Arleen Bye, 94, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, July 2, 2021 at Avera Brady
Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday,
July 7, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stickney. Burial will be at Ebenezer
Lutheran Cemetery in rural Corsica. Visitation will be one hour prior to the
funeral service at the Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Arleen Delores Bye was born on November 29, 1926 in Sioux Falls, SD. She
was adopted when she was three years old by Edwin and Mary (Everson) Haugum
of rural Corsica. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith which
she steadfastly remained faithful to until the time of her death.
On June 2, 1948, Arleen was married to Bruce Bye at the home of Arleen’s
parents. From this union, Bruce and Arleen were blessed with four children:
Audrey, Lola Mae, Renee, and Lowell. They farmed in the Corsica area until
they retired and moved to Stickney in the fall of 1985. They celebrated
their 50th anniversary together in June of 1998 and shortly thereafter, on
December 26, 1998, Bruce passed away unexpectedly. Arleen remained in their
home in Stickney until 2016.
Arleen enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an accomplished
seamstress and used that talent to help sew many mission quilts through her
Church, St. Paul Lutheran of Stickney, SD. She also enjoyed cooking and
baking and shared that by cooking at the Stickney Senior Citizens Center and
Legion Cafe* for several years when they first moved to Stickney.
Arleen is survived by her four children: Audrey (Jim) Handsel, Mitchell
SD; Lola Mae (Pat) Cranny, Plankinton SD; Renee (Jim) Spaans, Mission TX;
and Lowell (Merna) Bye, Corsica SD; five grandchildren: Darin Cranny and
fiance’ Anna Klein, Plankinton SD; Nicole (Craig) Roth, Tea SD; Kyle
(Krysta) Spaans, Weisbaden Germany; Trevor (Brittany) Bye, Corsica, SD; and
Adam Bye, Corsica SD; her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;
sister-in-law, Darlene Bye; 2 nephews and one niece.
Arleen was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; parents, Edwin and
Mary Haugum; in-laws, Ingman and Myrtle Bye; and brother-in-law, Mervin Bye.