Arlette a former resident of Chemainus for 25 years passed away peacefully with family at her side January 26th, 2006 at Shasta Healthcare in Redding, California. Arlette was born July 2, 1918 in Macksburg, Iowa. She graduated from Swea City High School in 1935 and married her childhood sweetheart, Kenneth W. Seylar in 1938. They raised 5 children there. Kenneth predeceased her in 1966. Arlette later met and married James Alexander Dell from Moose Jaw. Sask. They chose Chemainus as their home. Arlette was a women of faith and immediately joined St. Michaels and All Angels Church where she sang in the choir, was on the Altar Guild and other church activities. She was involved with the HospitalÂ Shows,Â Chemainus Hospital Auxiliary and the Hospital Thrift Shop. Arlette was an avid gardener and bridge player. She loved the game of golf and was involved with the Mt. Brenton Golf Course. Arlette and Alex moved to Redding, California in 1993 to be closer to family. She joined All Saints Episcopal Church. She also volunteered in the Redding School District in a program called Grandmother’s teaching young children to read. Alex predeceased her in 1998.
In her early years, Arlette was an accountant in the grain industry. She was choir director in the Swea City Methodist Church. She was a member of Christ Church, Alameda, California and worked with youth groups against drugs.
Survived by one brother, KermitÂ and Barbara Skromme of Cupertino, California and one sister Catherine Olson of Redding, California, 6 children, Kenneth Seylar ,San Jose, Calif., Fred and Judy Seylar, Davenport, Iowa, Richard and Bonnie Seylar, Palo Cedro, Calif., James Dell, Moose Jaw, Sask., Denise and Rick Carmichael, Las Cruces NM., Kathleen and Dan Tyryfter, Goodyear Ariz., 16 grandchildren, 34 greatgrand children, many nieces and nephews, dear friend Ted GhileÂ of San Jose, Calif., also many otherÂ friends. Celebration of Arlette’s Life was held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Redding Friday February 3, 2006 at 11:00 am. Celebrant-The Rev. Jeff Frost Chalice Bearers- Mary Hinchcliffe and Marian Petersen, very dear friends, Organist- Kenneth Seylar.