Arliss J. Donald, age 84, of Kerkhoven, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. www.petersonbrothers.com
Arliss Jean (Case) Donald was born March 27, 1935 to Anna and Edgar Case in Glassport, PA. She survived early childhood tuberculosis and later graduated from Glassport High School with honors. In 1950 she married Robert Harold Donald. She gave birth to and raised three children, Joan (Joanie) Sharon, Robert Edgar and Dwight Douglas.
Arliss was a devoted mother who poured her life into the well-being of her children. She also served as a procurement officer for Christian missions in Irian Jaya, New Guinea and held various administrative job roles throughout her life.
Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joys. In later years she devoted her attention to prayer, encouraging her friends and family and generously sharing whatever she had with others. She possessed a quiet, gentle disposition and warmth that deeply affected all those who knew her well.
Arliss is survived by her three children Joan (Joanie) Sharon (Rexanne) of Rockford, Minn.; Robert Edgar (Connie) of Parker, Colo. and Dwight Douglas (Paula) of Centennial, Colo. She is additionally survived by three grandchildren, Elizabeth Francesca (Will), Jacob Robert and Gavin Isaac.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Nathaniel, who died in infancy.