Arlena R. McLaughlin


Died: March 11, 2014
PEKIN ~ Arlena R. McLaughlin, 68, of Pekin, passed away 8:26 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her home, after a 7 year illness where she never complained.;Born November 2, 1945 in Pekin to Peter Edward and Beulah C. (Woods) Urish, she married Ronald Ray Pfanz in 1963. She later married Duane McLaughlin on April 28, 1979 in Green Valley. He survives.;Also surviving are two daughters, Rhonda (Robert) Ghidina and Brandie Pfanz, both of Pekin, two sons, Darrin (Sherry) Pfanz of Pekin and Chad (Teresa) Pfanz of South Pekin, two step-sons, Jason (Nancy) McLaughlin of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Brian McLaughlin of Bellevue, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one sister, Sharon Logue of Poyen, Arkansas.;She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Andy James, and one sister-in-law, Donna Duboise.;Arlena had worked as a phlebotomist with the American Red Cross. She later was the office manager for Andy Berry Law and Accounting in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She last managed the DJ’s Drive-In in Bismarck, Arkansas.;Arlena was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing.;Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.;Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.;To express condolences online, visit

Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

405 Rusche St
Creve Coeur, IL
Phone: (309) 694-3322