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Arlene E. (Heitzman) Hawk

Died: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Florence-Carlton Community Church

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Arlene Heitzman Hawk passed away in her sleep on December 17, 2018. She was born July 16, 1943 at Hardin, Montana to Walter and Mary Benzel Heitzman. Arlene was known and loved by everyone in her community and her loving personality will be missed. She was a graduate of Hardin High School and attended the University of Montana. Arlene was active in the Florence Carlton Community Church. She served on the church council for many years, where she held the position of president. For thirty years Arlene was co-owner, with her husband Ray, of Hawk Auction Co. in Stevensville Montana. Not only was she an asset in running the company, she was also an accomplished auctioneer. She had the honor of being the first woman auctioneer in the state of Montana. For over 10 years she taught the class on auctioning antiques at the auction school in Billings. She accompanied her husband Ray on many buying trips to the East and Midwest where she became an expert on many different types of antiques and collectibles. Her husband ran and served in the State House of Representatives and she was right there with him, working to get him elected and always giving him encouragement. She was a member of the spouse's club and was instrumental in procuring many antique pieces that adorn the capital to this day. She was also an important member of the Ravalli County Republican women's Club where she served as 1st vice president. She served on the board as parliamentarian and as MC during the regular meetings where she introduced the speakers for that day. There were many dinners and luncheons organized and put together by her. She will be sorely missed. Her parents Walter and Mary Heitzman of Harden Montana preceded Arlene in death. She is survived by her husband Ray of 55 years, son Joe of West Virginia, daughter Lynn, grandson Brandon of Stevensville. She is survived by her sister, Joarme and husband Stan Harms of Denver, Colorado, Rhonda and her husband Rick Brown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, her brother Merle Heitzman and wife Nancy of Ft. Benton, Montana, and brother Duane Heitzman of Hardin. Arlene is also survived by an extended family of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Services will be January 12, 2019 at 1pm Florence Carlton Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florence Carlton Community Church building fund.

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Ward Wenholz
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
A very GRAND Lady.
Will see you again.

Jack and Bonnie Chambers
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
We're so sorry to hear about Arlene. What a wonderful lady she was and always had a great smile to greet you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.
Jack Chambers

Linda Gregory
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
Ray, I was so saddened to learn of Arlene's passing. Even though decades have passed since we were all together as friends it seems as though I have lost a good friend. I wish you and your family well. Linda Gregory

Jerry Reynolds
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
So sorry for your loss of a very sweet lady. Arlene was so kind and thoughtful to my late wife Linda. Linda and I were blessed when we met Arlene that first time 29 years ago at the Florence Carlton church.
Thanks to you Ray for sharing Arlene with so many friends.

Don and Donna Murphy
   Posted Sun December 23, 2018
We will always remember Arlene as a person that always had a smile and was a very genuine person. She will be missed by everyone.

Will Deschamps/Donna Kay Jennings
   Posted Sun December 23, 2018
A shooting star faded from this earth, only to be greeted by family members at here new home in Heaven.

Sue Dodson
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
Ray I'm so Sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. May God wrap you all in his Loving arms and comfort you. Arlene is now in Peace. You and Lynn are in our prayers. She was a Great Light in our world and now in Heaven. Sincerely Sue Dodson your Teller at the FSB Bank.

Beth Perkins
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathies~

Martin Moss
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Ray, It's a sad time. Missed seeing you guys the last few years. Arlene was a great lady and a good friend, we will all miss her. Come visit us in Arizona.

Linda Browning
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Ray and family I was sadden to hear of Arlene's passing. She was an amazing lady and friend. Without her help Florence School could not have had 10 years of amazing auctions to benefit the Art students. We all are forever grateful. So sorry for your loss.

Bob Arnold
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
I was very saddened to learn of Arlene's passing. I will always remember our 'on the road' auctions. Arlene was always there by your side doing what ever was needed, may she rest in peace.

Linda weaver
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
My mentor in my first job with Dr Callaghan. What a lovely person. SHe will be missed.

Deb & Jack May
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
May God bless our beautiful friend Arlene as she has earned her angel wings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ray, and your family, as you mourn the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. You are loved by so many, Deb & Jack May

Jenny and Dallas Erickson
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
We were shocked to learn of the passing of Arlene and know the community will be a little darker without her bright spirit to light it up.

Our prayers are with you Ray and your family at this time but we share your faith that she is in a better place and has crossed that veil we all cross as planned by our creator. May you receive God's comfort and strength and Peace during this trying time in your lives.

Donald & Teckla Buelke
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Condolences Ray. We enjoyed knowing Arlene, a special lady.
Don & Teck Buelke

Kathy and Dale Dufresne
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Arlene's smile was so warm and welcoming. It was always a pleasure to visit with such a genuine person. We send hugs, prayers and good thoughts to all her family.

Lyle and Donna Bainbridge
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
We were very saddened to hear of Arlene's passing. She was a kind and compassionate lady, and always by your side. We have fond memories of all the auctions at your auction house! Our deepest thoughts and caring are with you at this time.

Vernon & Rose Gotcher
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
We are saddened at Arlene's passing. Arlene was such a wonderful, genuine lady. Always so respectful to everyone. We think of you constantly and hope you will let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

Vicky Crawford
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Ray, We very sad to hear of Arlenes passing. She was a wonderful friend and comrade for 35+ years. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Royal & Vicky

Ray & Carla McDonald
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Our deepest sympathies and prayers for you, and your family, Ray. We cared for Arlene, and missed her. Would see her occasionally at the store, and get a sweet hug. Our only thought is that she is safe in God's arms, and it is those of us left behind who mourn.

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