Long-time Chandler resident Lecil Irene Smith Arends peacefully passed away January 9, 2021, at the age of 106 years, 8 months and 16 days. Lecil was born to Peter and Rosa Noyes Smith on the family farm near Wilmont, Minnesota, on April 24, 1914.
Lecil and John (Jack) Arends were married February 25, 1939. Jack died in October 1971. Lecil was also preceded in death by her sons John (and wife Marge) and Jim (and wife Kitty); six siblings; and brother- and sister-in-law.
She is survived by children Bill (Rose) Arends of Minneapolis MN, Joyce (Bruce) Hanson of Waterbury CT, Linda (Larry) Hill of Independence MO, Sandra (Bill) Caron of Denver CO, Tom (Diane) Arends of Austin MN and Cheryl Wahbah of New Hope MN; 19 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. All of whom she loved dearly.
Besides raising her eight children, caring for her invalid mother-in-law for many years, helping Jack on the farm and tending a big garden, Lecil worked at Campbell Soup Co. in Worthington. She also managed to find time to travel the world, including trips to Europe and the Middle East. Lecil was a resident of Ecumen Meadows of Worthington for several years; her family is grateful for the loving and tender care she received there.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Ecumen Meadows or Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington. A celebration of Lecil’s life will be held this spring.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.