Della Marie (Fanshier) Wright-Arkell

Born: Wed., Dec. 21, 1921
Died: Wed., Sep. 16, 2015

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Wed., Sep. 23, 2015
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Della Marie Fanshier Wright Arkell

December 21, 1921 – September 16, 2015


Della Marie Fanshier Wright Arkell, 93, of Pendleton died Wednesday, Sept 16, 2015, at Suttle Care and Retirement in Pendleton.  Della was born in Pendleton, Or, on Dec 21, 1921 to Edwin A. and Ethell Haw Fanshier.  She grew up on wheat ranches in Gilliam County, attending schools in Clem, Olex and Arlington.  Later they moved to a farm near Pendleton, where she graduated from High School.  After attending a year course at the Draper School of Commerce in La Grande, she went to work under Civil Service at the Ordinance Depot at Umatilla and later worked at Fort Lewis Army Headquarters in Tacoma, WA.

     At the end of WWII she married Benjamin C. Wright from Terry, MT.  They returned to Pendleton to live after traveling in California for a time.  They raised two daughters, Charlene Marie and Karla Irene.  Della worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Johnson-Gillham Insurance Co and later for Pettyjohn Oil Co.   Several years after Ben’s death she married Donald L. Arkell.

     Della enjoyed traveling, making trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Panama Canal, and Mexico.  She took several cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean and visited numerous places in the US and Canada.  At home, she loved to spend time with her family, cooking, crocheting, doing embroidery and reading.  She was an active lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and it’s women's group.  Over the years, she belonged to several Square Dance Clubs, Garden Club and card groups.

   Della is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Keith) Arkell of Pendleton, sisters Vivian Smith of Pendleton and Helen Surber of Tacoma WA, granddaughters Kacie Fleming, Portland OR, and Jenni Fleming, Olympia WA.  Also son-in-law Pat Fleming of Battle Ground WA and step granddaughters Wendy Sorey and Whitney Porter of Pendleton.

     She was preceded in death by husbands Ben C. Wright and Donald L. Arkell and a daughter, Karla Fleming.

     A graveside service will be held Wednesday Sept 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM in Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Mon September 21, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Shirley and Lloyd McNary
   Posted Tue September 22, 2015
We had so much fun dancing with Della and both Ben and Don. So sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts are with you.

Eileen (LaSarge) Moon
   Posted Tue September 22, 2015
Dear Charlene,
We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I will always remember her as a kind and friendly lady. Dad passed on Memorial Day. We were lucky to have had them with us for so long but will miss them dearly.
Eileen and Tom

Bob, Pat and Cody Holden
   Posted Tue September 22, 2015
Othoughts are with you and your family

Wayne Harris and Julie Rosner
   Posted Tue September 22, 2015
Dear Charlene, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Dad has often spoken of the time he lived with the Fanshiers before WWII and worked on the ranch with his Uncle Ed. I also remember great Sundays when my family and yours would meet at Ed and Ethels. Dad is now 94. He is getting over a fractured pelvis, but working on his walking and soon to be out of rehab. So sorry to learn that Karla has passed. Bless you and your family. In deepest sympathy, cousin Wayne and Julie. Hermiston.

Marla (Jackson) Riecke
   Posted Thu September 24, 2015
Charlene and Family,
Please accept my condolences in the loss of your mom. So many slumber parties and sleep-overs with Karla "way back when"....Your mom was wonderful!

Keep the good memories close....

Steve and Karen Edmonds
   Posted Wed September 30, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We so enjoyed your mom.

Steve and Karen Edmonds
   Posted Wed September 30, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We so enjoyed your mom.

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