God has made and gave a beautiful gift to us that is Arlene and has called her back to him on Aug. 30, 2020, after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease.

Arlene Ellison (Pownall) Cebina, 75, of Mount Vernon, Missouri, is survived by her husband, Joe, and her children, son Mark Pownall, daughter-in-law Jolene, grandchildren Matthew and Jenna in Michigan; son Michael Pownall, daughter-in-law Cindy in Michigan; daughter Ann Brooks, son-in-law Tom in Florida and grandchildren Riley and Noah.

Arlene was born on Oct. 12, 1945, in Cherryvale. She attended Labette County Community High School.

After gradation, Arlene married Malcom Pownall and moved to Detroit in 1963. She later moved to Monroe, Michigan, and raised her three children. She was part-owner of Erie Orchard Citer Mill in Erie, Michigan, for eight years. Arlene attended Monroe County Community College and graduated with summa cum laude honors. 

After her divorce from Malcom Pownall in 1989, Arlene worked for the cities of Ottawa Hills and Perrysburg, both in Ohio, in the city tax departments. Arlene married Joe Cebina and retired in 2000. Joe retired in 2007, and they moved to Mount Vernon, Missouri, on 5 acres and were very happy. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on Oct. 25, 2013, Arlene moved to Oak Pointe for around-the-clock Alzheimer’s care on March 30, 2017, in Monett, Missouri. On June 1, 2018, she moved to Mount Vernon Place Care Center in Missouri.

She loved to decorate homes, flowers, travel anywhere and especially Europe, doing taxes and grandchildren. She also enjoyed visiting friends and family and the church she was instrumental in building in Monroe, Michigan. 

Arlene was laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Cherryvale near her father and mother, and husband Joe Cebina will also be laid next to her so she is not alone.    

The most meaningful gift to her is a prayer, a prayer while your eyes are closed so not to visually distract from the meaning of your words, in a deep meaning for your love for her. It is not to be just a prayer but one from deep in your heart and soul as she would do for you. 

When you have moments of memories of her and you, and you have tears come to your eyes, this is her spirit visiting you. Do not hold them back but let them flow and enjoy the moment because it will not last as long as she is in heaven waiting for us.

Thank you, God, for giving us this beautiful gift of Arlene. We did our best to care for her in our presence. Please, Lord, place her soul in your cherish hands to care for her tenderly.

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