Charlene H. Arrowsmith
January 18, 1928 – November 28, 2019
Charlene was born on January 18, 1928, in Provo, Utah, to Leola Scott and Adelbert Blair Hopkins, and died at 91 on November 28, 2019, of natural causes.
Charlene married Duane Arrowsmith on November 19, 1948, and they were soul mates, golf pals and business partners to the end. When Duey died suddenly in 2007, he left a hole in her heart and she missed him every day.
Charlene had a 20-year career with Owens-Corning Fiberglass, where she managed the Salt Lake office until 1983. Before she left for the office in the morning, she dressed to impress, with perfect makeup, and her shoes and purse always matched her outfit.
Charlene was a competitor and a winner. An avid quilter, one of her many quilts was accepted in a juried show at the Springville Art Museum. But she was most proud of her artistic achievements. She liked to introduce herself to strangers as “Charlene Arrowsmith, artist.” She worked at her art for many years, and produced a number of oil paintings and watercolors. She won several ribbons and cash prizes for her pictures. A point of pride for her was her inclusion in the book, Artists of Utah.
Charlene and Duey both loved to gamble – win or lose. They gambled happily together in Wendover, Mesquite and Las Vegas. One of Charlene’s favorite gambling stories starts with her as the only woman at a five-card stud poker game in Vegas, and ends with her taking the pot, and winning a commemorative silver coin, which she proudly showed her visitors.
Charlene’s brothers and sisters, Kay, Veone, Richard, Marilyn and Frank, preceded her in death. Charlene and Duey have two daughters, Toni (Sharp) and Debra (Martin), five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and two shih tzus; Kimi and Luciloo.
Charlene faced increasing physical and mental challenges. Her family would like to thank the Abbington staff and the Inspiration Hospice staff for everything. This group of kind, dedicated professionals made Charlene’s last two years as pleasant as possible. The family will privately celebrate Charlene’s life, but if you knew Charlene, think of her and buy a painting from a local artist, or drop a quarter in a slot machine in her memory.