Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Arlene Mae (Fackler) Dawson

Arlene Mae (Fackler) Dawson, age 76, of Shelby, died Sunday evening, April 16, 2023 surrounded by her family at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Arlene was born on May 10, 1946 in Shelby to the late Steward A. and Edith Mae (Troxell) Fackler. A 1964 graduate of Shelby High School, Arlene then attended cosmetology school in Columbus and obtained her cosmetology license. Following graduation, Arlene worked at Nancy’s Salon and Beauty in Plymouth. She retired in 2002 from MTD in Willard after 20+ years of service as a Quality Control Inspector.

Throughout her life, Arlene served as a 4-H advisor for many years, volunteered at Shelby Hospital in the Infusion Clinic, and faithfully assisted at First Lutheran Church in Shelby. She loved to garden, tend to her flower beds, and go camping. Arlene also enjoyed cooking, canning, and sewing.

Arlene, herself, reminisced that “the happiest time of her life was when she was little” and that she “enjoyed dancing to 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s music”. However, her “greatest accomplishment was raising her four children on her own.” Her children survive: Monica (Ryan) Robinson of Shelby, Michael Dawson of Shelby, Julie (Adam) Miller of Shelby, and Janell (Dennis) Kershner of Mansfield; her grandchildren who she thoroughly adored and loved to watch grow: Cody, Alec (Meagan), Kayla (Ethan), Casey (Suzie), Jonathon (Kelli), Austin, Zane, Adalie, Ashton, Ty, Luke, and Rylie; two great grandsons: Bronx and Jayce; many cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Alexa Mae Robinson; and her best canine companion: Rudy.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 from 4-6 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 10 am. Rev. Dr. Rich Rader will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Fairgrounds Arena Campaign, 750 North Home Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44906.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Jodie gumbert says:

    So sorry for your loss. You are in in prayers Big Hugs to you all

  2. Heidi Hornikel says:

    Sending so much love and light to all in the family. Arlene will forever be fondly remembered with so much love and all of the laughter and joy shared throughout the years. May she Rest In Peace.

  3. Susan Metzger says:

    So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing, your family has my deepest condolences.

  4. Julie A Wells says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your Mom.

  5. Pamela Smith, Saunders says:

    I am, so sorry to hear of the passing of Arlene. She brought joy and happiness to my heart in our younger days. I was proud to call her my cousin. We had a lot of fun together. Even though I can’t make it home for her services. Know I will be keeping you Monica, Mike, Julie and Janell and rest of family in my thoughts and prayers. She sure loved you all!

  6. Rachel Hamilton says:

    Julie and Family
    My sympathy with you and your family during this time of your loss. Praying for comfort in the days ahead

  7. Jodi Evans says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Prayers for your family! She was such a trooper with a smile and always at the Richland County fair to support her family and kids/grandkids! She will be greatly missed by so many. Jodi Evans

  8. Linda McNeill Wilson says:

    Arlene was my “Sunshine Pals” 4H advisor in the early 70s for several years. I remember her as kind, caring, patient, and had a great sense of humor. We reconnected many years later and enjoyed catching up and reminiscing every so often. My condolences to her family and friends. Please know that she created many fond memories for me and others who enjoyed her leadership in 4H.

  9. Mariann Teagarden says:

    I was lucky to meet Arlene at MTD. She was a wonderful friend! Many Great Memories. May her family find peace in knowing how much she was Loved by all that knew her. Thoughts and Prayers

  10. Jill Karl says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Arlene and I were friends and did a lot of cooking together when she attended First UCC. She always spoke fondly of her family, especially the grandkids. What I liked most about her was that she was not afraid to speak her mind and we had lots of conversations about real life! Plus Rudy always had to give his two cents whenever I stopped by the house to visit! Peace be with all of you at this difficult time.

  11. Sharon Dillon says:

    Arlene was a presence during my entire Shelby experience. She was always friendly, kind and thoughtful. Her smile lit up our classrooms and other places we met.
    I’ve been gone from Shelby for many years, but her face has remained in my mind as a good friend.

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