Arlene Crider

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Arlene Crider, 87, of Eldorado, died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette. 

She was born July 9, 1931 to Lewis and Amanda (Stray) Ruroden at home on the farm in Fayette County. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Church in Clermont. She attended country school at Marion Township #3 Groth and graduated from Elgin High in 1950. Arlene was united in marriage with James Crider on Jan. 5, 1951, in Caledonia, Minn. Two children were born to this union. Arlene worked as a bookkeeper at Big Gain Feed for 25 years, Schwans, Landis Fertilizer and Carpenter and Craft, all in West Union. She also babysat in many homes for years and they called her “Grandma” and “Ene.”

Arlene is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Steve) Metzger of Clermont; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Crider in 1998; her son, Steven Crider Sr. in 2012; grandson, Steve Crider Jr. in 2014; sisters, Anna Mae Olson, Myrtle West, Levila Gisleson, Opal Tope; and one brother, Leslie Ruroden.

Visitation is Friday, March 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, as well as one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Eldorado, with Rev. Ginny Olson as the officiant. Burial is at West Union Cemetery. Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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