Arlayne Hunt of South Haven died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, while residing at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. She was 89.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Thomas Olson as the Celebrant. Entombment will follow at the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and at the church one hour prior to services Thursday. Parish prayers will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Arlayne Elizabeth Hunt was born Feb. 23, 1924, in South Haven to the late Alex and Ida (Schmidt) Marquardt. A 1942 graduate of Annandale High School, Arlayne spent most of her life nearby, except for one year in Pensacola, Fla. Arlayne married Charles E. Hunt Aug. 26, 1949. They established a home and farmed south of Kimball. In 1957, they moved to
St. Nicholas to raise crops, cows and kids. In 1966, they bought a farm outside of Fair Haven on Hunt Road, and they lived there until moving to assisted living in March 2010.
Arlayne enrolled at St. Cloud Normal School (now St. Cloud State University) in 1943. After a year of college, she was granted a special teaching license because of a desperate teacher shortage because of the war. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse for three years, grades 1-8. Her salary was $75 a month, and her duties included cleaning the school, drawing water, and chopping wood. Her next teaching job was the Fair Haven School, grades 1-4, at a monthly salary of $125, without the cleaning and chopping duties. She taught at Fair Haven for a year. Later, two of her students’ sons would marry her daughters. Many years later, after her children were all in school, Arlayne recaptured her teaching dream by providing one-on-one and small-group mentoring for students in the Kimball Area Schools. She was named “Outstanding Lay Person in Education” in 1980.
After retiring from the school system, Arlayne could be found telling her favorite story, “The Giving Tree,” to many of the visitors at the Twin Barn Farm. On several occasions, Annandale’s Pioneer Park’s one-room school house was filled with her grandchildren as she held school for a day. She often hosted afternoon “teas” of root beer and goodies for her grandchildren followed by an art lesson or scavenger hunt.
Arlayne loved the arts: acting writing, painting, creating, and performing; in fact, she gave her first performance when she was 3. She served as a 4-H leader for many years providing her children with many opportunities to grow and lead. She wrote and directed many of their Share-the-Fun skits, and she provided creative ideas for their booths and demonstrations. She received the Gold Clover award in 1976 for her leadership, as well as the “Friend of 4-H” award in 1986.
Arlayne was a talented seamstress, enjoyed reading her Bible, and was an active member of her church. As a nature lover, she enjoyed walks in the woods, gardening, and she loved birds. Arlayne was a loving wife, a friend to so many, a wonderful mom, and an amazing grandmother, and she will be missed by many.
Arlayne was preceded in death by Charles Hunt, her husband of 62 years; brother James Marquardt; sister Shirley Wills; son Richard Joseph Hunt; daughter-in-law Lanette Hunt; and son-in-law Dave Nelson.
She is survived by sons Charles (and Laurie) hunt, Michael Hunt, and James (and Lori) Hunt, all of South Haven; daughters Karen Nelson of The Villages, Fla., Charlayne (and Gary) Stumm of Maple Grove, Rebecca (and Rudy) Maurer of Good Thunder, Kathryn (and Kurt) Eisenbraun of South Haven, and Jacquelyn Sorensen of Osakis; daughter-in-law Marlyn Hunt of South Haven; 28 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David, Chris, and Jeff Hunt, Mike Stumm, Rudy Maurer, and Preston Fischer. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck, Karl, and Cameron Hunt, and Jesse Sorensen. Music for the service will be provided by Frosty Schiefelbein organist, and the St. Anne’s Choir.