Marilyn McHaney, Granddaughter provided information Marilyn McHaney
Arlena lost her husband Wilburn at the age of 49 with seven children still in the home. Her youngest children a son five years old and daughter under one. Her oldest son returned home to help on the farm. Later to purchase the farm equipment. Arlene purchased Haskell Laundry Mat ( wringer washers) from her daughter Francis and husband Dee Ridley. It was Across from the old church of Christ bld on Main Street in Haskell OK. At that time the street was red brick. She rented the connecting one room building next door. Two daughters hung cardboard walls to make three rooms. The only ventilation was a back screen door. There was a sink and toilet in this bld and they bathed in the laundry mat. She raised her seven children in this enviorment. They all helped and got other jobs to help out. Eventually the new laundry mat with washer and driers took over the business. Arlena with help of sons and son-in-laws built a frame two bedroom home. She raised her last two children in this home. Many wonderful holidays were spent with spilling grand children out of the home into the huge yard. There was always one bedroom with new babies on the bed. Arlena's parents Thomas and Rhodie (Teague - Mashburn lived next door). They moved to Haskell to help with her children. Laura next job was at Muskogee General Hospital in Muskogee Ok. She worked in the kitchen and contacted TB. The hospital paid for her stay in Tahlehena TB Saniturium. She spent two years under treatment. Arleen's was also diagnosed with Diabetes. The diabetise couldn't be treated along with the TB meds. Arlene lost her vision and lived on her on for many years. All nine of her children graduated from High School. All became responsible adults and unusual thing at that time. There were thirty two grandchildren and one great- grand son at the time of her death. She lost one child during her life of the age of 49 from a heart attack and diabetes. The only one of her siblings not lose young children. Her goal in life was to raise all her children before she died. Her last was a Senior at home when she became ill. A Doctor had told her after her husband passed away she had a enlarged heart and not to work or face a early death. She new every family member when they came to her door. The many grandchildren were amazed she knew them. The family was shocked when the community spilled out of the church of Christ at her funeral. They had no idea she had so many friends in the community.
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On 1 Dec 2016 at 13:37 GMT Marilyn (Mosteller) McHaney wrote:
Arlena is 23 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 22 degrees from Mel Lambert, 22 degrees from John Lejeune and 23 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.