Arlene Eld
Arlene Eld

Obituary of Arlene B. Eld

Surrounded by family during her final days, Arlene B. Eld passed away peacefully in her home on Monday 4/18/2022, at the age of 84.  Mom had a courageous battle with cancer.  Despite her suffering she never stopped loving, caring, praising our Lord and Savior and giving out the world’s best hugs.

Born July 21st, 1937, Arlene was the 2nd oldest child to Wesley & Annie Nelson in Spokane, Washington.  She was introduced to Larry Eld through a mutual friend while he was attending the University of Idaho in 1961.  Larry quickly fell in love with her 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Hardtop and the beautiful woman ‘Hotrod’ who drove it.  Six months later they married.

Arlene worked to put Larry through veterinary school until he graduated as a D.V.M from Colorado State in 1967 and she received highest honors with a P.H.T. (Putting Hubby Through) degree. Following graduation, they moved back to Idaho, with Larry starting veterinary practice and to raise a family.  In 1969, they adopted Larry A. Eld II ‘Mini Bert’ and in 1971 adopted their 2nd child Kirk W. Eld ‘Pumpkin Head’.  Throughout her life, Arlene never ceased being a mother to her boys.

World missions and her Church community were Arlene’s passion, she faithfully donated to support missionary ministries to spread the gospel around the word by witnessing God’s love and grace through Christ Jesus.

Arlene loved traveling with Larry, their 2 boys, and the grandchildren.  Her fondest memories of travel were her trip to the Holy Land and the family trips to Disneyland and Maui where they treated the entire family to memorable vacations.  Humorously, her least favorite vacation memory was the snowy mule ride down the Grand Canyon.  

Arlene loved to entertain and her passion for hosting was centered around family and the Church, especially during the holidays.  She took great pride in presenting an elegant dining table using her finest chinaware and serving a delicious meal to her loved ones.

Arlene ‘GiGi’ loved to spoil her children, grand and great.  She took tremendous pride in her nickname of ‘GiGi’.  Larry and Arlene loved to babysit the grandkids, teaching them about Jesus by reading the Bible, praying and listening to gospel music.  Together, they were faithful in praying daily for their boys, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents Annie and Wesley Nelson, brother John Nelson and sister Lois Alley.  She is survived by her husband Dr. Larry A. Eld and their sons, Larry A. Eld II (Melissa) and Kirk W. Eld (Gailynne).  Her remaining siblings are Carolyn Little, Ruth Cox and Sharon Lawson, and grandchildren Jordynn Eld, Lexxi Radke, Emily Wixom, Nathan Hunter, Zach Hunter, Ashley Anderson and 8 great grandchildren plus anticipated baby expected July 2022.

Services will be held at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian Idaho on Monday 4/25/2022 at 1:00 PM MDT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Boise Rescue Mission.  Friends or family may also send flowers or plant a tree in memory of Arlene via Summers Funeral Home.

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday, April 25, 2022
Valley Shepherd of the Nazarene Church
150 W Maestra St,
Meridian, Idaho, United States
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