Arlene was born in Watonga, Oklahoma, on June 17, 1935, to Luther Wheeler and Betty F. Byrd Wheeler. She joined two older brothers Orvil "Hap" and Lee Roy "Jr." and later came Alvin "Paul." At age two, the family moved to the Sossman Ranch in Higley, Arizona. The family moved back and forth between Arizona, Oklahoma, and Oregon. In the seventh grade, Arlene remembers going to John Day, Oregon, to visit her married brother Hap; while there, her dad found a position in the sawmill. Arlene got a job at the local bakery during her junior year of high school and soon quit school. She met this nice skinny guy named PJ Hurd ("Pete" from Arkansas) while he was in John Day visiting his family. PJ and Arlene had a short courtship before deciding to marry. Pj, a lumberjack at 24, and Arlene, at age 19, were married on November 24, 1953.\nPJ and Arlene bought a little house in John Day, Oregon, on Main Street at the top of the hill as you drop down into town. They remodeled it to suit the needs of their soon-to-be family; to this day, it's the cutest little bungalow. Three children were born into this house Betty Jo, Michael "Mike," and Ronald "Ron." Mark was born on August 2, 1962, in Arkansas, and soon after his birth, the family found their way back to Oregon. On January 1, 1963, Mark went to heaven at five months old.\nOne could say the legacy of looking for greener pastures or work to support a family also continued to their generation. Arlene and PJ found their way to the Oregon coast. They settled in Florence, Oregon, where they bought a house and began to call it their home again for their family. Arlene was a stay-at-home mom in Florence, and she made sure that the children were in church and made every revival within a 100-mile status through the week and on Sundays as a family. That was her entertainment and an excellent way to keep the children out of trouble. PJ worked nights and Saturdays for the Davidson sawmill in different capacities; he also worked on cars and engines as a hobby and a source of extra income.\nArlene being a stay-at-home mom all the years the kids were living at home, she decided she wanted to be more than a mom and a wife, so she went to work as a cook at a correctional home for boys. With Arlene working and being able to come home in the middle of the day, it allowed PJ's hobby to fulfill a dream he had of owning his own business. Arlene and PJ were asked to take young adult men into their home who needed mentoring and guidance; these men became new believers in Christ after being in the drug and alcohol scene. Their home was like a transition home; two of these men have become pastors, and one is a spiritual, financial, and personal advisor.\nOn September 17, 1982, the Lord paid PJ an unexpected visit and took him to heaven at 51. To make a Long story short, a woman in a man's world did not work for Arlene, and she decided to dissolve the business and sell the property, land, house, and shop.\nPJ and Arlene brought three children into the world. They, in turn, have brought three spouses, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren to the Hurd family. She knowingly carried many titles in the family. Still, it took Arlene time to find out who Arlene actually was and what she would like to do now that she had no ties or responsibility to anyone or anything. After PJ had passed, something pulled Arlene to Willard Park; it was a 55 and older trailer park north of Florence. While living there, she purchased two small trailers and lots; this gave Arlene time to grieve, get healthy, and think about her life. Having a low-maintenance and low-cost place to live allowed her to come and go as she pleased.\nArlene met women who were connected and serving with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) based out of Hawaii. As a child, Arlene made a commitment to the Lord to serve him. Her interest to serve was in Africa, and having this longtime interest, compelled Arlene to join the YWAM base out of Salem, Oregon, as a cook (she was always a great cook growing up her fried chicken and apple pies were a favorite of many who sat at our table, not to forget the homemade raised doughnuts for years every Saturday after a long day of work for PJ). Arlene was in training at YWAM for a mission trip to spread the gospel; the day came for her to embark on a journey to Europe. While spreading the gospel, she was invited to the people's homes in Ireland, Poland, Romania, Czech, and Ukraine. Some time passed, and she was invited to join a lady on a mission/ witness trip to Poland, this time by herself. That was a desire and probably the biggest highlight in her life; that same young girl, now a lady with kids of her own, tracked mom down through the Internet, and they talked back and forth. No longer able to do the long travel for many reasons, Arlene had such great memories and loved to share them as if they were yesterday.\nArlene felt a pull, or rather God telling her to move to Baker City, Oregon, to a drier climate, and she purchased a 1940s house which later became a rental and extra income for her. Later, she bought a lot and put a used double-wide manufactured home on it. Once again, she felt she was to invest in the life of a young woman who had a situation within her family. Arlene asked her to move in with her, giving the baby a safe place to stay as the young woman tried to adopt him. Today she is married to a Christian man, has two boys of her own, and has been able to give a safe place for other children; the baby is grown, serves in the military, and uses his God-given musical talents for the Lord. \nArlene's greatest enjoyment was visiting the prison located in the city limits of Baker; she joined a group from her church that she attended for many years they would hold church services, and the men would do the worship leading. It was open to all men who wanted to attend. Arlene was involved in a group of Christians through the Baker churches that walked the streets of Baker to pray over the town and individual houses. She also joined a lady on Monday evening co-teaching classes and videos on what a good father, dad, and husband should look like and gave examples and ways to deal with topics and issues that occur in daily life. This was to help them adapt to the real world once they had served their sentence.\nThe time came when Arlene's home became too much for her to maintain and keep up. Her next move was to Elkhorn low-income housing in Baker City, Oregon. In time, she adjusted and began to call it home. During the four years at Elkhorn, Arlene bought herself a companion dog which was a lot of company and made her feel wanted; at age 85, Arlene gave up driving her car and sold it to an extended family member. Then, she stopped doing prison ministry, and COVID happened. Once Arlene needed more care, she moved to an assisted living home. Knowing the amount of care that was going to be required, Betty Jo and her husband Richard moved to Baker City to be with Arlene in the last years of her life.\nArlene knew her heavenly father very well; he provided everything for her, and she relied on him to supply her with everything, from a can of refried beans to new tires. She would say she needed no man because the Lord was her husband, companion, and entertainment. Her thinking was centered around things of God; the rest was just stuff to fill the day. She rested assured that heaven was a wonderful place and she is in heaven, her final resting place.\nArlene is survived by her daughter Betty Jo wood of Baker City, Oregon, her son Michael Hurd of Island City, Oregon, and her son Ronald Hurd of Union, Oregon. Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive her.\nShe is preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Betty Wheeler, her husband, PJ Hurd, and her five-month-old son Mark Steven Hurd.\nMemorial contributions in honor of Arlene may be made to Safe Families (Compassion Center) through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave Baker City, Oregon 97814.