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Arleen Wiley

Arleen passed away peacefully at Serena’s House 24-hour Hospice Care on December 5, 2023. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Phoenix, Arizon,a where she raised her family. Arleen worked as a secretary for over 30 years in Arizona. She worked as a school secretary for Holiday Park Elementary School in Phoenix and then the Arizona Juvenile Corrections Department from which she retired.

After retirement she moved to Mena, Arkansas, with her husband where she lived for over 25 years prior to her passing. Arleen was a lover of animals, especially cats, dogs, and even her chickens. She adopted dozens of cats and dogs over the years and donated her time and money to multiple animal rescues and charities.

She is preceded in death by her husband Howard Wiley of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Robin Lynn Smaltz; and by her parents, Charles Edward Skiles and Helen Klosky Skiles of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She is survived by her sons, Robert C. Smaltz of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, James D. Smaltz of Peoria, Arizona; grandchildren, Andrea, Joseph, James, Joshua, Briana, Jennifer; seven great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Cremation arrangements for Mrs. Arleen Wiley were entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There are no services planned at this time.

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