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Arlene M. Levin

May 2, 1932 — June 3, 2023

Arlene Marie (Lutz) Levin, 91, is now at peace after a bout of pneumonia. Arlene was born May 2, 1932, in Osage County, Kansas to Inez (Heffner) and Oscar Lutz. Her 1950 class of Overbrook Rural High School Gophers met recently for a 70th reunion, remarkable in that the entire class was eighteen students. After Overbrook, Arlene attended Washburn and Kansas Universities obtaining a degree in Education. She first taught in Garnett, KS and then taught home economics in Palm Springs, CA. That huge adventure for a small-town girl set Arlene’s passion for exploration and experiences. After obtaining a Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State, she married Henry Arthur Levin. Arlene was a librarian at Piper middle school and Turner high school. She has two daughters and enjoyed driving them to events and teaching 4-H classes. She was proudest of the young readers she helped find an interesting subject or perfect book that would instill a love of reading. After retiring in 1993, she traveled widely, joined the hiking club and hiked through her eighties, including to the bottom of the Grand Canyon twice. In 1996, Arlene and Henry purchased a second home in Sun City, AZ where they would spend winters. Arlene enjoyed volunteering at several churches, Missouri Rep Theater and the Sun City library. Sun City became their primary home in 2017, but she never lost her passion for the KU Jayhawks. Arlene loved playing bridge and golf and developed many friendships through these activities. Arlene is preceded in death by Henry Arthur in 2018 and survived by Renee Levin of Chandler, AZ, and Denise Levin Signorelli of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Dagny Signorelli of Gunnison, CO and Anthony (Cassandra Thornton) Signorelli of Kingman, AZ. Arlene’s sweet, adventuresome personality will be missed by relatives and friends. 

Memorial visitation to be held June 17th in Lawrence, KS. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of the Valley or Arizona Educational Foundation  

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