Arla Mae (Burns) Fenner
On March 20th, 2020 our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt passed away peacefully at the Schneidmiller Hospice House in Hayden, Idaho with her husband and children at her side, at age 74.
Arla was born November 19th, 1945 in Philip, South Dakota to Robert and Elizabeth (Thiemann) Burns.
In the 1950’s the family moved to Lead, South Dakota. She met the love of her life Jim Fenner in 1961 and united in marriage on September 10, 1962. To this union was born five children.
Those honored to of been a part of her life her husband James (Jim) D. Fenner of 57 years. Children: Robert (Bob) Fenner of Hayden, ID, William (Bill) Fenner and his wife Amber of Albuquerque, NM, Beth Ann (Fenner) Peterson and her husband Joe of Williston, ND, Bradley-Bryan Fenner (born and passed April 7, 1967), Becky (Fenner) Leighton and her husband Chuck of Hayden, ID. Nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren sprinkled through Idaho, Washington, and New Mexico. Her brother Robert (Bob) Burns of Lead, SD and sister Carol St. Michel and her husband Ronnie of Atlanta, GA. Sister-in-law LaVerna Fenner and her late husband Phil of Packwood, WA. Brother-in-law Jerry Fenner of Red Bluff, CA. Sister-in-law Patricia (Pat) Fenner of Santa Barbara, CA. Our extended families: Connie Kelly and her late husband Jack and their family, and Diana Meyers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Janice Mahaney, Roma Denman, and Johnny Burns.
In 1966 they moved to Renton, WA. Jim worked construction while Arla was a stay at home mother. In 1969 the family moved to Coeur d’ Alene, ID where Jim went to work at Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, ID.
Arla attended Lead High School, completed her GED in 1981 and attended North Idaho College in the mid 80’s. She worked at the Iron Horse restaurant then Profs Coffee Shop in Buttery’s shopping mall for several years. They bought a home in 1972 where she raised four children managing swimming lessons, little league, and boy scouts. She had a great love for family, loved cooking and had a sharp, 5pm dinner time. On very special occasions, we were all treated to a dinner out at a restaurant. One of her absolute joys and a fond family memory is when she’d make buttery popcorn and fill a large brown paper bag to the brim for a family drive-in movie night.
She became an avid bowler with a 170+/- average and was the treasurer for 30 plus years where she met many great friends with the same love of bowling, joining many tournaments over the years. Arla liked to travel in her early years, and loved babies, pets, chocolate, camping, and logic puzzles. Her joy of riding motorbikes and snowmobiles became the butt of many jokes with all her efforts to remain on the road. Her endless sense of humor and wit will be cherished memories for family and friends forever.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Schneidmiller House – Hospice of North Idaho.
Services will be held at a later date.