Arline slipped quietly away at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, Aug. 14. She arrived on the island 45 years ago with her husband Cmdr. George Lauver, USN (retired), for what was to be a two-year stay. It didn’t take long for her to determine that this was to be her home, no more moves every two years.
Passing at 97 years of age, she had a full and adventurous life. She was born in Oak Park, Ill., to parents Vincent and Mildred Schlegle Chambers. She was a child during the roaring 1920s in Chicago and also lived through the Depression years there while her father was able to continue as an engineer on the Burlington Railroad. 1941 saw marriage and a move to Pearl Harbor, which was cut short as the squadron wives were evacuated in late summer after the Yorktown was secretly moved to the East Coast.
The next years brought a number of relocations throughout California.
Moving to the East Coast after the war, she met and married George and lived the life of a squadron wife for the next 25 years until settling in Oak Harbor upon George’s retirement.
Living in such diverse places as Carmel; Washington, D.C.; Kodiak; Lakenheath, U.K.; and Atsugi, Japan afforded her a global view and the opportunity to develop a network of shopping connections around the world. She loved nothing more than to be “on the hunt” for a particular antique, rug or piece of crystal.
The move to Oak Harbor was like old home week as they knew most of the others on their block from previous duty stations. She felt welcomed by the community and she embraced Oak Harbor, leading a vigorous social life. George lost his bid to be the oldest living fighter pilot in 1982 and Arline spent the next three decades traveling extensively in Europe, not slowing down until after her 90th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her husband George and son Jeffery Clarke. Arline is survived by her sister Lois Chambers Gordon of Illinois, daughter Leslie Oberdorfer and her husband Rick of California, and son Michael Lauver and his wife Teresa of Coupeville. Her four grandchildren are Corinne Oberdorfer Reher (husband Mark), Eric Oberdorfer, Chris Clarke and Bradley Clarke (wife Rochelle).
Representing the fourth generation are her four great-grand children, Alex and Luke Clarke and Jake and Lilly Reher.
An example of how to live life to the fullest, we will all miss her greatly.