Arlene Joyce McGetrick (nee Carson), 90, of Canyon City, Oregon passed away on October 28, 2022, in Boise, Idaho with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.
Arlene was born January 9, 1932, in John Day, Oregon. She attended first through eighth grade at Rebel Hill School in Canyon City and graduated from Grant Union High School in 1949. Following graduation, she married Harley McGetrick and together they had two sons, Jerry and Dan. She was proud of her family and was affectionately known as “Grandma Lene” to three grandsons, two step grandsons, and seven great-grandchildren.
Arlene was a dedicated worker who started working at age 12 and did not retire until age 73. From an early age she ran errands for several businesses in town. Upon graduation she secured a full-time position as a telephone operator for the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company. She enjoyed her work at the phone company until 1965 when the phone system transitioned from operator assist to dial. She then worked with the local sheriff’s office and county assessor until 1968 when she became the temporary Canyon City Postmaster. This position paved the way to her official appointment in 1971. She served as the Canyon City Postmaster until her retirement in 1992.
Arlene was a proud fourth-generation resident of Grant County. She loved her work as Postmaster serving the local community and developing friendships that would last throughout her years. After retirement from the post office, she continued to serve the John Day community as Grant County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director until 2005. In 2007 she was honored as Grand Marshall of the’62 Days Parade.
Arlene is preceded in death by her son Jerry McGetrick, parents Emma and Roscoe Carson, brother Bernie Carson and wife BZ, and ex-husband Harley McGetrick.
She is survived by her son Dan McGetrick and wife Kelly, grandsons Ian (Kalie), Sean (Elizabeth), Brady (Ariel) and great-grandchildren Norah, Harvey, Rory and Miles. She is also survived by her Stepdaughter Kathy Ward (Gary), sons Jeff (Renee), Jay (Dany) and their children. Her surviving nieces Mindy Bryan and Susan Smalley held a special place in her heart.
In addition to her family, she made many dear and wonderful friends (you know who you are) whom she cherished. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to those who loved and cared for Arlene throughout the years.
A graveside service will be held at the Canyon City Cemetery November 5, 2022, at 1:00 pm to celebrate her life. A reception will follow at the Canyon City Community Hall in Canyon City.