Keith & Keith Funeral Home

902 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA


Arlene Mae Altena

November 12, 1933September 5, 2020

Arlene Mae Altena, 86, was born in Grangeville, Idaho on November 12, 1933.

She passed away in Yakima on September 5, 2020 from congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.

Arlene is survived by her children – Lynn (Gale), Lorrie (Bill), Sherry (Randy) and Bill; grandchildren – Leanne (Denny), Mike, William (Kristen), Nick (Vanessa), John, Stephanie (Mike), Alex (Caitlyn), Mary, Beth (Mick) and Chloe; great-grandchildren – Abby, Isabelle, Isaiah, Annabelle, Liam, Madelynn, Carter, Jackson, Nova, Odin, Colt and Emmy. She is also survived by her brother Don (Pat) Willey, sister Kay Newman, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband John, granddaughter Jessica, parents Norman and Lorene Willey, sister Elaine James, and brother-in-law George Newman.

Arlene was a longtime member of the Grace of Christ Church (formerly First Presbyterian Church).

Many thanks to the staff and friends at Fieldstone Orchard West for your loving care and friendship for our Mom and Grandma.

Viewing will be on Wednesday Sept. 16, from 4 pm - 8 pm, at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. Family graveside service will be on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 1 pm at West Hills Memorial Park (Covid rules apply).

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. To leave a memory for the family please visit keithandkeith.com.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


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Marvin and Linda Calahan

September 17, 2020

We are sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. She was a kind and caring lady and was a great friend and companion to Dad when he was well , and an angel to him when he was ill.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Bob and Pat Garretson

September 16, 2020

So many memories! Being a young married couple out on the ranch we got to know your parents well! Big John, with Arlene, they were the best! Lorrie and Sherry you two were the best babysitters! I think we stopped going out entirely after you girls graduated from high school! And Bill, remember you being that little brother - you grew up and played football! (Lynn, you were out of the house before we got to know you.)
Sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.
Hope to see you at the viewing this afternoon, this darn pandemic and smoke!!

Patriciia Eley

September 15, 2020

I’ve known Arlene the last 10 years as she was a Deacon at Grace In Christ church, and my Uncle James Moler also worked on the RR in Yakima with her husband. I live in Bellingham, but visited Arlene when in Yakima. She is a very special lady & I will miss her! She loved all her family very much. I know she is safely in the arms of Jesus now! Love you, Arlene! ...Pat Eley

Marsha Cline

September 15, 2020

Thinking back on all our of our get-together's with all our aunts & uncles and cousins. Such a great highlight in my life and so glad for pictures and memories. I know they have already had a get-together in heaven with each other. :-)

So thinking of each and everyone of you and sending lots of love and hugs your way.

Much love... Marsha, Dave & family

Kim Rogers

September 15, 2020

I have wonderful memories of Arlene as a loving wife to John, as a devoted and caring Mother to her children, and as a friend to me. I know she will be greatly missed. I send my sincere sympathy and love to her family. Kim Rogers.

Terry Adler

September 15, 2020

You are all in my Prayers during this sad time. I have known Arlene for many years and she always had a smile. She was very caring and a special friend. Arlene and John were both dear to my heart.
R.I.P. my friend.
Terry Adler


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