Arlene Lorie Pemberton

April 18, 1926May 7, 2018

Arlene Lorie Pemberton passed away on May 7, 2018, in Portland. She was born in Kimball, Nebraska on April 18, 1926, to Walter Reese and Edna May (Gregory) Swaim. Growing up, the family moved around the Midwest, until they settled in Oregon. Arlene attended Gresham, High School, where she met her future husband, Robert. They married in Hood River on July 27, 1944. Robert passed in 1997. Arlene was a member of the Gateway Elks Lodge for many years, as well as the Gresham Free Methodist Church. She worked for Marx bakery in Gresham in the Pastry Department, which was eventually bought out by Buttercup Bakery. When Buttercup Bakery closed, she went to work for Franz. She enjoyed cake decorating, camping, fishing and traveling to Reno. Arlene is survived by her two children, Diane Wheeler and Larry Pemberton; two of her siblings, Beverly Ketzenberg and Cheryl Adams; as well as five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. A Viewing will be held at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home on Friday, May 11, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home on Saturday, June 16, at 1:00 pm. Arlene will be laid to rest with her husband at Willamette National Cemetery.


  • Walter Reese Swaim, Father
  • Edna May Swaim, Mother
  • Robert Pemberton, Husband
  • Diane Wheeler, Daughter
  • Larry Pemberton, Son
  • Beverly Ketzenberg, Sister
  • Cheryl Adams, Sister
  • Arlene is also survived by five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

Arlene Lorie Pemberton

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Kae Pemberton

May 16, 2018

I could not have asked for a better mother-in-law than Arlene. She was a kind and gentle person who loved with all of her heart. Arlene was the person who actually introduced me to her son 35 years ago!! I will never forget her sharing the picture of Larry with me while we were both in the bathroom at the Gateway Elks Lodge. That sounds really funny, but it's true! We drove to Reno with her and Bob our first year together, went to many events together and even went camping a couple of times. I have so many wonderful memories that will never be forgotten!

cindy ketzenberg

May 10, 2018

Arlene was always my favorite aunt,we all loved going down and visiting her and Bob in Portland.She was very caring and so helpful with clothing and food with the family. Arlene and Bob would visit us and bring goods and happiness into the family. They were such a joy to be around. They will be missed,the ray of memories of sunshine will forever be there. God Bless.