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Obituary - Marlene Arkinson


January 14, 2019

Marlene Arkinson

Marlene Arkinson, 62, passed away due to natural causes at the Northern Montana Care Center Friday, January 11, 2019.

Wake services began at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, and continued until her funeral service, which was at 10:00 a.m. today, Monday, January 14, 2019, all at Marlene’s residence on Arrow Wood Drive. Burial will follow in the Rocky Boy Cemetery.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Marlene’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at http://www.hollandbonine.com/.

Marlene was born October 26, 1956, in Fort Belknap to Thomas and Maggie (Coffee) Arkinson. She was raised in Rocky Boy attending school there. Marlene graduated from the Job Corps in Astoria, OR, and returned to Box Elder following graduation. She began spending time with Larry Piapot, with whom she had a son and daughter, but they later separated and she spent time with Marvin Spottedbird, with whom she had another son. They later split up, and Marlene and Larry got back together. She and Larry remained together, even though he entered a nursing home about a year ago.

Marlene enjoyed cooking and was well-known for her frybread, beading, playing the machines, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nancy Smith, Jim Arkinson, Tom Coffee, and Going In Backwards; parents, Tom and Maggie Arkinson; sisters Pauline Arkinson Old Bull, Darlene Arkinson Belgarde, and Mercilene Arkinson; brothers Gary Arkinson and Edward Arkinson; nieces Jewel Arkinson Gopher, Tiffany Booker, Lacey K. Arkinson, Yvette Belgarde, and Lavida Belgarde; and nephews Dean Roy Small and Earl Chief Standing Rock.

Marlene is survived by her daughters, Latrisha (Cesar) Arkinson Celis and Larette (Victor) Cuara, all of Salt Lake City, UT; sons, Terrance Piapot of Rocky Boy and Marvin Spottedbird, Jr. of Havre; nine grandchildren, Latoya Arkinson, Skydawn Thompson, Lateaya Murie, Freeman Thompson, Martina Cuara, Victor Cuara, Jr., Aryanna Cuara, and Luis Celis; seven great-grandchildren; sister Arlene (Dan) Booker of Great Falls; and brother Earl (Elaine) Arkinson of Rocky Boy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family and friends.


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