Of all I remember is her laugh. She had the biggest smile and beautiful loud laugh. I have amazing memories of the card game when she would play. Me and my cousins were a hand full at that time. 😊 loved her and so glad she was a big part of my life.


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