Baker City, 1962-2019
Arlene Fay Saul, 56, of Baker City, died March 17, 2019, at Boise, surrounded by her husband and sons.
Arlene was born on April 13, 1962, at Emmett, Idaho, to Orie Gill and Florence Phelps. Arlene was raised by her mother and the man she claimed as her dad, Charlie Blevins. Following work and family, they lived in Nebraska and Tennessee before settling in Baker City.
Arlene graduated from Baker High School in 1981 and married her high school sweeheart, William Roy Saul, on Aug. 17, 1982. She attended beauty school in Ontario in 1981 and 1982. Upon graduation she began a cosmetology career, first at Madam Butterfly Salon until its closing, then at Hazel’s Beauty Salon in Baker City.
Arlene had their first son, Jason Allen Saul, on Nov. 25, 1984. Her second son, Aaron Lee Saul, was born on June 13, 1988, and she was diagnosed with cancer shortly after. With the strength of a warrior, stubborn in determination, and courage of the unknown, she whipped cancer’s butt. With Arlene’s love of life and her family, in 1990 she decided she would become a homemaker and raise her husband and sons.
She started a day care in Baker County. With her new career she nurtrued and loved many children in the area, including cousins, nieces and nephews, for 10 years.
Her hobbies included gardening, art and ceramics, most of which were passed down to her from her mother. Her passion for ceramics continued even after her mother’s passing and she sold her crafts at local bazzars. Quilting was another hobby and Arlene often created beautiful quilts as gifts for loved ones. She was a fantastic baker, so good that everyone requested she bring goodies to all family gatherings. Her family still laughs at the memory of one of her brothers-in-law, who stole her cooke jar full of cookies. He did return it a week later... empty.
Arlene loved her fur babies, all her dogs and cats, throughout the year talking of them often.
Arlene walked this earth loved by many. She was a caring, nurturing mother often giving more than she had. She was a beautiful woman with the patience of a saint. Arlene was always beaming with pride over her grandchildren; Hunter Jo-Allen Saul, Elijah James Saul and Devin Westley Saul, packing photos of them wherever she went.
Arlene is survived by her husband, William R. Saul of Baker City; her sons, Jason Saul of Marsing, Idaho, and Aaron Saul and his wife, Lafeesha, of San Antonio; her sisters, Connie Thomas of Sydney, Nebraska, and Charla King of Tellico Plains, Tennessee; and her grandchildren, Elijah Saul and Devin Saul of Texas, and Hunter Saul of Arkansas.