On Feb. 14, 1928, Ruso, was graced with the birth of Arlene Ruby Boyko. Peacefully, 85 years and six days later, on Feb. 20, 2013, she slipped into her last sleep. Hers is a rest well earned.
Growing up as a farm child of the Depression, work was crushing and constant. She continued her busy life by beginning a teaching career at age 18 and then marrying Paul Zablotney. They started their farm and a family while she continued with teaching and her education, eventually earning a Ph.D.
Arlene found time for great devotion to her Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her heart was in missions. She was involved in several extended volunteer mission projects that took her to Africa, Finland, Russia, Mexico and various U.S. states. The majority of her education career was in the schools of the Adventist Church, her last job as a principal in the Texas Conference. Upon retiring and moving to Ogden, Utah, she spent numerous hours volunteering for Deamude Christian School.
Saying "Sleep Well" to Arlene with sad hearts are: children, Arla, Ogden, Terry, of Maryland, Desta, of New York City; grandchildren, Ciara, Jeffrey (Shawna) Daynnell and Noah; great-grandchild, Reno; sisters, Elsie and Jeannette; brother, Maynard; and sweet pup, Scruffy.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Paul; daughter, Lynn; parents, Harry and Mary Boyko; brothers, Arnold, Donald and Edwin; and sister, Delores.
A memorial service will be held: Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m., in the Ogden Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2185 Tayler Ave.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, may be made to the Deamude Christian family who have been so compassionate during these gray days.
(Aaron's Mortuary, Ogden)