Arlene Swearingen Muthersbough, 95, of Amarillo died Saturday, October 1
Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 19 at the Boxwell Brothers Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Arlene was born December 3, 1926, in Mattoon, IL the daughter of O. E. and Wilmirth Swearingen. After high school graduation, she attended Eastern Illinois State where she was voted homecoming queen and met her husband-to-be, Jack Muthersbough. She and Jack were married until Jack passed in 2016, after 66 years together. Arlene and Jack moved to Amarillo in 1952 where she has called home for the past 70 years. During that time, they were very active and both became elders in the First Christian Church. Shortly after moving to Amarillo, they had their only child, a son, Kevin “Kim” Muthersbough, who lives with his wife Sandy in Marietta, GA.
Childhood education was the focus of Arlene’s life. Her professional career as a teacher covered 40 plus years, primarily as a 1st grade teacher in the Amarillo Independent School District. During her career with the AISD, she taught at multiple elementary schools, finally retiring from Margaret Wills. She particularly enjoyed introducing her young students to the magic of reading and stories, with the highlight of her year being the Peter Rabbit banquet. Prior to teaching in Amarillo, she was “Miss Arlene” on KGNC’s broadcast of The Romper Room in the mid ’50s. Years later, Arlene returned to the classroom as a student, receiving her Master’s degree from West Texas State. She was recently recognized as a Diamond Sister (60 years membership) of the professional women educators’ sorority Alpha Delta Kappa. Christmas was Arlene’s favorite holiday season and her favorite retirement projects were participation in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and making several boxes each year for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program.
Arlene was the youngest and last survivor of 10 siblings, and she was a treasured aunt to dozens of nieces, nephews, and their children who are scattered across the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest. Over the years she and Jack loved hosting several Swearingen family reunions.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program or to the Muthersbough Family Scholarship Fund at WTAMU.
The family will receive visitors from 6-7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 28, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.
Please sign the online guest book at www.boxwellbrothers.com.