Arlette Frances (Levy) Tompkins

February 6, 1926February 25, 2018
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Arlette Levy was born in Sarrebourg, France, on 2/6/26 and died on 2/25/2018. She survived WWII and was working for the US Army as a translator when she was seen across a room by Army Sargent Eldon Tompkins who told his friend that he was going to marry this beautiful woman…..and did. Their first daughter, Frances, was born in Heidelberg, Germany. The family returned to the States in 1948 and were stationed at Fort Lewis where Michelle was born; daughter Vicki was born at Fort Lawton. They settled in Ballard with military assignments in Virginia and Illinois from 1957-1961. Arlette was a strong woman who endured separations from Eldon in the early 50s during the Korean War, and later in 1961, when Eldon was stationed in France without the family. Arlette had a career in Banking as well as later working in retail at Littler’s. She volunteered for UNICEF and other organizations during her lifetime, and was a member and past officer of Alliance Francaise. She was always tres chic as she was French.

Arlette was preceded in death by her husband in 2007 and by her grandson, Greg Minerich in 2012. She is survived by Frances; Michelle; Vicki (Lee); grandsons Collier Minerich and Andrew Minerich (Adelle); granddaughter Nicole Shema (Micah Smith); and 4 great grandchildren – Layla, Julia and Lucas Minerich and Camille Smith. She is survived by her brother, Jean-Claude Levy (Helene) and two nieces, Dominique and Chantal in France. Joaquim and Liana Levy, and Tarah Aggar-Levy are her French great nephew and great nieces.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Benedetto and family, owners of MorningSide Residence, and to all the wonderful caretakers who took such loving care of our Mom for the past 28 months.

Arlette will be interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery with Eldon. Arlette requested no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at Butterworth Funeral Home on Sunday, March 11, from 1:00-4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at Butterworth Funeral Home.


  • Celebration of Life Gathering Sunday, March 11, 2018

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Kathy Kingston

March 7, 2018

I have very fond memories of Arlette and Eldon as my neighbor in Ballard for many years. Among my fond memories was Arlette preparing dinner and playing pinochle once a month...such a treat and so much fun! Thinking of you with much love and sympathy ❤️


March 3, 2018

Arlette, My memories of you are held close to my heart. You were intelligent, strong and yes, undoubtedly elegant. Your values and standards and love were embraced and an important part of our developmental years. The time we all spent together are with me today and, of course, Vicki and I carry this friendship tradition on across many ocean miles. Eldon was one of the kindest men I knew as a girl. Thank you, Arlette and to all your family for everything. Love and strength to all of you. Susan