Arlene Wirth

Arlene Wirth (Johnson)

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Arlene Lois Johnson Wirth, 89, died in the wee hours of Saturday, October 24, 2020. Laid low from the effects of a stroke in January 2019, she later suffered a serious head blow from a fall brought about by an apparent second stroke in June of that year, leaving her bed-bound until her death.

Arlene was born on April 20, 1931 in Woodland, Washington. The second of four children to Morris and Olga Johnson, formally of Steele, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother Earl, and her younger sister Evelyn. She is survived by her youngest sister Marjorie.

In 1933, before Auntie Marge was born, they moved from Woodland to Baker (now Baker City), in Eastern Oregon where Marjorie was born in 1938. Arlene- a.k.a. “Mom”- attended North Baker Elementary, grades one through five, from 1937 to 1941; Baker Junior High, grades six through eight, 1942-1945; Baker Senior High, grades nine through twelve, graduating in the spring of 1949.

In the spring of 1950, Mom married our dad, Lewis Howard Wirth (Baker High, Class of ’46), at the local Lutheran Church (LCA) where mom had been a life-long member. Dad, typical of most Oregonians, then and now, was a nominal Christian in what has been called the “least-churched state in the union”. Nevertheless, he quickly set about at what can be assumed the “gentle urging” of his bride, Arlene- completing a 90-day program of instruction and became a “confirmed communicant member”.

The newly weds then settled out at the “Wirth Place” near Medical Springs, located some 25 miles northeast of Baker. They began the arduous task of creating and raising a flock of four kids. Julie Anne (b. 1951), Lewis Scott (b. 1952) and renamed “Scotty Anne” by sister Julie Anne around 1955, Blaine Morris (b. 1955) and Jeffrey Graham (b. 1960).
Dad, having taken on a winter job in town for Al Crosan, owner of ‘Commercial Welding Co.’, maker of steel cattle-handling equipment, rose rapidly to Production Manager of the very successful firm, renamed ‘Powder River Ranch Equipment’, after the river that runs through Baker. In 1960, the company made places to expand eastward, choosing Provo, UT for the move. Dad was, uh, “asked” to join with two other employees: the late Joe DeRoest and the late Meredith Spence, and we moved to Provo in June of 1961, setting up residence in Orem, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Arlene is survived by her four children, Julie and her husband Gerald “Jerry” Sorensen; Scott, Blaine and his wife, Laura; and Jeffrey and his wife Debbie; ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Our Family would like to give a special, deep thank-you to the people of Bristol Home Health and Hospice:
Lakyn Miller, RN; Cassie Anderson, RN; Halle Nyland, CNA; Robert Finicum, Chaplain; Steve Geisler, MSW; Leslie Braithwaite, LPN; Joe Novante, Chaplain; Tanner Marsh, CNA; Dani Robertson, CNA; Ashland Taylor, CNA; Kathleen Huntsman, CNA; Trevor Spotlen, CNA; Alex Mittusen, CNA; Ceara Thompson, RN; David Zemp, RN; McKenna Bush, CNA; Summer Callister, CNA; Lexy Patchett, CNA; Megan Chapman, CNA; Alex Shuey, CNA; Kenned Frame, CNA; Angela Crosby, CNA; and Chelsea Westlund, CNA

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 11:00 a.m., at Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East, Orem. Friends may offer condolences to the family online at
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  • Graveside Serice

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Orem City Cemetery
    1520 North 800 East
    Orem, Utah 84097
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T. Ryan Sorensen

Posted at 02:29pm
To my beloved Grandmother, you were everything that a grandchild could ever want or need. You will forever be in our hearts and minds. You will never be forgotten and you will always be with us. You are with Grandpa now and my doggie Gilby joined you yesterday. Reserve our place by your sides when we all meet again.
All of my love, your first grandchild,

Jackie R. Sorensen

Posted at 08:12pm
Such sweet memories of a lovely lady. Love and prayers going out to the Wirth family at this sad time. Love you all. John and Jackie Sorensen, Lake Havasu Arizona.

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