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Arlene Chellis

June 18, 1931 ~ September 11, 2018 (age 87)

Arlene Chellis - Horton Bay, MI - passed away peacefully at Grandvue Nursing facility on September 11, 2018 and went on to meet her Lord and Savior.  She was 87 and is survived by her husband James (Vard) Chellis and her two sons Mark and wife Ruthanna Capelin Chellis of Miller Place, New York and Matthew Chellis Boulder, Colorado and her granddaughter Marissa Chellis also of Miller Place, New York.

Arlene is the daughter of the late Flossie and Heston Dyer of Horton Bay, MI. She was the youngest of four daughters and attended the Horton Bay School and Boyne City public schools. She and her husband James were married in Horton Bay in 1955 and recently celebrated their sixty third wedding anniversary this past June.

She was a devoted mother, wife and friend to all who knew her. Arlene was an active member of the Horton Bay United Methodist Church and worked in the shoe department at the Petoskey J.C. Penney department store for over forty years.  Her work at J.C. Penney afforded her one of the most recognizable faces in Petoskey retail as having purportedly sold at least one pair of shoes to every family in northern Michigan during her tenure with the company.

Funeral services will be at the Horton Bay United Methodist Church in Horton Bay, MI on Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 AM with a gathering of family and friends being held from 10:00 AM until the time of service.  Internment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Boyne City, MI following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations may be made to the Horton Bay United Methodist Church in her name.

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