Arlene Ebelt was born in Salt Lake City, UT. Her father is William Henry Ebelt, who was a career U.S. Army Soldier. Her mother is Zola Brodbent Kitt. Arlene’s family included two older sisters, Helen and Peggy.
Arlene’s early years were influenced by her mother’s illness of Rheumatic Fever.
Her mother died at age 34, one month before Arlene’s 12th birthday.
When her father was transferred to Washington, she lived with three different families until she was 15 years old. She then moved to Blanding to live with her sister, Helen Ebelt Bayles.
Arlene graduated from San Juan High School in 1952. She enjoyed her high school years and developed great and everlasting friendships with her classmates.
She was involved in planning and conducting class reunions, which she loved.
During her high school years, she lived with four different families. This challenging lifestyle developed exceptional and positive personality characteristics which were demonstrated throughout her life.
Shortly after high school graduation, she married Harold Johnson Lyman in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Harold was in the U.S. Army and was assigned to Fort Richardson near Anchorage, AK. They were together in Alaska for eleven months.
During the balance of her life in Blanding, a major feature was the many special friendships she developed. One lifelong friend expressed it this way, “She is a true friend.”
Arlene was involved in several community and public service assignments. She and her sister in-law, Kathryn Shumway, were cheerleader advisors for five years.
She served on the Blanding City Planning and Zoning Committee. She was the Secretary Treasurer of the Blanding Community Legacy Foundation from 2001 until the time of her death, even though she could not function in that position for some time due to health issues.
Bret Hosler, foundation president, did not want to release her for fear of hurting her feelings. That is an example of the great respect she earned in all of her relationships and assignments.
Arlene’s favorite calling was as a member of the San Juan Stake Public Relations Committee. She was proud of the project organized and funded by their committee to build the stone wall along the highway frontage at the Blanding City Cemetery. She sponsored a fund drive with her high school class which raised a significant amount.
Arlene was baptized at age 13 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square into the LDS Church. She served in many church callings, including Primary teacher and counselor; Young Women’s teacher, counselor, secretary, and Stake Relief Society Secretary. Many of the young ladies she worked with often express their love for her for the positive influence she was.
Arlene worked 32 years as a high school and district secretary.
Arlene had true love for each member of her family, including four children, Raymond Rick Lyman, Lori Porter, Jill Rarick, and Kitt Raymond, twelve grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Helen and Peggy.
Services were held, Monday, August 6 at the LDS Stake Center in Blanding, with interment at the Blanding Cemetery.
Card of thanks
The family is very grateful to everyone who was involved in the life, illness, and death of our Great Lady. This has been a model for Ministering in Action and a Blanding Community Culture of Caring.