July 5, 1923 – January 11, 2019

Arlene Rife, age 95, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 10:02 AM - Friday, January 11, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM – Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois, with Jonathan Broscious officiating. Burial will follow in the Bailey Cemetery in Latona, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 16th. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.

Arlene was born on July 5, 1923 in Muddy Township, Jasper County, Illinois the daughter of Pearl Clagg and Pearl (Martin) Clagg. She was a member of the Latona Church of Christ and enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards and sewing.

Arlene married Sylvan Rife on February 8, 1941 and he preceded her in death on June 22, 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughters Carol Dial and Cheryl Biggs Nuxoll, her brother Burnell Clagg and her grandson, Scott Biggs.

Arlene is survived by 4 grandchildren: Cindy and Tom Jansen of Effingham, Toni Chisler of Watson,

Tammy Biggs of Effingham, and, Todd Dial of Dietrich; two sisters, Eloise Butler of Newton and Wilma Cochran of Newton; ten great-grandchildren; fifteen great, great-grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.